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When Chris Norton was a boy, he witnessed an argument of his parents. His mother leaves the house, there is a power surge and she vanishes. His father Peter Norton claims that she has been abducted by aliens. On the present days, Chris is a filmmaker that wants to expose the hoax about alien abduction that destroyed his family. He travels with his crew to New Mexico to interview people that claim that had been abducted by alien that participate in an alien exposition promoted by Bill Johnson. Chris and his camera Brent meet Emily Reed, who claims that was abducted when she was seven and fourteen years old. She will be twenty-one on three days and Chris decides to stay with her. They fall in love with each other while strange things happen to Chris and Brent. What is the truth about alien abduction?Written by
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Fantastic Fresh Take. Goes Deeper Than The Usual Controversy
I was pleasantly surprised by the acting. The debunker has a personal story that drives him, to more than he knows I believe, trying to debunk these "experiences". As a result he comes across like a bulldozer into the eventual love interests, and experiencers life.
Yet instead of the usual canned, black and white relationship, in which the debunker must be hit in the head with it before believing a word, his past and/or his concern for the female lead allows him to have more than one dimension to his personality, same goes for his counterpart.
Not the same old "rescue" movie, where one figure dominates the other, we get the slow give and take, that is required in any disagreement in any relationship, not to "resolve" an issue, but to understand the point of view of the other, and to not only accept it, but often, to grow from it, is either deliberately or by virtue of the story and acting in this film. This wisdom only took me 53 years and my trust to understand. A genuine respect for each other overcomes the bulldozer fairly quickly.
On a deeper more spiritual level, I think this film is bringing us into the age old questions of duality or non-duality with this film (materialism vs. spirit/mind separate but also a part of the natural world). Is it possible for a physical reality or "truth", to also hold a deeper, often spiritual meaning? I think the answer is, yes of course, and that we have just forgotten this basic truth for a Self-Aware conscious being, obviously brought to this point in our "evolution", or made in the "image" of God in that we are self aware and complex creators, if you prefer, for a reason.
Within the last 40 years, discoveries in the material world, through science, has reopened the door to the truly "mystical" or "spiritual" and is no longer discounting the accounts of 10's of thousands of people who have had verifiable NDE's for example. But Aliens? How do they fit? I think this film falters a tad with a quick resolution and pulling back the curtain a little to early, but the quality of this refreshing take on an older topic stands solid in my mind. And the respect it gives peoples individual experiences, treating them with dignity was also a great change of pace!
Great movie, I gave it an 8 simply because I felt it deserved it at this time in MY life. Perhaps it is a 7, but I would go no lower for films of this budget and in this genera. WELL worth the watch.
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