Movie Review – Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Contact Has Begun


I have always been interested in things like UFOs, aliens, cryptids (Big Foot, Loch Ness…), ghosts and other things that might keep people up at night. Even as a very young girl I was fascinated by all these things. One of my most favorite shows was In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy. I used to watch it with my father (along with the old Godzilla movies). My eyes would never venture from the screen. It’s all so fascinating.

Fast forward to today. I will watch shows like Ancient Aliens, Nuke’s Top 5 (YouTube), Slapped Ham (YouTube), and a plethora of television shows that deal with the “unknown.”

I know what I’m about to say might not sit well with some people, but I truly believe in aliens. My belief is that the universe is a vast space with millions of planets in millions of galaxies (possibly more!). It would be silly to think that Earth is the ONLY planet in the universe to contain life. Some life might be primordial, like single cells or bacteria. Other life forms can be similar to humans, or even more advanced. I will continue to believe this until otherwise proven wrong.

Did you know that there are various levels of UFO and alien interactions? I think many people are familiar with the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film was released in 1977. It was written and directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Richard Dreyfuss and Terri Garr. The movie was based on the “third kind.” But what is the first and second kind?

Here is a breakdown.

First Kind – Visual sightings of an unidentified flying object.

Second Kind – Some kind of physical evidence, such as scorched earth or a chemical trace.

Third Kind – Visual proof of an alien, such as on the ground or flying a space ship.

Fourth Kind – Human or animal abduction.

Fifth Kind – Voluntary bilateral contact between humans and extraterrestrials.

There are other levels, including death by an alien being and a humanoid creation or human/alien hybrid.

Recently released for home viewing is the documentary Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.

Dr. Steven Greer

In Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind, the viewer is introduced to a man named Steven Greer. According to Wikipedia;

Steven Greer is an American ufologist and retired traumatologist who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and the Disclosure Project, which seeks the disclosure of allegedly classified secret UFO information.

He also hosts events around the world called “CE5” which a condensed way of saying Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.

At these events, participants are taught how to clear their mind and body, and be open to communicating with lifeforms from other plants.

Let me back up a bit.

Throughout this documentary, viewers are given a plethora of information that shows how governments and the military (in the U.S. and in other countries) know about the existence of aliens, and how it’s all being covered up. To prove this, past and present military people and government officials are interviewed, along with showing viewers top secret documents that prove that the government is covering everything up.

Supposedly there are several alien ships in an undisclosed underground location, along with alien bodies that were autopsied.

The documentary also talks about how the government is working with select media to make sure only specific details (if any) are released to the public. It’s known as the “Mockingbird Project.” Supposedly the government pays off “snitches” to keep information from being disclosed to the public.

The government, according to the documentary, wants people like me and you to think that aliens are a national threat (or even a threat to our planet). They even work with Hollywood to make sure that aliens are played off as being deadly creatures (case in point Predator, all of the Alien movies, Cloverfield, The Blog, Brightburn, and Independence Day, to name a few. How E.T. came to be, I’ll never know. E.T. makes aliens adorable.

They call this the “Boogyman Effect” – making people afraid of aliens. According to this documentary, alien beings are good and that they only come here to learn from us and to observe us. They also have our best interests in mind.

According to one former military person, the military stages alien abductions and do things like mutilate cattle, just to make us fearful of aliens.

According to Greet, alien beings travel by teleportation, and they can communicate with each others, and with us, using ESP. This is the basis of CEF events. They are a way of communication with those from another world.

Throughout this film there are plenty of photos and film footage to support Greer’s beliefs, and beliefs of people like him.

There is a lot of scientific talk, and I got lost a few times with what was being discussed, but I cannot deny the compelling evidence that is used in this documentary, from photos to videos.

There is a lot to digest in this documentary, but I found it to be incredibly fascinating. It doesn’t sway my belief in aliens one way or another. I know there is life on other planets. I wouldn’t be surprised if they visited us. And I have no doubt that the government is covering things up. The only thing that I’m still on the fence about is whether or not you can communicate with aliens and transcend time and space with only your mind. That seems a bit far fetched, but just because I’m a bit skeptical, doesn’t make it any less fascinating.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.

You can find the film where ever movies are sold/rented.

Do you believe there is life on other planets? Have you seen an alien or UFO? Do you believe that we’ve been visited by aliens and that the government is covering it up? I’d love to get your thoughts on this topic. Feel free comment and share your thoughts.



*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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