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The Mothman Prophecies
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The Mothman Prophecies Review

Directed By: Mark Pellington.
Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing and Nesbitt Blaisdell.

Synopsis: After his wife dies, a reporter travels to a small southern town to investigate a series of strange events that could point to an alien visitation. He is driven to extremes to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of his wife.

When I started seeing commercials for this film, I thought it had a good chance of becoming this year's Don't Say A Word. Let me explain. Think of both commercials and substitute Word's annoying "I'll never tell!" catchphrase with Mothman's "Chapstick!" You see? Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot because it did look interesting.

A few years after his wife dies of a brain tumor, a reporter named John Klein (Richard Gere) is drawn to a small town in West Virginia called Point Pleasant. During his stay, he becomes involved in increasingly disturbing psychic phenomenon that seems to involve a moth like entity. Klein recognizes this unknown avatar because his wife had described something similar before her death. Soon, Klein starts encountering the Mothman as well and with the help of a Point Pleasant police sergeant and a local man who claims to have been visited by it, he tries to unravel the mystery of this unknown being.

I did enjoy this film, but the first thing I wanted to do after walking out of the theater was find out how much of it was actually true and how much was Hollywood. When the tagline says 'Based on Actual Events' you never know what you're getting unless you research it yourself. I've found that most of the events in the film are fabrication, but the climax did actually occur. The film is based on the book of the same name written by John Keel in 1975. The book is his account of the many unexplained events in Point Pleasant in 1966-67. These events included UFO sightings and the arrival of strange 'dark and sharp' men. From what I can tell it sounds like something out of the X-Files. Just as a point of interest, there was a fifth season X-Files episode called 'Detour' that does make reference to the Mothman, but in a different context than what is represented in the film. So, basically what it comes down to is the stuff that urban legends are made of. A story gets told so many times that eventually there are so many versions, its almost impossible to tell if there is any truth lying within at all. I had (apart from the aforementioned X-Files episode) never previously heard of the Mothman, but it is apparently a staple of fortean literature.

The Mothman Prophecies is an above average thriller. Its best qualities lie in its sensory stimuli. The creative visuals, especially the ones using reflective surfaces, coupled with an eerie soundtrack, set the mood nicely. The director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) does a great job of building the tension and there are several unnerving moments, but toward the end I felt it was creepiness overkill. If it had let up just a little bit at points, it may have made the climax more effective.

Gere is believable as the lost Klein. It's been awhile since I've seen Richard Gere (I think The Jackal was the last) so help me out on this. Is he a little bit of a close-talker? I was a little distracted a couple of times by that. I found myself thinking, 'Man, if I was the person he's talking to I'd be saying, can you give me a little space please?'

The Mothman Prophecies won't be the best film you see all year, maybe not even this month, but it is definitely worth a look so it can be fully complimented by the theater experience.

Written By: Tom Servo

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Music Video
Theatrical Trailers
Interactive Menus
Scene Selections

Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

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