UFO (1956)

UFO (1956)
(a.k.a. UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS: THE TRUE STORY OF FLYING SAUCERS)
Article #1650 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-20-2005
Posting Date: 2-17-2006
Directed by Winston Jones
Featuring Tom Towers, Nicholas Mariana, Delbert Newhouse

A reporter finds himself in the middle of a rash of flying saucer sightings.

This movie is a pseudodocumentary, which is to say that it largely consists of reenactments of flying saucer sightings. An actor plays the role of reporter Albert M. Chop, while most of the rest of the cast is playing themselves. And I do mean playing themselves rather than being themselves; at all times, it feels like they’re reading from a script rather than telling of events off of the top of their heads, and seeing how none of them feel like natural actors, it all feels rather wooden rather than vividly real.

For the record, I tend to hover somewhere between skepticism and “Maybe…” on issues like this. The movie doesn’t really do a bad job; the attention to detail is a plus, and the unsensational way in which everything is presented allows the viewer to come to their own conclusions. It might change some people’s minds on the matter, but it really didn’t have an effect on mine, and its biggest selling point (it has actually filmed footage of sightings) isn’t anything I haven’t seen before. As entertainment, though, the wooden presentation does make viewing the movie a rather joyless and dull experience for much of its running time. You probably know whether you’d be interested in this one or not without any commentary by me, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s merely a curio.

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