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A Tear in the Sky revisits the UFO/UAP debate that has existed for decades. The arguments on both sides remained the same until 2017 when video taken by military personnel was leaked. The follow up investigation from the Pentagon was inconclusive prompting a renewed interest. The issue most UFO documentaries end up facing is a lack of objectivity. The film becomes more about arguing for the existence of alien life instead presenting evidence. These end up become tedious since they either rely on information that has already been debunked or come off as argumentative.
A Tear in the Sky does have a little of this – the crew sets up in a UFO hot spot, for example – but for the most part, it tries to do something different. Instead of pointing their cameras at the sky and hoping to catch something, writer-director Caroline Cory and her team use high grade military equipment. It is not entirely new, but it is a welcome touch.
This gives everything a less sensational feel. It feels like the main intent is to give facts. This does not prevent A Tear in the Sky from reaching out to the UFO community for interviews. This takes away from some of the film’s momentum since most of these interviews sound like ones you hear from documentaries that cover the same material in more outlandish ways. This includes the casting of William Shatner who ends up adding nothing.
Still, A Tear in the Sky offers more than the average UFO documentary. While those who are already interested in the subject will be drawn to it, even those who normally do not care will want to see how things plays out. That is not something that others in this genre are able to say.
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