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Fire in the Sky
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on April 12, 2003
The Travis Walton case remains one of he most popular in the folklore of alien abduction stories. I think the mere fact a movie was actually produced about it proves it's resonance. But, alas, the movie almost works if not for two main problems: It has too much of a vague, quick pace and it is not even accurate as according to Walton's description of the abduction experience in the book. The movie as a movie isn't too bad, there's some good acting, and some story elements which might seem cliché don't seem too out of place here. The best scenes involve the encounter with the UFO and the frightening experience within. These are, one must admit, some of the most realistic scenes of supposed alien abduction ever made. They are indeed intense and scary, making one wish he/she never gets abducted by aliens (even if you don't believe in them). However, the fault for someone who already is familiar with the Walton case is that these scenes both disappoint and effect. They affect because they are realistic, but they disappoint because they never resemble for a second what Walton describes in his book. In it he writes about the aliens looking like humans and giving him a tour of the ship etc. etc., pretty nice and hospitable extraterrestrials, but in the film they are small, hairless beings who treat Walton like helpless cattle and force him to go through a horrible exeprience involving medical experiments. What's the deal? Does the movie want to entertain us or make us believe? The movie as a whole successes in keeping the viewer wondering, especially in the scenes where Walton is still missing and everyone theorizes where he has gone. The ending is too quick and answers nothing, a few more minutes and we might have at least gotten information on Walton writing the book and going back to a normal workday. But alas, this is all we get, it works, but deserves a little more.
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on August 17, 2002
Fire in the Sky is striking for its statement: superior "entities" (whether they come from outer space, from another reality, or simply from the witness imagination) are neither necessarily benevolent...nor bad...or good, they might simply consider us as lab rats. It is with detachment and indifference that they examine their catches. We are abducted, restrained, examined, tagged, preserved, killed or simply released in our "safe" reality, depending on what they (the entities) feel might be useful for them. Like catching a fish, just for the pleasure of it, and then throwing the fish back in the water. Do we feel guilty in doing this ? It is very interesting to note that these aliens are quite similar to us: same anthropomorphic appearance and same cruelty but very scary face features. Demons. They might in fact be a mirror image of us. A manifestation of our deep subconscious nightmares, alternate life options born from the same collective unconscious. A movie you will not forget that easily because it sounds so real. Not for children and sensible persons.
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on August 15, 2002
Fire in the Sky is striking for it's statement: superior intelligent "entities" (wether they come from outer space or from another reality) are not necessarily benevolent...nor bad...or good, they might simply consider us as lab rats. It is with detachment and indifference that they examine their catches. We are abducted, restrained, examined, tagged, preserved, killed or simply released in our "safe" reality, depending on what they feel might be useful for them. Like catching a fish, just for the pleasure of it, and then trowing the fish back in the water. Do we feel guilty in doing this ? It is very interesting to note that these aliens are quite similar to us: same anthropomorphic appearence and same cruelty. They might in fact be a miror image of us. A manifestation of our deep subconscious nightmares, alternate life options born from the same collective unconscious. These events revive the old debate about what is Reality. A movie, wether based or not on a "true" story, you will not forget that easily. Not for children and sensible persons.
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on April 16, 2002
I'm still struggling to not hold it against a movie when they take a supposedly true story, keep a basic skeleton, and basically rewrite it. I should try to see if the movie stands on it's own. With fiction, this is easier. With supposed true stories, I have a bigger problem.
Yes, the movie strays big time when it comes to the part we really want to see, which is what Travis Walton claims to have seen in the spaceship. The movie completely ignores that he claims to have seen human-looking creatures as well as aliens. Why this wasn't even tried to be portrayed, I have not idea. So if I'm seeing this big omission as something to be critical about, yes, I'm disappointed.
But what if I didn't know the "actual" story? How does the film stack up on it's own. Well, first, they spend way too much time setting up for the "good" parts. We didn't really need to see that Travis is somewhat of a free spirit. We don't need to see how he wants to marry his boss's sister. And we don't need to know the chemistry of the crew he works on.
What we do need to see is more time inside the spaceship. I don't know if the movie had budget problems, but once they constructed the set, why not use it more. And yes, throw in the human-looking creatures. And spend more time with the adventures AFTER the incident, instead of too much before it.
That aside, it's not that bad a movie. We do care about the characters, and the D.B. Sweeney portray of Travis does show fear well, both as the incidents happen, as well as the aftermath. It also shows a good performance by a pre-"Terminator 2" and pre-"X-files" Robert Patrick. And James Garner delivers his usual comforting performance.
I wish they could have seen the movie, tossed it out, and started all over again.
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A seemingly standard alien abduction story until you realise it was based on a real person's account of one of these occurrences. The story is made more interesting by concentration on personal relationships within the affected group of men and a lot of time shifting and flashbacks within the framing device of a series of police interviews. The script, from Star Trek's Tracy Tormé is intelligent and subtle, spending time developing the characters, as well as exploring what the spaceship might have looked like. The special effects aren't that special, and the alien creatures (admittedly in Travis's head) are almost literal copies of those used in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.
James Garner is under-used although he acquits himself well, and Robert Patrick is not charismatic enough to hold a lead role (Although the X-Files may yet prove me wrong). I would have preferred it if they had made Michael and Travis look a little ore different from each other, as I was constantly confusing the two. The rest of the cast is pretty good, if lacking the star status that could have lifted the film. The action is well paced throughout the film, making fight scenes between two men look as dramatic as those involving spaceships. I recommend you watch this, then decide how much of it really happened. ***
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A seemingly standard alien abduction story until you realise it was based on a real person's account of one of these occurrences. The story is made more interesting by concentration on personal relationships within the affected group of men and a lot of time shifting and flashbacks within the framing device of a series of police interviews. The script, from Star Trek's Tracy Tormé is intelligent and subtle, spending time developing the characters, as well as exploring what the spaceship might have looked like. The special effects aren't that special, and the alien creatures (admittedly in Travis's head) are almost literal copies of those used in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.
James Garner is under-used although he acquits himself well, and Robert Patrick is not charismatic enough to hold a lead role (Although the X-Files may yet prove me wrong). I would have preferred it if they had made Michael and Travis look a little ore different from each other, as I was constantly confusing the two. The rest of the cast is pretty good, if lacking the star status that could have lifted the film. The action is well paced throughout the film, making fight scenes between two men look as dramatic as those involving spaceships. I recommend you watch this, then decide how much of it really happened. ***
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on January 12, 2001
A very enjoyable film. The mystery surrounding Travis Walton's abduction by a UFO and the public suspicion directed at his coworkers is well-handled. The cast, which includes James Garner, Robert Patrick and D.B. Sweeney among other familiar faces, is very good. The scenes aboard the UFO are harrowing. However, the filmmakers mistepped by making Travis' friend the dramatic center of the film rather than Travis himself. It would have been interesting to see Travis trying to cope with everyday life after his terrifying experience.
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on March 23, 2001
As a resident of the White Mountains, I can tell you that there is a lot more to the story than is shown in the movie. My rating of the movie is tainted mostly because I don't think they did a very good job of recreating the people or the area that these events supposedly occured. It's really not that bad of a movie at all and is pretty much worth your time. Just don't assume that it is complete non-fiction.
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on May 20, 2003
This movie deals with a man form the country being abducted. The aliens through him on a table, strip him down to his briefs, and perform medicla experiments on him. It is a very creepy movie, but the effects are a little cheap. Try it.
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on November 21, 2014
I thought that this movie would be a lot better then it was. I am quite disappointed with it as I recently heard from the person to who this all happen too and he said that for the movie a lot has been changed.
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