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Does Not Crash and Burn
on 19 December 2014
The subject of Roswell and whether or not it was a crashed disk of alien origin can bring about either heated indifference or passionate exchanges. The film is quite old now and is as good a portrayal of the alleged retrieval as any others I have seen or read. In my opinion there are only two incontrovertible facts about the incident: something crashed and was recovered, and the American military has lied about what it was ever since.
The official explanation is that it was a crashed Skyhook balloon which came down two years before the programme actually started. The Ufology explanation is that an alien disk crashed and the bodies of extra-terrestrials were spirited away to Area 51.
There is a third explanation which is ignored by by the supporters of either view, that the craft was made on Earth and its origin covered up because it was built and flown by Nazis two years after they had supposedly been destroyed at the end of the Second World War. I explore this possibility in my own novel "The Biggest Lie", available on Amazon.
The acting and sfx are good for the time and Kyle McLachlan puts in a very convincing perfomance as Jesse Marcel and the plot follows one of the more commonly accepted explanations of what happened. There are many "factual" books from various UFO investigators offering conflicting viewpoints and a maze of evidence but everything really boils down to whether you believe the people who allegedly witnessed the event of the American Air Force. It is a good film and has been overshadowed by more recent alien contact films but is probably as close to a truth as any. I consider it worth watching if you are at all interested in UFOs or flying saucers.