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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:03 am   Post subject: Contact Endings ***SPOILERS*** Reply with quote


Question on chat was: What do you believe happened at the end?

Okay, okay, I modified what I actually asked. I had asked what ending you believe and that was confusing between the book and the movie. I didn't read the book - but might if it's available on PalmReader.

Anyway, at the end, the people on Earth believed the machine failed since it simply fell through. They didn't believe that she spent all that time on another planet.

What do you believe?
1> It was all her imagination?
2> She really visited the other planet?


I think she actually went.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:07 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


I think she went. The perception of time was altered because of the wormhole travel. No one
here could have experienced it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:12 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Hmmmm, I wasn't sure if I should see this one. I guess I should now that I'm curious.....
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:20 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


***SPOILER WARNING****

Although I don't think I'm giving much away....


Having read the excellent book I think Carl Sagan definitely wanted you to believe that Ellie had visited another world. One of the reasons is because of the brilliant final chapter in the book - one of the finest endings to a story I have read. Now I can't remember how much the film touches on this, if at all, but Sagan makes a big thing of it in the book and it is very, very clever. I won't spoiler it any further though, tj, you really should read it. If only the last chapter!!
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:21 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


the end of the movie let you know as well... the top scientest who didn't believe her said it was interesting that her video recorder recorded hours of static.
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I think that Sagan was hinting at the idea that our minds will not always be so limited by our current conceptions about what is physically possible and impossible. So, yes, I think that it is pretty clear that she went. The only alternative, really, is to argue that Sagan wanted his skeptical heroine to end the story with a preposterous hallucination, which would... well, it would just be a really unsatisfying way to end the story.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 7:16 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Legolas wrote:
the end of the movie let you know as well... the top scientest who didn't believe her said it was interesting that her video recorder recorded hours of static.
18 hours of static to be exact.

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I think it was real, in the movie, but it was a lesson in faith in the end.
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