We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to present you with some sci-fi/horror.
First i'd like to start by saying this is the best abduction movie I have ever seen. Admittedly, I have not seen a whole bunch, but this also isn't my first time around - and I really liked what this movie presented. I'd also like to say that "Based on a true story" pretty much up's the scare factor by 5 almost immediately for this reviewer.
Quick story summary: Travis Walton and 4 co-workers go into the mountains to work on a job. While on their way back, they see a beam of light in the trees where they are driving. Travis decides he is going to go out for a closer look and gets blasted by the beam of light and his co-workers assume the worst and leave him for dead. When they return to find him, he is gone. The search goes on and his co-workers are held for murder charges. After several days and the co-workers all passing lie detector tests, Travis comes back and matches the story with his co-workers. He was never proven wrong.
Now a note on that last line. After some research there are some people who think this is an absolute and well constructed hoax, I however do not fall in that camp which gives the movie and the book it's based on a lot more of a "creepy" factor. This coming from a guy who does not traditionally believe in alien abduction.
The acting in this film is above average. Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) does a good job playing Travis' best friend and convey's a believable amount of emotion when he is trying to describe the unbelievable. Craig Sheffer and D.B Sweeney, the other two notables do the same to give this story a way to suspend disbelief.
So, onto the horror aspect of this film.
The abduction sequence is awesome in the most terrifying way.
The scene itself is unfortunately very short, and is by far the only "scary" sequence in the film. What the scene lacks in length though, it makes up for with a sheer visceral presentation. The editing is quick and disorienting. Not in a way that would make you sick though, just in a way that convey's the frantic nature and the intensity of the situation.
This film was recommended before I had watched it, and It held up it's end of the bargain. I have no hesitation recommending this film, especially if you are a fan of the alien abduction genre. One complaint might be the ending, it definitely could have used some work as it ends in a weird place.
4.5 spaceships out of a possible 5.