Con­tact has been made

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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.

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