How Accurate Is Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Really?

As returning readers of this blog might know, I’m a big sci-fi movies fan. Also, I’ve been interested in UFOs (Unidentified Flying Object), aka UAPs (Unidentified Arial Phenomena), my entire life.

So I thought it would be fun to revisit Steven Spielberg’s classic movie Close Encounters Of The Third Kind from 1977 and compare it to information that has leaked or been declassified from official government sources now almost 45 years later.

How close is Close Encounters of the Third Kind to the reality we’re presented now?

How much does Steven Spielberg actually know about aliens and UAP considering his multiple portrayals of aliens in his films?

After all, this is the guy who has worked as either producer or director on such as Firelight (1964), E.T. (1982), *batteries not included (1987), Men In Black (1997), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), and War of the Worlds (2005) as well as numerous television shows involving extraterrestrials.

And IS Spielberg an alien?

Let’s see if we can find out (warning: spoilers ahead!)

Getting up to speed on the UAP phenomenon in recent years. A supersonic overview.

I’ve never really pursued the UFO community because I found that it quickly led to one of two things: one, a wall of silence as you approached government or military Non-Disclosure Agreement walls or, two, tinfoil hat stories by crazy people. I didn’t want to spend my life on a wild goose chase.

I also got tired of watching one show after the other, all telling the same old stories. Most of them seemed to follow the same formula. They all talked about the Roswell UFO crash and the Rendlesham Forest incident and spiced it up with the abduction story of Benny and Barney Hill and the obligatory skeptic.

Sure some of the stories were compelling, but they always led nowhere and had zero answers.

It’s always the same dead ends, or unsubstantiated abduction claims repeated again and again. And the skeptics’ attempts to debunk everything are often more far-out than the UFO stories themselves.

A shift in the public discourse

However, since the article Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program in the New York Times from 2017 by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal, and Leslie Kean from 2017, a lot has changed.

Finally, there was a tiny crack in the otherwise hermetically sealed official government reporting on this phenomenon.

So I thought that now was a good time to revisit the UAP phenomenon. And I’ve been following the blossoming UAP debate in the mainstream media ever since that pivotal article.

The Congress getting in on the action

The shift is perhaps most evident with the 25th June 2021 preliminary assessment report on UAPs made available to Congress and the public. Well, at least the non-classified version is.

It’s also evident with the recent proposal for a permanent UAP office under the Defence Secretary, which you can find in the House of Representatives’ lengthy fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act.

And, of course, it is evident with the surge of released declassified videos under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act), including the gimbal, FLIR, and Gofast videos, and the stories told by pilots such as Commander David Fravor about the Tic Tac ufo during the USS Nimitz incident.

Just have a look and listen to the stories of some of the pilots who saw UAPs with their own eyes in this special from CNN’s 60 minutes:

Lots of high-quality info on UAPs is available online

I’ve been watching a lot of podcast interviews online with people like Luis Elizondo, Chris Mellon, Ross Coulthart, Jacques Vallée, Bob Lazar, David Fravor, and Richard Dolan. And I think it’s safe to say the cat’s out of the bag.


  • Jan Sørup

    Jan Sørup is a videographer and photographer from Denmark. He owns and the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.

1 thought on “How Accurate Is Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Really?”

  1. I was traveling through ky a few years back, I pulled off exit 129 in central ky a few miles past lexington, as I got back on the expressway I noticed many police cars with lights blocking all traffic on the highway, only a few miles I saw a very large ship or craft hovering over the highway, it looked almost exactly like speilburgs depiction of close encounters spaceship, it was large enough to put 3 Goodyear blimps inside it, I parked and shut off my car and no engine sounds , it had the stacks on top of it that looked like buildings, and poles sticking out from it with lights on them, exactly like the movie but not in the desert but in central ky, I watched as it flew over my car and over a base or airport, then it moved in steps downward to land, it looked almost exactly like speilburgs depiction in the movie, I wonder who gave him all the details like he used, and why kentucky , not in the desert,


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