Movies For Infidels: ContactAugust 27, 2006 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Movies For Infidels | Leave a comment
I had to see this movie again. Contact was a science fiction novel written by Carl Sagan. It’s about a radio astronomer, played by Jodie Foster, who hears a transmission from outer space. The message contains detailed directions about how to build a machine. It turns out the machine is some kind of vehicle or transporter, or so they think. One of the most profound parts of the story is that Ellie (Jodie Foster) is an atheist. She says that she is a scientist and therefore without emperical evidence she cannot believe in god. When the government is trying to choose a person to put in the machine, she is one of the candidates. The group decides that they cannot send a person who does not believe in god. They say that she would not represent the majority of Earth. In several scenes of the movie there is protesting against the scientists. Many of the protestors are religious. One of them seems a little too much of a believer. He’s just plain crazy. This fanatic blows up the machine that was built. But everything was okay, because another machine was built on an island somewhere in the Pacific and Ellie is asked to be the occupant. I love the way that Carl Sagan portrayed the main character. To make it even better the character was played by Jodie Foster, an atheist herself.
- From an interview about Contact, Jodie Foster had this to say, "I absolutely believe what Ellie believes – that there is no direct evidence, so how could you ask me to believe in God when there’s absolutely no evidence that I can see? I do believe in the beauty and the awe-inspiring mystery of the science that’s out there that we haven’t discovered yet, that there are scientific explanations for phenomena that we call mystical because we don’t know any better."
I definately recommend this movie.