Friday, December 26, 2003 at 07:05:08 (PST)
Yep, that I thought about already. The compass was passed
on to Ellie and it saved her life - eventually it will
mean that Ellie did not forget about Palmer, and it meant
"God may have saved her". The compass itself is a
symbol of finding a direction. I thought this was too
One thought that I may add here.. it took Ellie a split
second to time travel (by Earth Time).. even though
she DID take longer than 18 hours (where is the footage?), but
does this mean that she didn't stay on the planet at all, or
does it mean that the planet relative to the Earth
was travelling at the speed of light? Now that the
dream sequence didn't actually took any amount of Earth
time, I begin to wonder if the scientists investigating
was actually correct, unless she actually went BACK in time
(due to the wormhole maybe?) to come forward again.
that if we
Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 05:54:00 (PST)
Remember when Palmer gave the compass to Ellie at the beginning? She
gave it back to him and told him that it might save his life
someday. When Ellie was in the pod, she sees the compass and
undoes her restraints in order to get the compass. Then the
chair broke off. Would she have been injured if she had not
left the pod to get the compass? Did the compass save her life
like she prdicted to Palmer? Thats something to think about.
I love your website! It's so cool!
USAMonday, December 15, 2003 at 22:36:26 (PST)
There was a part when video transmission was lost, and
since Ellie can get out of the chair (to get the compass)
then I presume they thought that was how she got out.
The system was built by ancient ones "before them". I
presume that this means there is even a more advanced
civilisation than the ones Ellie met. These ancient ones
have long gone, probably further into deep space.
I think in the book Vega was a sort of "traffic lights"
for intestellar space travellers, that is why she saw
what seems to be a row of holes.
entities from vega live on the triple star system,
but they have also colonised elsewhere.
Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 03:19:13 (PST)
Just as Ellie looks up, and her 'vieuw' trough the pod moves
with it, she sees somekind of alien spacestation, emediatly
after the moment she goes trough the next wormhole.
Are the wormholes build by those people or something?
Also in the machine, when the rings are moving, u see somekind
of cars going trough very fast. What are they?
gfahey ( email@example.com )
Friday, December 12, 2003 at 15:18:06 (PST)
I have several questions about this movie which, BTW I have
watched waaaaay too many times!
Anyway, when the IPV "pod" crashes into the water and
Ellie is seen on the monitors as OUT of the chair by all of
the team, NO MENTION is made of this. If indeed this "ride"
was only mere seconds ( as recorded ) then why weren't the
scientists concerned about HOW Ellie got out of the chair
if it was a straight drop? This bugs me. Yes, I know it's
only a movie but, hey! :)
Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 05:28:21 (PST)
Yesterday (Dec/10th/2003) I've watched the movie for the nth
time. It's fantastic how Sagan left such gift to us. An amazing
mix of Science and Fiction.
In fact, it's that way that I think we will be contacted.
No UFO's, no gray or blue aliens, but simply by radio.
Any contact, please, let me know.
Feel free to reach my email box: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quem for brasileiro, também pode me escrever, pois eu sou!
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 02:09:49 (PST)
Hi it is great to see that there is still intelligent life behind
our closed doors in suburbia, writing about possibly one of the
most unique films ever made.
I have just viewed the movie on video for the nth time,
and as with many others who have commented, I also find
something new everytime I see this movie. It's made to interest,
and somehow captures the imagination so well for
such movie of this genre. The reason why I think the movie is
good is that the dialogue and sequences were clear and
that the love scenes didn't go overboard.. anyone notice
how an argument was about to erupt between Palmer J and
Ellie just after the selection interview? If I was in Ellie's
shoes I would've been pretty pissed off if betrayed
not only by Palmer but also Drumlin. But then somehow this movie
didn't get into that drama so .. yeah!.
Ref: Jason S, the warp sequence was pretty interesting.
I don't know what / why Ellie's face became out of phase
or what / why she said things she was about to say in future. It
looks as if the director decided to cut some of this sequence,
everytime I get that feeling anyway... This
sequence should have been longer. Also, the alien in the end was
a good idea but that sequence was also a bit short.
Eg Ellie did not ask the question about how they did it..why they
didn't destroy themselvces.
I think the ending of the debate scene was also good because it
presented a message to us by the aliens
'If you do not believe the person we send back in space
travel, who represented you (the human race), then you
may just not make it out of Earth. and your time would have
been wasted, etc'
I have not heard of a special extended DVD edition and I heard
there is no addition footage on the DVD so I haven't purchsaed
the DVD yet.
Should a Contact 2 movie be made, and any ideas?
I personally think if they made another COntact, then
they do not make it unbelievable (sci-fi). Contact was
probably unique because it is believable on this present
day and age, where we still haven't made ET contact.
