Film (1993). Paramount. Directed by Robert Lieberman, screenplay Tracy Torme based on The Walton Experience by Travis Walton. Cast includes James Garner, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer and D B Sweeney. 109 minutes. Colour.
Based on a supposedly nonfictional account of the abduction by Aliens of one member of a six-man forest-clearing team in Arizona, the film concentrates on local suspicions that the other five may have murdered him, and the inability of anyone to believe their fantastic story. When the kidnapped man is found a week later, naked and traumatized, it is now generally believed that a hoax has taken place. A Lie-Detector test proves inconclusive. However, by showing staccato flashback memories of the partly Amnesiac victim, the film removes any ambiguity: aliens were indeed involved, we are given to believe. The flash-back scenes set on the alien Spaceship are well achieved, and in their way as good as those in Communion (1989), an earlier abduction movie of which this is a sort of blue-collar reprise. The film's low-key documentary style gives an impression of honesty, despite the implausibility of the basic premise. It should not be confused with the almost identically titled Disaster movie A Fire in the Sky (1978). [PN]
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