Travis Walton works in the White Mountains, clearing bush for the government. Driving home from work, his colleagues arrive back in town, claiming that Travis was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them, and despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, Travis' disappearance is treated as murder. Travis reappears after five days, but in time, the terrible memories of his alien abduction come back...
Directed by: Robert Lieberman
. Starring: D.B. Sweeney
, Robert Patrick
, Craig Sheffer
, Peter Berg
, Henry Thomas
, Bradley Gregg
, Noble Willingham
, Kathleen Wilhoite
, James Garner
, Georgia Emelin
, Scott MacDonald
, Wayne Grace
, Kenneth White
. Music by: Mark Isham
Spoilers! As my pen-name suggests, I am a very skeptical person. However I do try and keep an open mind. I don't believe in aliens but that is not to say they don't exist. Although, it would be highly unlikely. How probable is that there are aliens who just happen to have have a humanoid form, cruising around snatching unborn fetuses and sperm samples from homo sapiens? Why not contact us directly? I am sure there are many people out there who would do all this very willingly just to get a ride in one of their flying saucers!
Yes, there is stuff out there that is unexplainable. It would be arrogant to think that nature does not have a few more tricks up its sleeve that we don't understand. But it is the human races own bizarre interpretation that lights in the sky are creatures from another planet, joyriding and giving random people anal probes.
For those interested in whether this story is true or not, I suggest you go to google and type in Travis Walton.
The one question you have to ask in a case such as this is, who benefits? Travis Walton and his buddies were doing forestry work. They were logging. They hadn't felled enough tree's. From my hazy memory. I recall that they were going to get fined by the contract company or lose their account with them or both. How were they going to get out of this? Fake an alien abduction. Not only do they get out of their logging contract but they also get paid to sell their story! Yes, Walton was paid to sell his story. Walton has taken all you alien fans for a ride!
You also have to remember that the information on the abduction was obtained from Walton under hypnosis. Hypnosis is notoriously unreliable. Just read psychologist, Elizabeth Loftus, on how easily memory can be tricked using hypnosis. It can even be so fooled that yes, it will pass a polygraph. Remember the whole false memory syndrome thing that happened years ago? Well, this UFO stuff is just more evidence of it. Hypnosis can cause subjects to begin to confabulate their responses. The hypnotists subject starts to make things up to please the hypnotist. Keep in mind that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Where is the real proof? You cannot justify a story like this on hypnosis and a polygraph test.
I think the whole UFO phenomenon is just a cultural fad, a kind of mass hysteria. Most of those major individuals of the UFO movement are just conning some gullible people. The media of course goes along with this stuff because lurid tales of abduction by aliens sure sell papers! Satanic ritual abuse was exactly the same kind of thing until it was proven to be a hoax. Notice how in the late 70's through to the 80's that this sought of thing was really popular and was really making a mark in popular culture. Slowly but surely the alien phenomenon has dissipated and is no longer as prevalent as it once was. Have you noticed now that when an alien abduction documentary comes along that the experience is now put down to sleep paralysis? Notice how hypnosis has moved out of the picture? The 'what if' is no longer the main feature of the documentary. It is, 'oh, so this stuff this is caused by a unique brain function.'
The movie itself is a tv mini-series turned into a movie format. The acting is pretty average. The best parts are when Travis is being operated on by the little spacemen. I kept thinking, so this is how chimps feel? It is almost like the director is saying, 'see! How would you like to be tested on? Not very nice is it! I hope you start marching for animal rights!' The special effects are pretty good, I like the sticky sheet thing that they put on Walton.
By the end of the film the aliens get rid of Walton because he is too much of a pain in the butt. Hey, leave our spacesuits alone buddy! Why do abductees always come back? If you wanted to collect genetic material, would you not just take the organism and lock them in a cage on your own planet? The whole alien abduction thing just falls apart when you think about it logically. Say aliens have been abducting people since the late 40's. Or from the time when UFO's were first sighted. Would they now not have enough genetic material to continue their race?
Because the whole film rests on some really big lies and deceptions. This makes the whole movie really unattractive. It would be fine if they made the film without the 'based on a true story.' Please, don't insult my intelligence by stating that it is a true story. Take it for what it is, a fictional but interesting country yarn.
Review by Skeptic459 from the Internet Movie Database.