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michelle <deathequalsoul@yahoo.com>
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 13:38:40 (PST)

i just watched this movie for an assignment and i liked it a lot. after reading the discussion from this forum, it seems that there was a lot more to the movie than what i had previously thought.

i do have a question though, besides the prime numbers, is there any other math in the movie?

someone mentioned the machine at the end being four-dimensional ...?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 at 12:40:23 (PST)

I think this is a great movie and there should definately be a Contact 2. I have watched this at least a dozen times, its just a fun movie.

Ed S.
Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 11:14:40 (PST)

I rewatched this movie for the second time because it was mentioned in some new age material I was reading. More interesting than the movie is the theory that Hollywood is making fun of the ignorance of the general population. They are showing us our true nature of being divine and how we can travel through stargates created by our mind. Start paying attention to movies and TV and look for the symbols. They really are there and make no sense if it's not intentional. This movie may, in fact, be showing you something we are quiete capable of doing today. Maybe the movies are warming people up to the idea of what we are capable. Not enough room in this post to go into any real details, but do google searches on sacred geometry, penial gland, stargates and 2012.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 17:22:07 (PST)

What I don't understand is why this movie has not been released on Blu-ray yet. It was one of the first movies on DVD (at least, I remember getting the movie before I had a DVD player), and it was a fantastic edition. This movie would be even more mind-blowing in high definition.

Ronald Flores
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 04:12:46 (PST)

I think the reason tho that Contact 2 has not been made is the obvious, the mind behind the movie has passed away and to try to do a movie would be simply catastrophic. As I said before I only plan on making a short sequel but I never expect it to fulfill the warm that Sagan has put on it.

Ronald Flores
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 04:07:27 (PST)

Contact is my favorite movie ever. I carry it around on my mp3 video player. In fact, Contact the movie went 10th anniversary last year, nobody said much about that. However, I am a true fan and been t hinking for YEARS to do a fan fiction sequel. I am working on the details, and of course this is a fan fiction but most likely would pick up 30 years later of the message event. The story would merge concepts both of the movie and the book; for example, in the book it is Ellie's mom who lives, not Ted. I would like to continue with the movie's idea. If people are interested do please let me know, I could need the encouragement.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 07:29:48 (PDT)

I love the movie. Nothing new there, everyone here loves the movie. I was recently reminded of it, when a friend of mine said that he wasn't going to lose his job yet, but that his management wanted him to work at home. I feel he's been getting pushed out further and further away for years. Felt like when Ellie was talking to Hadden, and when Hadden said, "your not out yet, but you've been handed your hat", or something like that. So then I began thinking about the movie, and how I feel whenever I watch it. I was looking for an HD or Bluray version of the movie out there, but I guess it doesn't exist. That movie would look awesome in HD. Anyway, I would love to see a Contact 2, or maybe a movie named something else, but still following the Contact universe. Did humanity benefit from this new technology? Do we feel so alone in the universe that we fight each other a lot more often. WW3 is inevitable, and maybe we are contacted so that we stop the madness. Maybe we finally get to get closer to God and learn that the stories in the Bible happened all over the Universe. I don't know, but I wonder. I wonder about things a lot. Do you?

Monday, August 25, 2008 at 16:52:26 (PDT)

