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Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.

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Josh Bishop
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Ashley Foster
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Mark Abrams
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Steve
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Caroline
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Melissa
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Dan
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Luisa
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Private Investigator
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Phoenix Astronomical Society
Don Boyd ...
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Phoenix Astronomical Society
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Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.

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Based on Shocking Untold True Events


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Rated PG-13 for terror, peril and some language | See all certifications »
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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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$1,816,499 (USA) (21 April 2017)

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$3,599,570 (USA) (9 June 2017)
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Even though the UFO sighting this film is based on is most famously known as the "Phoenix Lights" there were also sightings of the same lights in parts of Nevada, other parts of Arizona, and even some parts of Northern Mexico on March 13, 1997. See more »

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The video portions of this film are set in March, 1997. At one point, Ashley says how much she loved the movie "Contact," however, that film didn't open until July, 1997. See more »

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References Alien (1979) See more »

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Not bad, but a mediocre copycat of the movie that started this genre.
23 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie is about a woman who does a documentary on the disappearance of her brother and his two friends that happen back in 97.

The Hi-8 footage used to compose those scenes from 20 years ago makes the movie seem like a throwback of the Blair Witch Project (Which I think was shot on 35mm, actually). It's almost a found footage movie within a found footage movie as this documentary filmmaker goes back over the case of her missing brother interviewing family and friends of all three as well as the police department, trying to find something that was possibly missed 2 decades ago. Then she would go through her brother's old Hi- 8 footage that tells the story of what happen up to the part where three teens (Oh! just like in the Blair Witch Project) went missing, while investigate a series of lights that appeared in the sky at the time that had no origin.

Honestly, the movie really takes a while for the story to get jumping. The documentary made on the missing kids is not that interesting yet effective in setting up the Hi-8 footage of the three missing kids. Getting to know these kids is actually not as interesting as watching that last 20-30minutes when the film indeed becomes like the Blair Witch Project.

I did really like what they did for the Hi-8 footage, not only a real throwback to the 90s in look and feel but the camera work in itself was actually really good (And it has to be because you can see the obvious change in quality from Hi-8 analog to the digital format we are doing today.)

So overall, the movie takes a long and sometimes dull time to get to the fun stuff, but I would say it leaves me (just) satisfied once they get there.

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