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The Phenomenon

By Brian Shaer | October 18, 2020

When it comes to believing in UFOs, I’m a bit of a skeptic. Asking me if I believe in unidentified flying objects is like asking me if I believe in ghosts: the answer is an unwavering “kinda.” But based on The Phenomenon, it’s obvious the government is trying to keep me from knowing the truth about something. What was that Agent Mulder used to say? “The truth is out there.”

The pattern repeats itself: a person sees a strange object hovering in the sky and snaps a picture. They call the authorities, then the media gets ahold of the reported sighting, and the government creates a fiction in an effort to subdue the ensuing questions. Thus, making the story go away. Despite numerous reports of encountering unusual flying objects in their flight paths from esteemed, sane military and commercial pilots throughout the decades, a general gaslighting has occurred from the higher-ups in government: “It was nothing more than a reflection or a water-balloon that you saw. Keep moving. Nothing to see here.”


“… focuses on the US government’s persistent and elaborate attempts to suppress…sightings…of a UFO…”

But why the indifference? Wouldn’t any strong evidence of extraterrestrial contact be an activity that we as a human race would want to explore? As Senator Harry Reid says in the film, “Shouldn’t we at least be spending some money to study all these phenomena? Shouldn’t we study this stuff?”

The Phenomenon focuses on the US government’s persistent and elaborate attempts to suppress these reports of sightings, rather than postulating what these unidentified flying objects, or flying saucers, actually are. This isn’t your average episode of Alien Encounters, but an in-depth examination of the experiences of ordinary people and the lengths to which the government will go to block the stories of these experiences from ever getting out.

The Phenomenon (2020)

Directed: James Fox

Written: Marc Barasch

Starring: Peter Coyote, Senator Harry Reid, Evelyn Trent, Gordon Cooper, Leslie Kean, Christopher Mellon, Dr. Jacques Vallee, John Podesta, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…this isn’t your average episode of Alien Encounters..."

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