Friday, November 6, 2009

Close Encounters of an Unkind Film

Directed by OLATUNDE OSUNSANMI
Starring MILLA JOVOVICH, WILL PATTON, and HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM

This film is so bad, there are no words. For Milla Jovovich to be in this movie was so disappointing. Supposedly this film is based on a true story, which is absolutely false advertising if I've ever seen it.

This film attempts to be a documentary/film, but it never quite succeeds. The director is completely inept and idiotic. Either it's a documentary type film ('Cloverfield' or 'Quarantine') or it's a movie. You can't have it both ways.

Plot: I won't even shame you with the details, but it's about aliens who abduct folk. That's the gist of it. There's some interesting stuff with regard to the Sumerian language that could have been expanded on, but the movie never developed it properly.  The most interesting aspect was Hynek's scale (based on Allen Hynek), which describes different kinds of encounters.
  • Encounter of the first kind is the sighting of a UFO (unidentified flying object)
  • Encounter of the 2nd kind is the observation of the physical effects of the UFO, such as crop circles, interference, lost time, radiation, etc.
  • Encounter of the 3rd kind (like the Spielberg film) is when contact is made with the UFO.
  • Encounter of the 4th kind is when they abduct someone.
The director made the huge error of placing the "real" footage alongside the "acted" footage throughout the entire film. However, this little 'Blair Witch Project' want-to-be, didn't have the where-with-all to realize that the internet is a big place and a different place than it was 10 years ago. People won't just believe you just because you create a wikipedia page for it. In fact the hoax had been found out before the film even came out. Someone will eventually find out that you're pulling their leg.

'The Blair Witch Project' was so successful because it hadn't been done before. As of 2009 the "fake" viral marketing campaigns don't work anymore because it's been done to the cows come home. Why couldn't someone at the studio tell him that before they gave him the money to make this movie?

ONE - 1/2 STARS OUT OF FIVE

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