THE VISI T
Contact has been made
released OUT NOW! 2015 | PG | DVD
Director Michael Madsen
Cast N/ A
No, nothing to do with the recent M Night Shyamalan movie ( as a subtitle – An Alien Encounter – helpfully underlines). And it’s not the improbable vision of a former Reservoir Dog, either – this Michael Madsen is a high- minded Danish director.
It is, in fact, a semi- fictionalised documentary that tussles with two of the mightiest questions we face as a race. What if we’re not alone in the universe? And, more crucially: what if they know where we live?
Madsen’s enlisted a legion of experts – psychologists, astrobiologists, theologians, lawyers – to ponder the implications of first contact with an extraterrestrial civilisation. We watch as government officials fret over the right words to reassure the public – “We believe no one is in imminent danger” is their most optimistic draft – while a boffin dons a bio- hazard suit to enter an alien craft. Elsewhere there are odd Kubrickian interludes where the camera glides through elegant, empty rooms, like the one Dave Bowman enters at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
It’s a provocative, artfully assembled but ultimately inconclusive thought experiment that could have done with some input from the general public – the ones who may just be stampeding in panic from the heat ray…
Extras None. Nick Setchfield
Turns out the United Nations has an Office For Outer Space Affairs, which is a cheering thought, isn’t it?
Last night’s curry was not looking appealing.