Thursday, 6 August 2020

Unidentified (2020) - UFO Documentary Review

Every know and again I get sent a documentary for review and it is always a nice change. Unidentified's goal is to inform about 'What the Government REALLY knows about UFOs'. I imagined this would be the American government but it does actually branch out to also include the UK in one chapter. This covers a lot of ground in its hour run time, some of which is the obvious, such as Roswell, but it also goes to some places I hadn't heard about before.

The documentary is split up into around 8 chapters, each covering a different aspect. In addition to Roswell we get Project Blue Book, we even have a chapter dedicated to the apparent sightings of UFO on the moon during the original moon landings. There are a lot of reconstructions used, static images of obviously fake UFO images, and people getting interviewed. There are also genuine recordings made by army personnel and astronauts, as well as images of official documents, and photos of the various people being talked about.

Usually you would expect a whole bunch of 'talking heads', people who are experts in the field. Here we get just the one guy, Gary Heseltine (I believe) who is very much of the belief that not only are UFOs real, but that this has purposely been covered up in various ways over the years by governments. He was a likeable guy, seemed like he was going to burst into a smile at any moment. Still, it would have been nice to get some variation and have a couple of other people talking. Unidentified doesn't sit on the fence, it is clearly designed to bring the viewer to the conclusion that there has been huge cover-ups since the 1940's all the way up to present day. It didn't convince me though, as much as I want to believe I just feel if they were real there would have been undeniable proof in this day and age where everything is recorded.

As an introduction to UFO government cover-ups this worked well. It doesn't go too much into depth with any of the subjects covered due to the span of time investigated. Still, it was interesting enough and something easy to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Unidentified is due for release thanks to High Fliers Films.


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