Just watched "Contact"... once again... on TV last night. I agree with the majority of your contributers, it's a great movie, one of my favourite Sci-Fi movies, and never gets boring, however many times I see it! It's beautiful artistically, and FUN to watch! Lots of food for thought, and there are some great thoughts and discusssions over the years from your writers. Thank you all, and thank you for continuing in this forum of discussion. Some writers, however, are trying to make this movie "real" to them by trying to explain everything that is shown in the movie as logical and believable. It's a MOVIE, folks! Carl Sagan does't have all the answers, nor do our religious leaders, from whatever sect or belief. We, as a human race, are only just yet "out of the trees", so to speak. How can we be expected to understand the whole universe, and its fantastic and beautiful workings, with our current "hunter and gatherer" minds still yet evolving... as complex as we may think they are? Who do we have to compare them to? We're the smartest things on the planet..(Hmmm?) Do we know all the answers? No. Can we understand everything? No. Do we even have a clue what "everything" is? No, but we are learning! Just for those who want to make the movie "real" to them, here's a bit of science to answer a commonly asked question that I noticed in your entries, the one about the alien (father's image) saying..."You have your mother's hands." Even us "monkeys" on Earth understand about DNA and how it determines our physical characteristics....how something so small inside a living cell can make twins so perfectly identical, or each individual so unique. Perhaps this more advanced species can "read" the DNA and know its outcome. Hence, the "father" image knows that Ellie has her mothers hands. Just a thought...from a monkey.

Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 01:34:25 (PDT)

Just curious... I understand that Palmer Joss in the very beginning of the movie was carrying around a tan notebook -- when he first met Ellie. However, when he had "moved up" in Washington as a spiritual advisor to the President, he was carrying around what seemed to be that same tan notebook... or since he is a spiritual advisor was it a Bible? Any thoughts? Just curious!

Monday, July 07, 2008 at 00:56:08 (PDT)

Small steps Ellie ------------------------------small steps"
This has to be one of the best films of all time and I wrote to Hollywood some years ago asking that the sequel be made. Now some would argue that it should never be made however this film screams out for the next step small or otherwise.

Why would the machine sit there in Japan and never be used again or why would the races out in the universe remain silent for another hundred years?

Lets move on and make the sequel.

Is the report true that it will be made if so when is it due for release

Eager to know--- Many thanks for your reply in advance a fan
Will Rigg

woodford (TW)
Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 11:28:48 (PDT)

Finally I come to here, please allow me to say what interests me isn't how good the plot is. It's the author's state of mind during the creation of this epic-like novel. (some choose the word - complete, and Yes it is.)

Dose anyone ever interested about this?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 15:51:57 (PDT)


Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 06:39:09 (PDT)

Wife and I watched this film again for the first time in a couple of years. Seeing those "C's" again provoked my curiousity and this post. Thanks for the suggestion about the reference to Carl, I had never thought of it. Are there any other suggestions? I always thought Ellie might be "touched" in some cosmic way(?) and that the C's were some sort of sign? IDK. I haven't read the book but I enjoyed watching Carl on TV when he spoke. Does anyone know if he was a Christian?, I am. I think it was admirable and touching the way the film mixed faith and science together.
Our church once played the sound bite of Ellie's statement at the hearing before a sermon, very touching. I hope there is a sequel.

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 05:29:27 (PDT)

DR: I think the movie did mention somewhere the machine only had a one time use. Besides one doesn't know what happened after the movie.. maybe they did try to go through
This concept of building a machine to travel to space is very unique as a movie. I'm still surprised by it all..

Monday, May 12, 2008 at 00:36:29 (PDT)

Has anyone noticed, in this wonderful film, that there are 3 (I believe) subdued references to Carl Sagan? When Ellie rushes downstairs to the aid of her father there is a backward letter "c" in the spilled popcorn. Also when her "alien father" sifts sand through his hand, in the beach scene, it "twincles" in his hand. Then, at the end of the movie, Ellie herself sits on the edge of the canyon. She sifts sand through her hand and the backward "c" twinkles again. I think that those backward c's are a reminder of Carl himself. Has anyone else noticed this?

