Contact Essay by The Research Group

An examination of the 1997 film's depiction of the religious-scientific conflict, the God-concept, reason vs. theology, UFOs and the universal truth.
# 15643 | 1,800 words | 7 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 18, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Religion and Theology (General)

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"This research will examine how the motion picture Contact deals with the God-concept. The research will set forth the context in which the film's religious theme surfaces and then discuss the pattern of ideas and events that point to the centrality of that theme as well as the means by which the theme is elaborated over the course of the story.
The fact that Contact can be interpreted as an examination of the human encounter with God is latent in both the resolution of the story line and the attributes of character informing the narrative. This is the case even though the manifest content of the film is that of a science-fiction adventure story. Such an interpretation can be justified by the fact that the narrative action begins when astrophysicist Ellie Arroway realizes that the radiotelescope transmissions being received contain cryptographic..."

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