One of the most famous real-life UFO abduction cases on record becomes this character-driven drama from sci-fi screenwriter Tracy Torme. D.B. Sweeney stars as Travis Walton, a forestry worker who disappears one night during an encounter with a flying saucer. Authorities treat with skepticism the outrageous story related by the only witnesses to the event, Travis' five co-workers, who include his best friend and future brother-in-law, Mike Rogers (Robert Patrick). A state lawman (James Garner) finds a tabloid newspaper in the crew's pickup truck and quickly ascertains that tensions had arisen between Walton and a surly fellow logger (Craig Sheffer), leading him to conclude that a murder cover-up is underway. However, all of the men pass lie detector tests and the case becomes stalled until the shocking last-minute reappearance of Travis, who tells a literally fantastic story involving his whereabouts for the past week. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Very good movie! I had first seen this movie when I was 8 years old(my sisters idea of fun) and I had nightmares for about a year. I rented this again (now 25 years old) thinking I could laugh at it but it was still scary. I am not sure how much is really "true" but still a good movie.
I wish the story had followed the real abduction experience, but I can see how dull that would have been compared to what the screenwriter made up. Walton's actual experience is very dull compared to the weightless exploration and capture in the movie. The acting is good and the story as far as it sticks to the facts is good. The media near hysteria that followed the story is well portrayed.
I've seen a recording of Walton's talk about his experience which he gave in Australia in 2003. I don't really blame him for not wanting to find out what happened to him over the full five days he was gone. Like the movie, he remembered only a an hour or two of what happened to him aboard the ship but has chosen not to delve into what might have happened for five days after they got him on the examination table.
As I said, I don't blame him one bit.
Good Movie. A little long in parts but met Travis in person last week in NM. He said that the movie was 95% accurate in describing what happened to him. Feeling that this was a true story and he was being honest, it definately kept your interest up.