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(SlashFilm)   The first trailer is release for Christopher Nolan's next film. From the looks of it, we're getting Contact 2: McConaughey Boogaloo   ( slashfilm.com) divider line
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2013-12-15 01:11:50 AM  
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I've occasionally thought about what a Contact sequel would be like.  There were at least some people who knew about the length of time Ellie's recorder was on.  There was the technical expertise required to build the Machine, some of which was no doubt advanced materials, methods and concepts that humanity hadn't discovered yet, but were included in the instructions to build it.  The governments of the world had already built an entire second Machine in secret.  And many sci-fi properties make a lot of hay out of how humanity's ingenuity and flexibility stand out among the races we encounter.  I think a black project as an outgrowth of that would be a plausible premise, and enough of the original cast is still around to give it a good treatment.

What could humanity do with the knowledge gained and 20 years to improve on it, even in secret?  With refinement, how far could we shrink the Machine?  How could we improve its performance?  What else could we build with the knowledge gained from the first two?

Or is the Machine only a first step in the technological sense, as well as an introductory sense?  That is, was it an intentionally dumbed down construct, one that would be easier for us to build and/or not give too much away in a technological sense, so we could make that first contact without enormous disruption to our society?  Would the aliens send us plans for better Machines, or other devices, as they deemed us 'ready'?

I'm not sure we'll ever see it, but there's a lot of potential there.  It might even make a decent fan film, or student film, for someone motivated.
2013-12-14 11:32:57 PM  
2 votes:

theorellior: bbfreak: Is interesting that there are more good space films happening even as NASA's budget is slashed year after year. Well, assuming its good but it is Nolan after all.

I'm hoping we're at an inflection point in the zeitgeist where all the kids who grew up on Apollo and the shuttle are old enough to found their own space companies and make movies about the spaceships they were promised but never got.

That would be great, and I think you are already sort of seeing that in Musk and Bezos and even Richard Bronson. Private spaceflight can only take us so far. Flagship missions like Curiosity and Cassini are under threat of being terminated simply because we've decided that for 2014 at least, that we can't afford to keep planetary scientists employed for the most part. It isn't just NASA either, we've cut science funding across the board in this country. At a time where I'd argue we should be maintaining if not increasing such funding. Make science funding 3 percent, 4 percent of the budget and amazing things would happen. We'd be progressing towards the future.

Instead we're in danger of stagnating because millions of Americans don't see the value in NASA, or science in general.

Of course Carl Sagan warned us: "We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces."

2013-12-15 12:45:13 AM  
1 vote:
Um, that trailer looked nothing like Contact or a sequel to Contact.

That said, I would farking love to see a competent story teller/director like Nolan take the first half of Contact and finish it with something good.
2013-12-14 09:28:34 PM  
1 vote:
...we're getting Contact 2: McConaughey Boogaloo

Uh, I'm actually okay with that.
2013-12-14 08:40:20 PM  
1 vote:
I enjoyed Inception, but even found the recent Superman movie pretty lame. Whether Nolan was mainly to blame, I don't know, but I can't count his Batman movies as my favorites either.

We'll see what comes of this...
2013-12-14 07:16:08 PM  
1 vote:
Obviously a great filmmaker...but that voiceover blows.
2013-12-14 02:51:49 PM  
1 vote:
The trailer tells us nothing. But it's Nolan and I'm not holding TDKR against him. And the cast is ludicrous.
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