Film Review – Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception
Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception is a film which I had the good fortune to win a ticket to see in a contest put on by the Broke Horror Fan website/Facebook group. I was excited as I was one of five people to win a copy of the book upon which the documentary is based, and the only winner of the free movie passes. This was an advanced screening playing only on January 11, 2018 (the film doesn’t have its official premiere until February). I was also very excited because I love alien stuff – I’m a big fan of Ancient Aliens and all manner of UFO mythology.
The documentary started off innocently enough. I could tell that the folks in the movie were definitely trying to steer the conversation towards showing that UFOs and aliens are fake and that most sightings and experiences can be explained by naturally occurring phenomena as well as misidentifying planets, stars, and aircraft. They also used some pretty solid science to illustrate how difficult interstellar travel would be with the limitations of our current technology. That’s a fair point. However, some of the points they began making did not really adhere to the same stringent rules with which the documentary started. The first thing I noticed was when they mentioned that the Big Bang Theory violates the Law of Causality which is a fair assessment when backed up by physics and real science. The problem is when they introduce the scientists that back up their assertions by referring to them as “atheist scientists”. That was a setup for the remainder of the film.
Over the course of the film, despite asserting that over four million people claim that they have been abducted, the filmmakers focus on only four individuals who claim to have experienced abduction-related phenomena. The reason for this becomes clear as the film goes on. A couple of pastors are introduced to plead their case about their own beliefs regarding extraterrestrials. As the documentary goes on it becomes clear that there is a pointed religious bias of the filmmakers. The “experiencers” they feature all claim that when they invoked the name of Jesus, their experiences ceased. The filmmakers used that as an all-encompassing blanket truth to prove that all experiences with UFOs and extraterrestrials can be explained by chalking it up to demon tricksters. This was a tad disappointing.
For me, the worst part about this was that it was blatant Christian propaganda masquerading as science for the first half of this film. There was a man who is a biologist who argued that there was no reason to speculate on what potential advances might be made in space travel because the technology doesn’t exist at this exact moment. That is the scientific equivalent of Jonas Salk lamenting that since there was no cure for Polio when he was growing up that none would ever exist and therefore shouldn’t even be considered. It frustrated me that people with real science backgrounds would go to such lengths to circumvent facts by cherry-picking witnesses and scientists who reaffirm their beliefs and validate their points as well as using pastors to back up their very unscientific findings.
I don’t mind people advancing theories or unpopular beliefs. I love conspiracy theories. I find them entertaining. It’s also perfectly acceptable to advance those theories that might seem far out, or of the crackpot variety if you are fair and balanced and represent yourself accurately. This was presented as a documentary but was nothing resembling a documentary. At the end of the film, it was revealed that it was a production of “Creation Ministries International”, not exactly a fair and balanced point of view. There was a continued use of the phrase “altered worldview”, almost like a mantra being repeated by nearly everyone involved in the film which only reinforced the fact that this was being approached from a specific angle and that angle really didn’t involve a whole lot of real interest in scientific accuracy.
If you like alien and UFO stuff, this is not the film for you. However, if you like using Christianity to define the mysteries of life, things that cannot be explained and you do not particularly think that extraterrestrials or UFOs are real, or maybe you’re on the fence about it this is something that you will enjoy. You will also like this film if you have perhaps experienced something in your life that cannot be explained and are looking for a way to reconcile it with reality. The filmmakers invoke a lot of religious ideas and Biblical passages to explain the events in peoples’ lives that are of an inexplicable nature, and if that is something that interests you, this will definitely be the film for you.
I personally did not enjoy this film, but a lot of that had to do with the fact that it was not presented to me in a way that properly defined it. I think that if I knew what it was going into it, I would have been able to enjoy it more because I would not have been as caught off guard as I was during the tonality shift from theoretical science to overt Christian messages. I have to chalk this up to the way the filmmakers marketed their work, but not only did I watch the entire film, I also stayed for the panel discussion afterwards because unlike what I saw in the film, I knew that if I wanted to intelligently discuss what I had seen and presented an unbiased opinion I would have to take the entirety of the material in question into account.