Your Comments:


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 obvious actually.

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)

to Gfahey,

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.

Floris Porro
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 ( sk4x10x@hotmail.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! :)

Carlos Ricci
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: ricci1966@hotmail.com
Quem for brasileiro, também pode me escrever, pois eu sou!

See yahh!

Robin (rhskylab77@hotmail.com)
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 looking stars)

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!

Karl B
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.

Christine Walsher
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????

Adam Gully
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.

Lawton Ho<lawton@art-angel.net>
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.

Michael Potter
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 06:25:45 (PDT)

Does anyone know if there is a sequel in the works to "Contact?"

Ozon4 <amk222hotmail.com>
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

CS <my_astro_universe@hotmail.com>
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)

Hi, just wanted to thank you guys for getting such an informative site. Excelent graphic designed and easy to navigate. Your site is indeed wonderful and i bookmarked it. I have found some of the information here helpful. There are too little good sites. Your site is very good. Thank you for the opportunity to sign your guest book. I will recommend and come back.

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) <smoon88@hotmail.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 touches me
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 different galaxies!
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 <kingofstorms77@hotmail.com>
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 it.

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.

Later, friends.

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?

Sarah <carversgirl@aol.com>
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?

Diana <diana012000@yahoo,com>
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

Chase <ScreenNam883@yahoo.com>
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. <jayschif@hotmail.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!


1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | current discussion