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Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.

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Josh Bishop
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Ashley Foster
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Mark Abrams
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Steve
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Caroline
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Melissa
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Dan
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Luisa
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Phoenix Astronomical Society
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Phoenix Forgotten tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed.

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Based on Shocking Untold True Events


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Rated PG-13 for terror, peril and some language | See all certifications »
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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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$1,816,499 (USA) (21 April 2017)

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$3,599,570 (USA) (9 June 2017)
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The "Phoenix Lights" UFO sighting is the most famous UFO sighting in the world and was witnessed by thousands. See more »

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Billboards advertising the three teens missing show a number with the 480 area code in it. The film takes place in 1997, but 480 area code was not created until 1999. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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For the second time in one week, I was the only person in the cinema.
30 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

" Based on shocking(?) Untold True Events(??) "

The events are about as shocking as stale popcorn, the story was untold because the screenwriters have just recently written it, and the events are about as true as can be expected from a found footage flick, especially in this day and age. 

They seven years anniversary of 1997's Phoenix lights sighting had already passed, so had ten years anniversary, so the filmmakers decided to drop this wholly predictable and formulaic, barely feature length, eighty- minutes long hybrid of 1999's Blair Witch, 2016's Blair Witch, and a generic X Files/ alien visitation plot into cinemas on the next clichéd, hyperbolic anniversary. They shouldn't have bothered.

The derivative plot involves the search for teenagers who disappeared during the 13 March 1997 sighting of unidentified lights above Phoenix, Arizona, after their video camera is found, documenting their final moments, for no other reason than so it can be used in a found footage flick.

In addition to being one of the least ambitious films in recent memory, the trailer tells shows most of what is in store here, including telling us the teens were supposedly never seen again, so the final outcome holds zero suspense. There's so little to say about this movie, because there's so little substance to it. While admittedly, it isn't * terrible *, it also isn't worth watching, either.


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