Also ,who the hell wouldn't believe that machine? It lighted up
the night sky and pulled a ship at sea due to
it's gravity!. Now that's something that's gotta have a
good explanation!!. Also, why can't the machine be built again
to verify the bug or truth, like most scientist do?
That would be a possible aftermath to the movie.
Also the signal is still there I would imagine so don't
think the world would not do anything about it.
I think the dream sequence and the detection of the signal
was also may favourite parts of the movie. And i would
like to add that having Bill Clinton, NBC news, and other
famous actors added to the effect. Well done.
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 14:15:57 (PST)
wow. amazing that people still post that they are just seeing
the movie for the first time. I almost envy them. I saw it in
theaters 3 times and own the DVD. So far, this movie is the
only one I can find that deals with science, space travel and
"god" all with ease. My favorite scenes: When elli
first hears the signal..fantastic. Also, of course, when she
travels through the worhole. Don't have much to say, I just
wanted to be a part of this site..for my online tribute to
the movie, see my online magazine..look craefully at the cover! Thanks!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 01:04:45 (PST)
i just caught this movie and i think its perfect. it has really
inspired me. One scene in particular left a big impression on
me: when the alien/ellie's father scooped up some sand and it
sparkled like the bright constellation in the sky
personally i believe it might have been inspired by william
blake's poem, auguries of innocence: "to see the world in
a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower..."
its significance in the show, i feel, is that to search the
universe and contact other lifeforms we should first take a
look at ourselves and see if we are likeable enough that
others would want to make Contact with us. Are we at such a
stage yet? when we have progressed more, perhaps in looking
at ourselves (symbolised by the sand, which we identify as
that from Pensacola, from earth)we will see a resemblance
to the more advanced life forms (symbolised by the foreign
Friday, November 14, 2003 at 04:41:04 (PST)
The explanation of how the wormhole acts in the movie, does
not work with Einstein rules correctly, if you learn something
about the wormholes theories, you could know that the time the
Earth loses contact with Ellie should be, at last, same as the
time that Ellie was talking with the E.T!!
The movie plays with this fact, the time, and explain how the
Earth lose contact with Ellie for just less than a second, but
Ellie spends 18 hours going to Vega and returning from it.
If you are interested on more explanations, tell me and I could
explain more. ;-)
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 15:16:47 (PST)
I just want to confirm that the "shooting stars"
at the end of the movie is actually other creatures and
beings traveling through wormholes. Thanks!
Monday, October 27, 2003 at 05:41:37 (PST)
Does anyone know the significance of the pattern of
stars that is seen in several places in the movie? Once
was I believe when she was talking the alien (who appeared
as her father), and then at the end the sand in her hands
reflected the same pattern.
Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 08:05:32 (PST)
I just noticed something, maybe i blinked...
Just as the pod goes through the center of the rings,
the glowing energy seems to dissappear.
Could the energy be some form of say , it slows down
time but accelerates the pod to Vega and brings it back as well?
Otherwise, love this movie. Watched it like i dont know
how many times... it keeps me wondering if we will ever
find someone out there.
Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 19:33:11 (PDT)
Hi, I just watched the movie contact as I downloaded
it from the net. But, annoying ly the ending is missing.
Its stop at 2 hours and 13 minutes, when she is talking
to those kids and one kid says he doesn't know if there's
any life out there. Could someone please tell me what
happens after that? Also, the national advisor and the
woman talk about 18 hours of static. What was that supposed
to mean? Was the Gov involved in something?
Easy: Buy the DVD.
Mauna Kea Guy
That's Occum's Razor.
Monday, October 20, 2003 at 15:02:49 (PDT)
I previously watched the movie "Contact" with
my classmates a week ago. The movie really gets you
thinking even at such a young age.
Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 10:35:12 (PDT)
Does anyone know the name for the concept that some of the
characters used to explain the unexplainable. It was something
like Occums Law????
Monday, October 13, 2003 at 16:26:47 (PDT)
Hey guys.I just wanted to say that the movie 'Contact' is
so amazing. I thank God for breath everyday and for His
grace and beauty which is evident in this movie. How can
you look at the sky everynight and pictures of outer space
from the 'Hubble' and not believe that God created it all.
Only His devine hands could have created all this wondrous
beauty. I want to let everyone know of a good song that
yall should listen to. its called 'God of wonders' by Third
Day. I love the part in the chorus that says,'God of wonders
beyond our galaxy,you are holy....holy. Universe declares
your majesty,you are holy....holy.'But anyways,if you haven't
seen the movie contact,you should definitly see it.
Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 09:15:21 (PDT)
I like the movie "Contact" Its thought provoking,
makes me about how small we are. I have been a Carl Sagan
fan since "Cosmos" series.
