The Phoenix Incident
Based on actual events. Those are compelling words and they are one of the first things that pull you into the new sci-fi/documentary thriller The Phoenix Incident. Blurring the lines of fact and fiction, this film takes the story of the actual real-life Phoenix Incident and fills in the gaps about what really happened that night in 1997 when thousands of people saw unexplained lights in the light over Phoenix, Arizona. This film tells the tale of a government cover-up of for missing friends who disappeared at the same time of the lights. It uses real film footage from news reports and much more to make you question everything you see in the film and really make you wonder what is fact and what is fiction.
This story is brought to us by legendary video game director Keith Arem who is stepping out from his video game wold ad bringing to life his first full-length feature film. He not only manages to make something truly interesting here with the concept but also brings with him some amazing CGI and camera work to give you a one of a kind experience while you watch this. I promise you, like me, one of the first things you will want to do after seeing this film is hit the internet to start separating the truth from the made-up story and once you start down that rabbit hole there is no telling how far it will go. Not to mention the lengths that Arem's team has gone to to create movie-related websites to throw us off the trail or pull us deeper into secret content for the movie. It is a pretty wild idea, building on other film's like Cloverfield who took their on-line marketing to the next level by doing things like this.
We scored the phoenix Incident with a B- because they story overall could still use some work and I also felt like it could have moved a little quicker to get to the meat of the film. From a movie standpoint, you have to applaud Arem for his innovation to the genre. For his film, he really does a spectacular job with marketing and by really bringing in a cool idea with the merging of fact and fiction. The character;s dialog could also use some work. It was a little to "dude bro" if you ask me, but it was still watchable and wasn't enough to make you want to flip channels. If you are looking for something a bit different and out of the box, we definitely recommend The Phoenix Incident.
The Phoenix Incident hits AMC Studio 30 April 8th.