Beautiful, moving film.
I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.
Tells a fascinating and unsettling true story, and does so well, without pretending to have all the answers.
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
Some angry reviewers are really slamming this movie, but it's not as bad as they rant about. At first, it feels like the acting is mediocre at best - you know, young pretty people taking a back road they shouldn't be on, and trying to be funny and emotional, that type of thing. It does keep getting better, though, but still feels like a movie of the week, which somehow makes it better (lower expectations).What keeps it looking low budget is a combination of: the choice of camera angles and editing (textbook stuff here, but too plain for a thriller), the TV-style slow motion effects and some of the dialogue. It is riddled with horror movie clichés as well (a couple of clever reveals and jump scares, etc).I was going to pull the rip cord at about 20 minutes, but kept watching because it was late at night. At 30 minutes, I decided that I crossed the Rubicon and watched the whole thing. You have to watch the last act! Summary - a low-budget, clean-looking, cliché-ridden, movie-of-the-week style movie, with some good visual effects, which gets better during the last half and has an interesting final act.
I think if you are a fan of sci-fi or are interested in the UFO subject you will hands down find this an entertaining film. You are on the edge of your seat the entire time, it is very scary. That was what it was trying to do, be a thrilling film, and I think it got that down very well. Also the actors were not required to do much but I think for the budget and the 'level' of the actors, the acting was more than average and fit the film perfectly. IF you do not like sci-fi, you probably wont like this film ,but if you don't mind it, even if you are not a sci-fi or UFO fan, i think you can enjoy this scary and somewhat thoughtful film. The special effects were very good too, I don't think anything looked fake or cheesy at all. 8/10
This may contain a spoiler or two, but I will try to avoid that.This movie is supposedly based on the regression-therapy records of someone who experienced the "Phoenix Lights" on March 13, 1997. If you have read the book "Communion" by Whitley Strieber then the plot will seem very familiar to you. Also if you have read the narratives from people who claim to have had encounters with aliens, the story might seem familiar to you. So much for the complaints about the story being predictable.If the statement about where the story comes from is true, then that would also explain why the dialogue and the story don't seem all that engaging. This is a true story. Ask yourself this: If someone made a movie of 3-4 hours out of your life, how interesting would it be? How snappy would your "lines" sound to an audience? Would the people watching "your story" think the events were "predictable?" Would they think the dialogue was "unimaginative?" For my money, the dialogue was believable as was the storyline. If this is a true story, I would expect it to be mundane, with ordinary conversation instead of scintillating conversation full of artful badinage. This is supposed to be true life, folks, not some screenwriter's fantasy! Given the above paragraph, I would say the acting was true-to-life. How many people do you know that are not all that great to be around? How many people do you meet everyday that are really engaging and you want to know more about them? Think about it. If this is a true story, then the actors managed to be come off being ordinary and uninteresting characters, just like you might expect. True life is not "Ocean's Eleven!" I thought the special effects toward the end were very good. The aliens looked like most of the descriptions that you will find in the book "Communion," mentioned at the first part of this review. From that standpoint, they were believable. Real life just does not always look as good as Hollywood movies.If this movie was indeed based on the source claimed, then it delivered exactly what I would have expected it to deliver: an incoherent story with a lot of holes and unanswered questions in it.
Movie built up a lot of tension and executed to a great ending. I am taking two Valium tonight because i know i will have a nightmare. It may be a lower budget feature, but using an actual event that happened made it pretty believable. The aliens and the special effects were top notch and the use of gore helped out a lot I wish i had a budget to be able to shoot the same type of movie. the only thing i was upset about, i watched d it on pay preview and it wasn't in letter box format. I prefer to be able to see the whole movie and not just the middle. The camera angles were great, they weren't extreme in nature and there was good pacing between shots. Had god audio and the music really added to to the tension. Good Work