Based on the true story of Barney and Betty Hill’s alleged abduction in the 1960s, this made-for-television account benefits from the participation of leads James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons, even as the rest is forgettable pabulum at best. The narrative is effectively propelled by the lurid, headline-grabbing nature of its story, but mostly it’s a chance for Jones and Parsons to tear into their roles with dedication and gusto. But the movie itself is rather boring and often silly, in particular the flashback showing the events of the night in question, which seems like a subpar “Star Trek” episode that would have been childish and tame even in the 1960s. It’s interesting that much of the dialogue is lifted directly from the Hills themselves and it gives the actors a chance to deploy some impressive chops, but ultimately the whole thing is a slow trek to nowhere.
Rating: ★★ (out of 5)