Phoenix Forgotten, Real Mass UFO Sighting Backs Fiction.
Director: Justin Barber
Writer: Justin Barber, T.S. Nowlin
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Release Format: Theatrical
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes
Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.
Phoenix Forgotten has released on April 21, 2017. The Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi Documentary is inspired by the Phoenix Lights, a startling event that occurred on March 13, 1997, in Phoenix, Arizona.
After her brother, Josh (portrayed by Luke Spencer Roberts) disappeared, Sophie (portrayed by Florence Hartigan) sets out in search for answers. Her journey leads her to witness a strange phenomenon in the same location Josh and his friends went missing.
Phoenix Forgotten is part Documentary, part Found Footage. This is a great expression of choice for this film. The film interweaves between eye witnesses testimony on the Phoenix Lights and a film crew documenting their journey for the truth.
The cinematography is amazing with close and personal camera angles creating a sense of intrigue. Audiences will feel connected on an emotional level to the cast as they recount their memories of the event. Camer shakiness creates a sense of authenticity and makes the viewer feel shocked, complexity, and fright.
Phoenix Forgotten has an intriguing story. Alas, it packs a lot of mystery and confusion when you relate it to the actual Phoenix Lights incident. After doing research prior to watching the film, I estimate about 10% of the storyline holds true to the event. The rest of the story seems to be purely fictional entertainment. Nevertheless, Phoenix Forgotten generates plenty of emotions for the viewer.
The wardrobe selections are great. Given the simple tone of the film, the wardrobe doesn’t need heavy planning or extreme customizing. The special effects are superb, dramatic and intense, as you would expect to see in a paranormal film.
Horror Found Footage films should hold some kind of scare to them. Whether it be jump scares or genuine terror. Phoenix Forgotten attempts this, but the scares are not effective enough to generate fear among viewers. Rather, the true fear comes from the fact that the story is based on true events. Likewise, the true story doesn’t generate much fear, itself.
The eyewitnesses weren’t terrified but shocked and amazed at what had occurred. There could also be excitement having witnessed a true, possible, UFO event. This phenomenon many would want to experience at some point in their lives. I say “possible” because, as news sources state, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm UFOs. Yet, given witness’ confessions and the fact that no one, not even government officials, can explain what it was, a UFO sighting is what it looks to be. Also, when you read the sources I have provided from my research there are points made that make perfect sense. Even government officials and other key figures interviewed state there is no official logic or explanation.
There is not much of a musical score in the film. Yet, there are dramatic theatrical sounds that complement it very well given the tone of the film.
The cast performances were decent, but needed a little more motivation, if you will. Given the Found Footage aspect of the film, there was more running around and generating fear for entertainment. However, I didn’t sense the vibe of genuine fear. Even with the extreme events that occur closer towards the end of the film, this scene drowns out the emotions of the cast. Did they attempt to put themselves in character to generate a superb performance?
This is something I feel all Found Footage films should weigh. It’s almost like interpretation to an obstacle or a struggle. How do you react? Are you excited? Confused? When all of these emotions combine in the performance, it creates confusion for the viewer.
Given a paranormal theme, the emotion you become accustomed to is confusion and terror. What the heck is happening and why? Is this good or bad? Terrified? Most Found Footage films don’t show what is producing this emotion. Some films will provide a brief scene, but it’s not enough to come to any kind of conclusion. And most of them leave the viewer unsatisfied. Many questions that remain unanswered
Phoenix Forgotten starts with an intriguing pitch that has potential. Yet, this instantly turns into confusion as the viewer can’t make sense of what is actually happening. All you really have to fall back on is that this film is inspired by an event that took place over two decades ago. Connecting the film to said event is like putting together a complicated jigsaw puzzle.
On March 13, 1997, in Phoenix, Arizona, a life-changing event took place. About 10,000 people witnessed a triangular formation of ambient lights in the sky. These lights, however, didn’t start in Phoenix. UFO researchers report the lights to have occurred near Henderson, Nevada and in Mexico. Of the witnesses, 700 got interviewed.
Some people speculated they were UFOs. Some speculated they were aliens. Others believed it was military flares. Contrary to these assumptions and beliefs, the lights never got explained, and there was not enough evidence to speculate that they were extraterrestrial-related.
In Phoenix Forgotten, three young adults went missing. When researching the true story of the Phoenix Lights, I did not come across any information pertaining to this incident. This according to three sources. Even videos on YouTube state nothing about this.
So, I weighed whether it was authentic to the story, or just an added story to the film for entertainment. A friend of mine informed me that a friend of his witnessed the event and this is, in fact, a true story. If a group went missing, however, there was not enough evidence to determine if it was an alien abduction.
Is this information credible? Why wasn’t this story added to news sources? If anyone has any information pertaining to this traumatic event, please add a comment to this article and let us know your story.
The Phoenix Lights have been in heavy news circulation and controversy since that day in 1997. Now, two decades later, the event is still a phenomenon that remains a mystery.
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