Those who study UFOs have developed a system of classifying UFO encounters. The first kind: sighting. The second kind: evidence. The third kind: contact. The fourth kind: abduction.
The Fourth Kind takes us one step past Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Spielberg took us as far as contact. In The Fourth Kind, writer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi takes us past mere contact with alien life and purports to show us actual abduction by an alien intelligence. It wants you to believe it is real. Actually, the success partially hinges on the belief that this is absolute truth. So, be sure not to do any looking before seeing the film.
A quick search of the Web will reveal that The Fourth Kind is a hoax. No matter what the advertising will have you believe, no matter what the film shows you, it is not real. The stories are familiar and I am sure you have heard them all before. The bigger question is in which camp do you find yourself. Are you a believer? A non-believer? Perhaps a skeptic? Where you land on that spectrum will play a big part in how much entertainment you derive from this film.
Me? I fall nearest to skeptic. I do not doubt that there is other intelligent life in the universe. What I do doubt is that we have actually been visited. I mean, I think if we were to be visited by intelligent alien life they would either reveal themselves differently, or at the very least to different people. But that is neither here nor there, as it does not affect the effectiveness of this film in my eyes. I suspect that if you are a believer, you will be drawn right in, while the non-believer will find the proceedings laughable. However, if you are a movie fan, the entire exercise should prove to be interesting.