How wonderful God is in creating the universe. I am believer
in God. I believe God did not create this universe by accident.
There a website where science and God goes together. It's
www.answersingenesis.org It really get the mind thinking,
whether stories in Bible are fiction or not. But science have
proving more and more that Bible is true. The key to belive in
God is faith. It much in the movie saying: if you love your
father, prove it? How do we know Jesus existed?
There things in 'Contact' ask good question. Does God Exist?
How do define love? there so many questions in life that human
can not answer.
It only by faith I believe in God, and His promise of heaven.
Human we are always seeking. Why am I here? Does God care? I
am i along. God has a better place for us than on Earth. And
that His son Jesus Christ die for our sin (john 3:16), because
God loves us, and wants us to go to another place when we die.
God is not religion, but a relationship. I wish every blessings
in your quest in life.
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 06:25:45 (PDT)
Does anyone know if there is a sequel in the works to "Contact?"
Monday, June 16, 2003 at 12:05:23 (PDT)
I dont know from where to start am really wander on the greats of
this movie. I have been see it maybe 6 times, and I still whant to
see it more and more. evry time I discover in it things make me
happy because,am still life and I learn from it as a scientist.
reailly am like science fiction. in the end I wish to receive
any e-mail form Ms. Juddi Foster because I like her so much please
if u read this send for me anythings to show me that u are read
my mail. thak u for all and am very sorry because English is not
my first language.
Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 04:25:20 (PDT)
I just saw this movie on DVD. I thought it was wonderful. Matthew
Mcconaughey was really hot. Anyways, I was going through some
scenes and I noticed something in the movie that the old rich
guy shows Ellie on his plane. It was a weird blue flash right
after her family picture. So, I went back and went through each
frame with the handy pause button and it seemed to be more than
just a flash. I can't really make out what it is. If anyone has
any ideas, post em' please. Thanks
Wednesday, June 04, 2003 at 22:06:19 (PDT)
About a year ago I got extremely interested in Astronomy. I
had heard about Carl Sagan and decided to go to the local
library and see if there were any interesting books. I found
"Contact." I loved the book because I wanted to be
Ellie. I want to be an Astronomer. I haven't decided what
subfield to focus on yet, but that book gave me hope. Then,
I heard there was a movie made based on the book, so I
couldn't wait to get it! To this day it is still my favorite
movie EVER!!! I've watched it over 25 times and I get just a
little something more out of it each time I watch it. It never
gets boring. I'm also a person who doesn't believe in God.
I've tried, I really have, but I just can't devote myself to
being a Christian when I keep thinking that what I read in
the Bible has to be fiction. I haven't really ever looked at
any other religions, so I wouldn't know how I stand with their
beliefs. Anyway, I thought that this site was incredible! It
is extremely informative and has great pictures. Thank you
for being so dedicated. I'm going to end with one of my most
favorite quotes from Carl: "Somewhere, something incredible
is waiting to be known. " - Carl Sagan
Sunday, May 25, 2003 at 15:05:25 (PDT)
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Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 07:32:48 (PDT)
My friend and I had to practically carry each other out of the
theatre when we saw it
for the first time. Not for alot of the reasons why, I think the
movie was made. We
all walk our own path to our beliefs, many assume, I think like
Carl Sagan, that we
all arrive to the same conclusion, that there is or isn't a God,
whether we truly
are alone inside or not.
Ryan S. <MooMooCow247@yahoo.com>
Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 18:59:32 (PDT)
I watched Contact for the first time in my sicence class today. I
though it was very
interesting and was thinking about weather Ellie went to Vega or
not. At first i
didn't think she did until they through in the fact that there was
18 hours of video
footage. If anyone else has any comments about that plz email me
id like to read
what you think.
Elle (A.K.A. Michelle) <email@example.com>
Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 10:16:18 (PDT)
To tell you the truth, when I first saw 'Contact' when I was in the second
grade I was in awe. Even though I didn't really understand what they were
mainly talking about it still touched me. To this very day it still
Ellie is a lot like me in some ways. I myself am also curious. Sometimes
I'd stare up into the night sky and wonder... what's up there? I'm a
Catholic and I beleive God really did create extra-terrestrials but... the
only reason why we never really received any signals or anything is that, we
as humans, have to learn how to love ourselves before we meet people from
I noticed that we, as humans, have a lot of anger and hold a lot of
grudges. We discriminate people from other countries. If we can't get
along with people within our own planet we could just forget about meeting
people from other parts of the universe!
As for me I don't want that. I want to meet them. My curiosity is running
out of control and I really want to know "Are we alone?"
