According to the plot, on the night of March 13, 1997 unknown lights in a V-pattern moved across Phoenix skies near a military base and three teens (Chelsea Lopez, Florence Hartigan and Luke Spencer Roberts) drove into the desert with a video camera to document the incident. The teens disappeared and 20 years later new evidence begins a new investigation. Also with Justin Matthews, Clint Jordan and Cyd Strittmatter. Directed by Justin Barber. [1:30]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman says that her teen son had a crush on a teen girl. A teen boy asks another teen boy if he has a relationship with a teen girl, and the second teen boy says they just hang out. A teen boy tells another teen boy that he is not flirting with his friend's mother, although she looks good. A teen girl riding with two male teen friend in an SUV jokes that she is out with two men. A divorced woman says, "Everybody's divorced and then admits that her son's disappearance caused her divorce and she looks sad. A man tells his six-year-old granddaughter, "When you are older and married, you must obey your husband."
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We read that three teens were never found, and neither did their bodies and the film suggests that the three teens went missing during a UFO incident because of any of these reasons: Alcohol or drug use, relationship problems, kidnapping, USAF bombing, radiation poisoning, God descending from heaven, and aliens or humans using a space-time travel machine in Arizona with or without cooperation of the USAF; the film incorporates actual news footage with "found footage."
► Three flashbacks of a child's birthday party at night feature men, women, teens, and children as they see a V-pattern of lights in the sky; people gasp and then laugh as the lights vanish just as a loud wind rushes and the ground shakes when two USAF jets buzz the house at low altitude. A large irregular ball of fire flies out of an Air Force Base and off-screen as three teens gasp and a girl shouts and her voice is shaky and scared until the sound of a train suddenly occurs and we hear loudly creaking metal and the compass the teens have becomes inoperable, leaving the needle whirling left and right. Found footage shows a teen girl and two teen boys walking up ridges and through rock walls in a desert near an Air Force Base, finding petroglyphs that look like stick figures gazing up at concentric circles and spirals that could be spacecraft. Three teens climb down a desert ridge at night when one boy walks away and the girl screams and shouts his name over and over; a wide white light and creaking metal sounds rise from a ridge as wind blows, a deep male voice speaks in garbled words and something whines loudly.
► A teen boy has a nosebleed dripping into his mouth and a teen girl stuffs the nostrils with Kleenex and the boy drives on. A teen boy enters an abandoned cabin, sees that he has a dripping nosebleed in a mirror and the house acts strangely: a faucet turns on and dirty water flows upward, kitchenware floats up to the ceiling as the stove ignites in tall flames while loud wind whines and we hear industrial sounds like creaking and whirring as we see bright light and a large bolt of lightning as we see a glimpse of a huge gyroscope without the usual center parts, as it whirls and moves off-screen. A bright light flashes several times as a house is engulfed in flames. A screen-width disk of porous material whirls toward the camera and smashes into the lens and the screen shows only balls of clouds.
► Strong wind blows and hail or small rocks rain down on two teens. Three teenagers find a crumpled dead animal in the desert and we see scorched and mauled tissue on the side of what could be a dead wolf or coyote. A teen girl and a teen boy discover several coyote bodies on the ground, burned and gouged with raw red and black flesh evident. A teen girl has a nosebleed that drips onto the ground, and hears coyotes call and then squeal in pain. A teen girl hears something, looks dazed and her hair falls out as she cries.
► A voiceover announces the disappearance of three teenagers in the Arizona desert as we see search and rescue operations: men are shown digging with shovels and a steam shovel digs large holes day and night in three flashbacks. A sheriff discovers an abandoned SUV on a desert road. We hear that an SUV was found 11 miles away from a video tape left beside the road. We see a large billboard on the highway of the faces of the three missing teens.
► A teen boy disappears after hearing voices no one else hears. A teen girl disappears off-screen in a loud whirling wind. Video footage shows a teen's father complaining that law enforcement has given up the search for his lost son and he finally says, "Show me the body." A teen girl's mother speaks into the camera, her voice shaking as she tells her lost daughter to come home. A high school teacher helps a woman find an old video camera covered with mud and dirt in a warehouse.
► A car nearly stalls and the radio will not work; the driver says he saw lighted rings rising into the sky. A huge white light and a whining noise are seen and heard, as a car dies and two boys push it to the side of the road; the three teens walk down the two-lane road in the dark.
► A woman accuses her college-aged son of taking his younger teen brother to a frat party and getting him drunk; the older son had not seen his brother, who has disappeared. A teen boy tells another teen boy that someone at school had climbed a desert ridge and been hit with something in the neck (we do not see the incident nor hear what happened next). A woman sits on a curb, depressed; then she is seen driving to an Air Force Base where she speaks with a man, but loud jet noises drown out the conversation; she gets into her vehicle and tells a friend that the captain said, "Don't let that footage get out." A teen girl shouts, screams, and cries, "Someone took him," as she looks for a missing boy.
► A woman interviews a pilot that had searched for her lost brother and he says that the disappearance of three teens may have been due to relationship problems among the three, a kidnapping, or dope (drugs); the pilot says the lost brother is probably dead. A man states that lights seen in the sky were USAF flares kept in formation by small parachutes. A teen girl talks about Ezekiel seeing a wheel within a wheel and she opens a book to show a line drawing of the wheel structure, which looks like the gyroscope-like spacecraft in the film "Contact"; next to it is a drawing of the devil's face, Ezekiel, and a drawing of a beast in heaven with several heads. A teen girl enacts a scene from "Contact" in which a woman in close-up stutters and shakes as her spacecraft takes off. A man brings out another man wearing a "gray alien" costume and unmasks him, calling the Phoenix Lights Incident false. A woman questions a man who tells her that he lied about the UFOs being real, because the state did not want to create panic. A woman speaks with a Native American man who says that his tribe believes in people in the sky who are called "star people." Teenagers see a wide white light on a hill shining into the sky and hike to the point to hide behind bushes where they see law officers with vehicles and the teens are seen and run away.
► A teen girl bends over a roadway and spits thick saliva-like vomit.
PROFANITY 4 - 1 possible F-word (sounds muffled and far off), 1 sexual reference, 14 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, weird, moron, sky people, Bearded Galileo), exclamations (whoa, wow, jeez, shoot, shut-up), 17 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy [scatological term deleted], Oh My God, Oh God, God, Thank God, I Swear To God). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - We see three empty beer cans in an abandoned SUV, a teen boy gives a teen girl a can of beer which she opens but does not drink, and a teen boy drinks from a can of beer with two full cans beside him. A teen girl mentions it's a good time for a cigarette (we do not see any smoking).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - UFOs, USAF experimental aircraft, government conspiracies, space-time travel, scriptural references to heaven and sky people, alien beings, animal mutilations, disappearances, danger, divorce, death, grief, loss, disappointment with law enforcement, obsessions, radiation poisoning, risk-taking, teen drinking, delusions.
MESSAGE - The government and law enforcement agencies at all levels deny any connection between the 1997 Phoenix Lights Incident and the disappearance of three teenagers despite found footage.