Amardeep Kaleka … (as Amardeep Singh Kaleka)
Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)
Steven M. Greer … (based on the book by) (as Dr. Steven M. Greer)
Amardeep Kaleka … (story)
Laurie Knapp … (story)
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In the good ol’ days of UFOlogy, astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek developed a very simple classification system for the different types of sightings being reported.
Back then, there were only three kinds of close encounters: the first kind, a visual sighting; the second kind, which included physical effects; and most famously, close encounters of the third kind, in which the witness saw an actual alien entity of some sort.
Heck, we used to just call them flying saucers and little green men.
By the late ’80s, however, shit started to get complicated. Witnesses claimed they were being abducted against their will by the little green (okay, gray-ish) men, which necessitated another category: close encounters of the fourth kind. Blame Whitley Strieber.
But did you know there was a a fifth kind? Actually there are seven in total, but the last two (six and seven) are superfluous and redundant, so we won’t bother with those. The fifth kind involves humans reaching out to the little gray-ish men and trying to initiate contact. For this one, you can blame Steven M. Greer, physician, founder of CSETI (Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence), and intrepid Spaceman Spiff of all things disclosure.
The film SIRIUS documents Greer’s travels as he evolves from emergency room doctor to New Age investigator of human-alien mind-meld consciousness, shadowy government conspiracies, suppressed energy technologies, and one seriously deformed human fetus in the desert of South America.
Yes, you read that right.
Co-produced by Greer and directed by Amardeep Kaleka (oh, and narrated by actor Thomas Jane), SIRIUS claims to expose “the greatest story never told.” It explains how Earth has been visited by benevolent space brothers concerned for our future. It relates how elements within the military-industrial complex have not only been keeping this information secret for over 60 years, they’ve been actively suppressing technologies that could free us from fossil fuels.
Join us as we dissect the film’s premise and its purported evidence of an alien creature found in the Atacama desert of Chile.
WHAT DID WE THINK?
Look, we have little doubt that something or someone is out there. We’re even open to the theory that extraterrestrials have been visiting this planet for a long time, and may have had a direct hand in our evolution.
We also have no problem with the idea that a cabal of military, industrial, and financial interests may be suppressing advanced technology for their own nefarious purposes.
But we do have a problem with naively assuming that whatever’s behind the UFO phenomenon is entirely benign. In fact, if any of what Greer and company have uncovered in their quest is true, the exact opposite situation may be the case. Hell, even that other Stephen (Hawking, that is) thinks it highly likely that an alien civilization would probably want to destroy us, not help us. (Hey, howsabout a Steven vs. Stephen Celebrity Deathmatch…? But we digress…)
Really, though, that’s not our ultimate beef. Communing with so-called peaceful aliens aside, this film is all over the map with no coherent theme. It’s about Greer, it’s about E.T. disclosure, it’s about suppressed Tesla technology, it’s about the shadow government, it’s about universal peace and love with our space brothers, it’s about free energy, it’s about a strange petrified fetus, it’s…
What the hell is this movie about?!
Therein lies the rub. Any one of these subjects could support a great, full-length documentary, yet they’ve chosen to cram everything into one two-hour film. Now, maybe they didn’t have the budget for a whole series – in which case, fine, just narrow it down to one or two of the above. As it is, the viewer is left… well, confused.
Which brings us to the whole Atacama alien/fetus thing. Quite frankly, this is where Greer loses all credibility. How is it that anyone, let alone a trained medical doctor, could believe that this was an alien of some kind? What, because its head is deformed into the shape of what we think an alien looks like? Reminds us of Lloyd Pye and the Starchild Skull nonsense.
PT Barnum’s adage, “there’s a sucker born every minute,” is alive and well in the twenty-first century. Some people just want to believe so badly they’ll go through all kinds of mental contortions to deny the obvious. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Greer makes this dubious piece of evidence the linchpin of his thesis that ETs are here, as he’s otherwise done a lot of good work trying to bring about official disclosure (see Disclosure Project). Unfortunately, all of that may come to naught because of one gigantic six-inch blunder.
There seems to be a bit of a messiah complex with Mr. Greer, and in his apparent religious zeal to expose the big secret and save the world, the all too human trait of hubris rears its ugly head.
Now that would make a good documentary.