For decades ive always been fascinated by the world (and other worlds) of UFOs, Aliens, and their technology. For a few years back in the late 80s and early 90s I attended lectures, met with people who claimed they had been abducted by alien beings, and who had been involved in various earth bound jobs but encountered things within the UFO world. I read dozens of books, listened to 100s of hours of interviews and was pretty involved in the research of being from other worlds. I even began work on two seperate screenplays that were set in the world of Flying Saucers. (they are still unfinished) However real life got in the way and I stepped away from that somewhat obsessive hobby but recently have began listening to a couple of UFO podcasts, one of which mentioned that there was a 2018 documentary out there. Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers which I watched today on Neftflix. So how was it? Well its a mixed bag.
When we are seeing and hearing Bob Lazar on screen , be it modern interviews, or archival clips, its fascinating stuff. and very grounded even though its an unearthly subject. His realism of what he has done its so interesting, I would rather have watched him talk for 90 minutes rather than had these clips intercut with flashy images and it has to be said. terrible narration and voice over by the usual talented Mickey Rourke.
In 1989, physicist Bob Lazar broke the story of Area 51 and the US government’s work on alien spacecrafts. He blew the whistle, shocked the world, then went silent – for a while, however listening to Bob talking about how he came to get the job, what his daily job entailed, even what the hand scanner looked like when he ‘clocked in’ to work is mind blowing, this documentary doesnt need flashy visuals and MTV-ing.Im sure this editing choice was doing to make the documentary punchier and more visually pleasing to those who dont have the attention span to sit and listen to someone talk, but for me, the focus of a documentary like this should the story, not the visuals. But hey I didnt make the documentary. If and when I make my own. I will just point a camera at someone and talk and listen.
But even though ive been negative about the editing style of Bob Lazar Area 51 and Flying Saucers, its still a fascinating watch and for years people who discussed about whether the things Bob Lazar claims he has done, seen and worked on are true, or whether he has fabricated it all. I know what side of the fence I sit on however Id love to know what you think. Bob Lazar Area 51 and Flying Saucers is now on Netflix.
There is also a lengthier and less flashy 2 hour video of Bob Lazar, filmmaker Jeremy Corbell chatting with Joe Rogan which you can watch here . I found this far more interesting than Bob Lazar Area 51 and Flying Saucers.