Saturday, May 03, 2008 at 23:48:26 (PDT)

I loved this movie. Just finished watching it again (not sure how many times have seen it now) Thanks to DVD I noticed at the end of the "first" jump, the pod stopped briefly showing what appeared to be a "Station-like" structure. I Have yet to read the Novel, but am picking it up to do so. This may be answered in the novel, but it seemed that perhaps that VEGA was a way-point, rather than the ending destination. And in the movie, when the signal was first tracked to VEGA, they said it was impossable, too new a system to have life. And she made at least 3 similar jumps before reaching her final destination. Everything else I read assumes that she stops in VEGA. This observation brought me to me ACTUAL question. Why make this trip only once? The machine was made, and all they had to do was reconnect the pod to the drop arm and go again. It would have helped to bring validation or expose the possible fraud. ESPECIALLY after admitting there were 18 hours of static recorded. This space platform I mentioned would help explain why they either didn't or why if they had it did not work a second time. They simply closed the platform or moved it to a new location making the spacial coordinates invalid. HMMMMM possibly a good start to a sequel???? Let me know your thoughts.

Friday, March 07, 2008 at 14:57:09 (PST)

There seem to be so many uniformed posts to this forum, people who speculate but admit to not having read the book or admit to not understanding time-dilation effects. Please do a little research folks!
Time dilation can work in either direction. The humans in the movie are EXPECTING the pod to travel at the speed of light, which is all we understand. Ellie does not travel at the speed of light, she travels through conduits. In the construction of a tesseract, the occupant can leave one time, enter another dimension, and return to the exact same moment he left. Look up "Spatial Topology". This explains Ellie's journey. Had she eneterded a real wormhole (Einstein-Rosen Bridge)it's opening would have tobe about the size of the sun and she would be crushed going through it.
No one here has commented on a major and brilliant name: Hadden's character in the book is simply a man of debauchery who recreated the city of Babylon as his own Las Vegas. "S.R. Hadden". "Esarhaddon" is one of the greatest ancient kings of Babylon/Assyria. Sagan's books and photos of himslef are repleat with references to Sumeria, Babylon, and obelisks (hence the Washington Monument).
Readers of the book know the secret to the image of sparkling stars the alien gives to Ellie. She repeats them later on Earth. There wasn't time in the movie to illustrate this. The alien told her to keep researching the numerical value of pi (a circle), the glitter of stars is part of a circle. In the book, Ellie eventually finds a secret hidden deep within pi.
Seek your answers, folks. Don't just post questions (to which you already have the answers) and expect explanations, vending machine-style.

Bailey James
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 at 17:10:39 (PST)

I think COntact is a very realistic depiction of how first contact might be made and how humnanity would react.
One thing I don't get - and I know Sagan tried to be as scientifically accurate as possible - was how the machine worked. I always thought you'd edperience time dilation when travelling at hyper speeds - so that Ellie's time would be much shorter than what observers back on earth experienced. Joss Palmer even references this fact. How is it that to earth observers, it appeared nothing happened - and in an instant. Whereas for Ellie, 18 hrs passed? Isn't that the opposite of what relativity tells us? This point has really been gnawing at me!

As much as I loved the story, I felt kind of let down on two points - we never see the aliens, their planet(s) or any physical evidence of them. And the fact that Ellie couldn't "prove" she really travelled to Vega. Not sure why, but I wanted some more tangible payoff! BUt when I think about it, leaving it open ended was probably the only way, otherwise it would have been corny - three eyed ridge-backed aliens in makeup, etc.

great site, btw...thanks!

Monday, February 11, 2008 at 09:22:13 (PST)

has anyone ever noticed that whenever elly and joss are talking about science and religion - God and faith - that the Washington monument is featured in the back ground? happens three times - at the end when they "see eye to eye" there it is again.

Monday, January 07, 2008 at 17:44:11 (PST)

I guess I'll be the one to start off the New Year. I'm going to go a little off subject, but I think that this something of interest to anyone who would visit this site. I work at NASA and I'm a very concerned about the future of our space program. I think it would be a disaster for the next president to cancel or delay the Constellation Moon-Mars missions. I won't get long winded here, but all I have to say is that if you support the further growth of the human race and America's future, then please let your representative know about it, especially the presidential candidates.


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