Fourth Kind Lacks Scares, I Lack Friends

November 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm


The Athletic Nerd Movie Reviews

Before you ask, I do have friends but unfortunately I had no proof today.

I work for a large sports network and sports happen at night.  Therefore, I work mainly evenings.  So during the day when normal human beings are at work, I’m usually home with a lack of social contact.

It’s actually not that bad.  I use the time to write and work on various projects.  (More on that at a later time.)  A lot of the people I hang around with have non-human hours too but everyone was busy this morning.

So I went to the movies by myself.


I’ve been looking forward to seeing The Fourth Kind for a while now.  I’ve written about it a few times already. I think Paranormal Activity may have ruined it for me.  That movie seriously scared the hell out of me in theaters.  The Fourth Kind did not.

Unfortunately, one thing working against the experience was lack of people in the theater.  After all, only LOSERS go to the movies alone on Monday afternoons.  Speaking of which, dear heavy breather behind me… Really?

The first time I saw Paranormal Activity it was in a packed theater and I had an absolute blast.  Oh and for the record, I was with someone at that showing 🙂

Regardless of scares, The Fourth Kind is still a pretty great movie.  I’m a huge fan of aliens, UFOs and other topics covered on Discovery and A&E on a nightly basis.  (I like documentaries.)  I thought the approach was brilliant.  As an editor, I thought they did a fantastic job putting the movie together.  The ‘actual’ footage in particular was extremely well done.  The way they scrambled the video just enough to show you glimpses of super wide jaws and breaking bones.  It’s really creepy to watch and was pretty much the highlight of the movie for me.  Towards the end, there are a couple pretty great moments that were just plain cool.

I read a few reviews and everyone complained that it didn’t seem real.  Hello?  It’s a movie.  If you go in trying to prove otherwise, you’re guaranteed not to like it.  I liked it.  I think this will be a great movie to rent and possibly own down the line.  In fact, I’ll probably buy it for sure if they pack it with special features.

The only aspect of the film I thought was out of place was some religious references towards the end.  I’m all for the references but they seemed to come out of no where.  Some people may not make the connection but they’re in there.  It’s an interesting thought but they should have at least established it earlier in the movie.

Lets get back to the most important issue here.  Do I feel comfortable going to the movies by myself?  The truth is, I do it all the time.  Ironically my friends make fun of me for it.  The theater is 2 blocks away from work.  Why not?  It’s perfect!