History Channel // 2009 // 94 Minutes // Rated PG
Reviewed by Judge Kent Dixon (Retired) // May 14th, 2010
Government and military officials reveal the truth about UFOs.
I still vividly remember the first time I saw the NBC TV series Project Blue Book, a.k.a. Project U.F.O., at a friend's house one summer evening. It was likely the first time I learned about these strange phenomena that, fact or fiction, seemed to leave behind traces, eyewitness accounts or even wound up captured on film. To this day, I am fascinated by the subject of extra-terrestrial life and the possibility that we have been, or still are, visited by intelligent life from beyond our solar system.
In 2009, writer/director/narrator and true believer James Fox gathered a group of the world's most credible UFO witnesses together to share their stories in an effort to lift the veil on the UFO phenomenon and encourage world governments to reveal the truth. With interviews and comments from military and commercial pilots, Air Force officials, former government leaders (former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford) and everyday folks; I Know What I Saw sets out to demonstrate that there is simply too much evidence, both historical and contemporary, for UFOs not to exist.
I Know What I Saw deals with the details of specific and fascinating UFO sightings that have occurred all over the world. Basic logic seems to dictate that the more witnesses there are to corroborate an event, the more likely the truth will rise above opinion and speculation. Throughout the film, Fox focuses primarily on first-hand, eyewitness testimonies which make it more and more difficult to refute these people definitely saw something, whether it was extraterrestrial or not. Even respected journalists Larry King and Anderson Cooper appear in the film, as segments of their respective programs dealt with UFO-specific topics. There are no backwoods trailer folks wearing tinfoil hats to be seen here, only everyday people whose accounts definitely corroborate some strange and amazing events.
At first, Fox's narrative style and the film's camerawork come across as fairly weak and amateur. Before long though, you realize that Fox is the genuine article. He's not a skeptical journalist or merely a voiceover artist who's been paid to read a script, he genuinely believes UFOs exist and sets out to tell a powerful story grounded as much as possible in fact. While the film's video content includes a wide array of source material from archival video and still images to audio recordings and contemporary interview footage, the tale that weaves everything together is so fascinating that the film's 94-minute runtime goes by all too fast. The audio mix is understated and largely anchored by dialog, serving its purpose well without being distracting. If you find yourself needing a bit more convincing after watching the film, this release includes a series of additional interviews and eyewitness accounts that didn't make it into the main feature.
Do UFOs really exist? Unless you've seen one yourself, you likely remain in one of two camps: the curmudgeonly skeptics or the curious open-minded. Regardless of where you find yourself, I Know What I Saw presents a solid body of evidence that will definitely make you think.
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Studio: History Channel
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 94 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Rated PG
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