Chris E <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Saturday, April 12, 2003 at 11:21:54 (PDT)
I loved this movie when it came out years ago. So much so I bought the book
and read it. It's very different. There are times when it is exactly the
same, but there are striking differences. The book's ending lead me to believe
Carl Sagan had either become a man of God, or that he wanted to so badly, he
created a reality where proof of God's existence became real. At the end, a
huge supercomputer (millions of personal computers linked up to to a vast
array of supercomputers) are crunching out the full sequence of Pi, the
calculations for a circle, which seem random. They are searching inside
Pi for even a hint of design, which would happen if a Supreme Being had
created the Universe using mathematics, and the round shape is the most
basic of all shapes in a gravitational universe. Well, at the end of the
book, at the last possible moment, the computer detects order and prints
out a page. There are is a definite pattern inside Pi such that when it is
printed on a page, the 1's and 0's being printed actually FORM the SHAPE OF
A ZERO, with the shape of the zero actually created out of 0's amidst the
sea of 1's that do not make up that shape. It's incotravertial(sp?) evidence
that the universe was shaped by Intelligent Design, by a Creator who stamped
his signature deep inside Pi where we--in the real world--will never find
I loved that book. Carl Sagan wanted to believe in God, and he wrote a story
that supplied the proof (although fictional) that could allow him to
dream it so.
Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 14:10:29 (PST)
I saw this movie for the first time yesterday, its was great, i wasnt
expecting an ending like that though, it left me with similar
questions to Jason S.
The question I would like answered most is are they working on Contact
2? all I want is to see another good movie like that the sooner the
better. If they arn't working on a second movie are there any similar
movies like Contact?
Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 01:51:10 (PST)
I rented the movie Contact. It is the special DVD version with the
commentaries. Jodi Foster at the beginning starts talking and she
says whenever we want to watch the movie to shut her off. How do i do that?
Thursday, February 06, 2003 at 11:28:47 (PST)
I am currently writting on Science Vs. Relgion and including in it
the opinion of people all over and this wonderful film..CONTACT(my
favorite movie) if anyone would like to give me their opinion on
anything..the movie, or science Vs. Relgion..e-amil me ! Thank you
Friday, January 24, 2003 at 18:34:43 (PST)
The name of the principal is, Occam's Razor.
Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 16:45:23 (PST)
It was agreat movie except i thought that they could of made the ending more fun
Jason S. <email@example.com>
Thursday, January 09, 2003 at 00:28:14 (PST)
I loved the movie 'Contact,' but I wanted to hear people's opinions
on what happened during Ellie's trip to Vega.
I understand a little bit about wormholes, but why did Ellie travel
through 3 or 4 of them in order to get to her final destination, only
stopping for a brief moment in each instance? From a scientific and a
storytelling standpoint, I couldn't figure out why she made stops along
the way. Is that simply how the aliens had set up travel to their home
planet as a matter of coincidence or necessity? Was a single wormhole
impossible? Did a series of wormholes allow beings to travel longer
distances? Or were the aliens trying to show her something in
particular at each stop?
Was there something specific I was supposed to learn about Ellie's
comments as she was flying through each wormhole? It was hard for
me to hear, but she was talking as she turned her head to the side
a couple times (and her face grew distorted). I was wondering if I
missed anything important.
Also, while Ellie was traveling, she leaves her chair to get the
compass Palmer gave her and in doing so, the chair rips out of its
place and "magnetizes" to the ceiling. Suddenly the pod
stops shaking altogether. Is this because the pod wasn't meant to
include a chair at all, as Ellie suggested earlier in the film? Or
was it because she had arrived at her destination?
When Ellie finally lands, what is the significance of the
"goo" she touches when she reaches out toward the
beautiful scenery? It seems to be all around her -- it is
her pod, transformed? Is it a device or room that the aliens
have created in order to reflect an environment she can
emotionally digest? If so, why does her "father"
seem so real, real enough that she can touch him and he
can kiss her? It's as if he walked through the "goo"
walls and became concrete, yet the alien is taking the form
of something it isn't... Or is it an alien at all? Why would
an alien be interested in kissing her on the forehead to make
her feel better? Was it just reading Ellie's thoughts and
doing what she so desperately wanted or is the "alien"
really her father? Was the alien world really heaven?
It's getting late so I have to go, but I would love to hear
other people's thoughts on these questions. I'll try, but I
probably won't come back to this forum (since I'm lazy) -- but
if you do have a comment or answer, PLEASE feel free to e-mail
me your idea. I'd rather have a 1-on-1 debate anyway.
Thanks for your time!
Jim Goldapp <Catfishjim62@hotmail.com>
Wednesday, January 08, 2003 at 07:03:52 (PST)
I have been looking for a site that has an available download
for PC to the opening journey "flyby" scene. If anyone
knows of one could you please let me know where it would be. I
have always thought it was incredible!