DAVID’S DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: The Phenomenon (2020) by James Fox

I think most of us enjoy documentaries, especially when they are about a subject we are interested in. When it comes to the topic of UFOs and extraterrestrials, there are many documentaries to choose from. The problem is, in my opinion when it comes to this subject, most of the documentaries come off as very amateurish, which may cause the viewer to come to the conclusion that the subject is ridiculous.

On the other hand, when a documentary is good, it is usually exceptional! The subject of this review, “The Phenomenon,” is one such documentary. The creator, James Fox, is no stranger to UFO documentaries, having produced some of the very best out there, including “Out of the Blue” and “I Know What I Saw.”

I actually found out about this documentary from one of my favorite podcasts, Somewhere in the Skies, covered HERE. Ryan Sprague was interviewing James Fox and after hearing the interview I knew this was something that I just had to see. I went right to Amazon and sure enough it was available to rent or buy. I immediately rented it.

In short, this heart-felt documentary captivated me from start to finish. One thing that has always impressed me with people who claim that they have seen something is those that don’t profit off of it. They would rather just keep to themselves instead of risking ridicule but to their grave believe they saw something amazing. James Fox did something extraordinary here by tracking down the very people who experienced some of the most impressive of cases and sat down and talked to them or their family. You can see how these events affected the witnesses, some of which are very emotional.

In addition to the witnesses, Fox also speaks with former astronauts, senators and even people who used to work on Project Blue Book. What they all have to say is very interesting and it will really stay with you and make you think. It is very fascinating that so many people in high positions are saying that the public needs to be aware of what the truth is, as they have first hand knowledge of it.

From the official website:

Director James Fox’s explosive documentary is being hailed as the most credible and revealing film ever made about the long-standing global cover-up and mystery involving unidentified aerial phenomenon. Including shocking never-before-seen testimony from high-ranking government and military officials, NASA Astronauts, and riveting footage, the timely film includes bombshell reveals about UAP incursions at nuclear weapon facilities and the monumental events behind the NY Times’ recent disclosure of UFO videos and The Pentagon’s classified UFO Program. Providing eye-opening evidence that mankind is not alone in the universe, Senator Harry Reid says “The Phenomenon makes the incredible credible.”

Former Senior CIA Officer Jim Semivan, calls it “The most important documentary of the year and the most accurate examination of the world’s greatest mystery.” Dr. Jacques Vallee says “70 years of secrecy has led to this. The most credible documentary ever made about UFOs.” Luis Elizondo, Former Director of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), says “The Phenomenon sets a new benchmark for disclosure and is the most accurate and informative documentary ever made about UAPs.”

Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film includes Senator Harry Reid, President Clinton, President Ford, John Podesta, White House Chief of Staff for Clinton and advisor to Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Christopher Mellon, NASA Astronauts, Governor Fife Symington, George Knapp, Dr. Garry Nolan, Dr. Jacques Vallee, who was portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more.

James Fox.

Because of the amount of information in this film, you will definitely want to watch it more than once, as I did. Even if a good number of cases are hoaxes or misidentifications, there are still so many cases that cannot be explained away as things such as Venus or swamp gas. Even if you are a skeptic, this documentary will make you think twice.

You can watch this recommended documentary on many platforms, including AppleTV, Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo, Vudu, Fandango, Microsoft and GooglePlay. It is recommended to buy it on AppleTV and Vimeo as they both include three hours of additional material, not seen anywhere else. This documentary was supposed to debut in 1,500 theatres but because of the pandemic, those plans were scrapped. Hopefully, when things go back to normal, it will come out in a limited release. In the meantime, rent or buy this documentary now and help support an amazing director.

~David Albaugh

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