I’m probably not the right person to discuss this trailer. I’m a skeptic, the kind of guy who doesn’t believe something unless he has hard evidence. The Fourth Kind is a movie for believers, a movie for people who want to believe in something so badly they’ll see things which aren’t really there.

Here’s an example. Mid-way through the first trailer for The Fourth Kind a scientist type starts babbling on about how the ancient Sumerians drew pictures in their temples of the Apollo rockets. And up on screen flashes one of those pictures, except it looks more like a vague phallus than a rocket. Unless of course you’re a believer. While I see an ancient dildo you’ll probably see a fully rendered portrait of Neil Armstrong.

The Fourth Kind wants you to believe and so it sets itself up as a re-enactment of documented footage. Give them credit, some of the editing they use in the trailer to convey that is actually pretty clever. Watch the trailer below and see what I mean:



Here’s the official line on the movie. Plot synopsis:

In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document...until now.

Structured unlike any film before it, The Fourth Kind is a provocative thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where—mysteriously since the 1960s—a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered.

Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.

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