Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers
Written by Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
Directed by Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
2018 - Required
Cast: Bob Lazar, George Knapp. Joy White.
Eclectic Rating: stars
With slurred, mostly unintelligible, bubbly spittle shwhistling narration by could-be star of the could-be film What the Hell Happened to Me?, Mickey Rourke, and created by a documentary filmmaker who made an hour and a half film out of 29 minutes of material, Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers rides just under the two-and-a-half star mark for me.
You know, I don't need to be mocking people. Mickey Rouke is cool, plus he could kick my ass. So, love ya Mickey! His voice does have a kind of cool old jazz musician quality to it, and if nothing else it does lend a mysterious air to the film. That said, it doesn't really fit this documentary and may work better on another project.
This movie is really not good. Comes across as a self-indulgent project by a writer/director with not much to indulge. The intro title sequence is especially tedious, and segments with Corbel sitting around, pacing around, trying to appear nonchalantly cool while he listens to George Knapp ramble on the phone about how convinced he is that Bob Lazar is telling the truth, are boring.
However it is much more tolerable to listen to the voice of George Knapp through a phone notch filter than the gawd awful echo chamber of his indoor swimming pool. Talk about a bad filmmaking decision. I thought for sure it was just a goof, like some comic relief interspersed in a film that cried for interspersion, but it was intentional. Pick another location next time Jeremy.
The parts with Bob Lazar are much more entertaining, even if he is lying. Look, I want to believe this guy so bad, and in this documentary he actually seems more convincing than ever before, but the devil is in the deets. He claims to have attended and received masters degrees from specific colleges which have no record of his attendance. Every time they discuss his education the story is either about how the government is trying to erase his past, or that if the public wants to find evidence of where he went to school all they have to do is look, but too bad the government is trying to erase his past...
Another way to settle the issue is to, hey, break out the degrees and hold them up in front of the damn camera! Ever think of that? You say you went to the damn schools, produce that evidence for examination and shut 'em all up. That's a stumbling block for me. Maybe his degrees were taken away by the FBI during the raid.
There are other issues with his story too, but I can't go into detail here, I'd have to write a long ass article, and you can read all of the particulars regarding his false claims and other Lazar bunk in a nice long ass article put together at Otherhand.org. I highly recommend you suspend your belief and give that a read, you'll be happy you did.
Though he is intelligent, and seems like a fairly cool guy to hang with for a few beers, Bob Lazar might just in fact be a guy trying to quietly distance himself from some bad decisions he made earlier in his life, without actually admitting he made the shit up. But why did he want to enter the limelight in the first place? Why make up this stuff? And why blast your rocket car back into the public eye after all of these years? Apparently he is making no real money off of this reemergence. Maybe he's waiting for the call from Hollywood about licensing his story for the big screen. Like the Travis Walton guy.
Another strange thing is the hand scanner. The hand bone scanner he described in his original TV interviews in the 80s, and was apparently surprised to see a picture of during the making of this documentary, was a scanner in existence since the 70s and actually used in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The device shown in the photo doesn't really resemble what he described in early interviews either. He said "pegs" and I only see one peg in the device presented in the documentary. Minor discrepency I guess, huh?
Still part of me wants to believe him. He doesn't come off as a con artist. In an interview on the Joe Rogan podcast Lazar seems very believable. He tells the story without a hitch, seeming very honest, genuine, and casual about it all, except for the parts where his "migraine" interferes with his thought process. Those moments reminded me of Uri Geller's appearance on the Tonight Show in 1973, when he couldn't perform his prearranged tricks and told Johnny, "I'm not feeling so strong right now..."
Rogen has garnered some slack for that interview too.
I'll leave you with this little tidbit: When I was a kid I asked a smarter, much older acquaintance once, a friend of my dad, who was actually munitions engineer at a military installation I lived nearâ€”an honest-to-God rocket scientistâ€”what he thought of UFOs and aliens. He smiled and said, "don't believe anything without sufficient evidence."
That's all on this one. If you can see if for free go ahead, but don't bother spending any money to rent it.
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Last Update: 03 Jul, 2019