Upon hearing the name Bob Lazar, your reaction is probably one of two things. The first is asking the simple question, who? Which, admittedly, was my reaction. Alternatively, isn’t that the guy that believes in aliens? Which is correct but it dramatically simplifies his claims. The documentary Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers, from mixed-media artist Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, seeks to provide a greater understanding of Lazar the man, bring clarity to his assertations, and attempt to get to the truth, whatever it may be.
In 1989, Lazar made contact with investigating journalist George Knapp, and under an assumed named and with his face hidden, he stated that he works at a secret base, ‘S-4’, near Area 51 and Groom Lake in Nevada. At ‘S-4’, Lazar claims to have reversed engineer technology from multiple alien spacecraft. He goes onto explain, as best he could, how the propulsion systems of the extraterrestrial ships work and that the (then unknown) element 115, Moscovium, powered them.
In a subsequent interview in November of that same year, Lazar appeared without anonymity. The scientific community at large has scoffed at his claims, and while the two initial interviews took the populous by storm (and catapulted the idea of Area 51 into the public consciousness), it would appear most people did not believe Lazar’s story. However, 30 years on, Lazar is still adamant about what he saw and worked on at ‘S-4’.
“…Lazar claims to have reversed engineer technology from multiple alien spacecraft.”
As Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers begin, director Corbell finds out that Lazar’s being raided by the F.B.I. Corbell calls Knapp, and they discuss what a possible reason could be for such an act. The aftermath of the raid is intercut with interviews of colleagues, family members, and friends, along with articles, reactions, and news of Bob Lazar from the time of the original interviews through his brief brush with the law (he was caught aiding and abetting a prostitution ring), all the way to now.