If the movie "Contact" had a sequel, what do you think they would do?

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  1. Jeff Rogers

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    I am a big fan of Contact in case it's not obvious [​IMG]
    Do you think the goverment cover-up would have been made public?
    Do you think mankind would have disabled the machine? -- Or retried it in the future?
    Anyone else care really? Besides me? :b
    What do you think would would happen if you were making the story for it?
     
  2. Robin Warren

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    I think mankind would have tried it again and again and again. Great movie BTW.
     
  3. Alex Spindler

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    Spoilers for those that haven't read the book

    I think it should focus on mankinds contributions to the universe. In the book, they eventually find the hidden message in PI (at least that was what I remembered). I don't know how interesting it would be, but the implications were both wonderful and exciting in concept.

    More immediately, I could see those who attempt to perpetuate the cover up to keep the world as it is, and those who would fight to make the truth known and allow mankind to continue making it's 'small moves'.
     
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    I think they should not have a sequel [​IMG]
    I think this is a story that stands on its own, and is not meant to have a second act -- especially, not an X-Files / action-movie sequel.
    Even the closing of the book (as Alex explained), I think is reasonably contained in the movie, thematically.
     
  5. Chuck Mayer

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    Alex and Dave, well said. I agree. The book had a wonderful ending that was reasoned and felt true.

    The movie is an underappreciated gem...one of the best SF movies we've had in years. Great stuff.

    Take care,

    Chuck
     
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    One of my favorites, too.

    It would be set in the year 3159. After several thousand botched attempts, man still hasn't figured out how the machine works. The aliens want their technology back.

    Just kidding. No sequel for this one, please. It stands alone.
     
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    "Its been 100 years since our first Contact. Now the aliens are back and they're pissed.

    Contact II"

    Tag line: "This time its personal!"

    I absolutely love this movie (easily in my top 20 all-time), and thinking about what happened after it fun, but I can think of few movies that need a sequel less than Contact.
     
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    I think it should have less Jar-Jar Binks, a love story, more Jedi...Oh, sorry, wrong thread.
     
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    Actually, the machine was designed to work only once. It creates a 'pucker' in time/space which (when connected with another 'pucker' near the star Vega) creates a wormhole.

    According to the book, the ETIs only created the terminating 'pucker' at Vega long enough for one voyage. After that, they turned off the receiving end until humans are ready to join the galactic family.

    Without a 'pucker' at the far end, the machine does nothing; hence no possibility for a sequel.
     
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    I'm not saying that they should make a sequel at all....

    That would taint the first movie w/o a doubt. I am just curious what would happen further down the road for humanity in that world.

    I read the book a few years back and I remembered that they dicovered the meaning behind pi.... But if the aliens closed off their side of the portal...how would mankind take the next "small move"
     
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    Ack, please no sequel! I've said it before, and I'll say it again... Contact is the WORST adaptation of a movie ever. It totally changed the whole theme of the book.

    In the book Segan asks only that if God exists, why isn't there physical proof that scientists can look at and universally agree upon? Elle and the team are doubted, but they work hard and find the proof they need in Pi and other transcendental numbers.

    In the movie, the filmakers tell us there is no proof that God exits, but we should still have faith anyway. Elle is embarrased and humiliated in order to learn this lesson.
     
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    If you want a sequel, watch Stargate SG-1 instead.

    Also why Contact was totally ignored by Oscar is beyond me. I think those stubborn heads in Oscar committee still have this "Sci-fi = not serious" prejudice in their minds.
     
  14. Brian W.

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    Yes, I thought Jodie Foster should have received an Oscar nomination for that one.

    Personally, I always felt the movie should have ended much earlier -- on the closeup of her face, staring at something we don't see, tears in her eyes: "I had no idea." Cut to black -- no fade out -- and roll credits. No beach scene, no hearings.
     
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    How's this for the title of a sequel?
    Anal Probe
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

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    Uh, okay, Francois...

    How about Contact 2: Electric Boogaloo?

    It is really sad how overlooked this film was and is. IMHO, Contact is one of the 10 best sci-fi movies ever made, and one of the 10 best films from the whole decade of the 90s. I actually found it much less cold than the book, which was also excellent, but that's not a criticism: books and movies just work differently. I loathe Sagan's lifelong dedication to scientific materialism, but the story of Contact is superb, as is much of his writing.

    Jodie Foster is remarkable in this film. How she did not garner an Oscar nod is beyond me.
     
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    Great movie, but I never read the book. Maybe I'll pick it up. Sequel: mankind learns to use the alien technology to build the USS Enterprise and go where no man has gone before. [​IMG]
     
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    I know they should hire the resurrectors from The Mummy Returns. And then go to Carl Sagan´s tomb and wake him up so he can write an excellent sequel. [​IMG]
     

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