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The Visit (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 9 October 2015 (USA)
This documentary-style film shows how government agencies try to cope with human mankind's first contact with alien life.


Michael Madsen


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Credited cast:
Mazlan Othman Mazlan Othman ... Herself, astrophysicist, director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
Paul Beaver Paul Beaver ... Himself, defence and aerospace consultant
Janos Tisovszky Janos Tisovszky ... Himself, director of the United Nations Information Service
Michael Boyce Michael Boyce ... Himself, former Chief of the Defence Staff
Niklas Hedman Niklas Hedman ... Himself, The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
Sheryl Bishop Sheryl Bishop ... Herself, social psychologist, University of Texas
John D. Rummel John D. Rummel ... Himself, chairman, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
Douglas Vakoch ... Himself, director of Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) (as Doug Vakoch)
Chris McKay Chris McKay ... Himself, astrobiologist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (as Christopher McKay)
Jacques Arnould Jacques Arnould ... Himself, theologist, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Chris Welch Chris Welch ... Himself, professor of space engineering, International Space University
Vickie Sheriff Vickie Sheriff ... Herself, former UK prime minister's deputy official spokeswoman
Ernst Fasan Ernst Fasan ... Himself, authority in space law
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Reiner Christian Reiner ... (voice)


This documentary-style film shows how government agencies try to cope with human mankind's first contact with alien life.

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9 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A látogatás See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria


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€1,175,952 (estimated)
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Interesting documentary
5 April 2016 | by mikko_aarnioSee all my reviews

Very interesting documentary, not much about how aliens are going to look, how would they act, but a reflection of humans in a face of visitors.

We view ourselves as "moral beings" who still have war against each others, we're corrupt, we are afraid of the unknown. We are afraid of something that we cannot control.

In a face of alien visitors, a race that has technology maybe billions of years more advanced than us, intelligence far greater than anything we can produce in centuries.. a being of almost magical properties and with a technology that will seem like magic to us... How can we deal with this "God" himself descending on us humanity. We feel already, with just few signs of "god" appearing to us resulting massive panic and need to form some sort of control of the unknown. We are a race that fears the unknown, and yet we appear to ourselves as capable of making judgment on things that are beyond our understanding. Will we bow to our knees and beg for forgiveness or will we say to these visitors same thing that DC universe movie said to alien visitor: "Tell me... do you bleed?"

With such strength of billions of years of advancement in technology, they can wipe us out with just a snap of a finger, create a super virus that can destroy any biological life on instant, they can conjure up black holes in the centers of the planets to consume us all. We feel powerless... and for a good reason.

Indeed an alien visitor might share a bright light to us as a species when we recognize that gods that we worship are nothing but an imagery of how we see us... but the real gods might not have such meanings or ethics as we share.

Are we really more than a physical beings that really are worthy of saving, are the morals the same as humans, or do they see us like we see cows and pigs, nothing more than soulless selfish beings walking in the dark with no purpose, eating what is presented in front of us... or are we really something of... perhaps divine. Perhaps something that needs to be valued. Is our intelligence enough to give us respect, to give us a reason for our existence?

If alien were to visit us, would it be friendly? Would it not just come here to establish a mining colony for their planet, to employ mindless robots to gather minerals and just harvest the planet?

Maybe why we haven't been visited is that there's really nothing in our planet that's worth visiting... maybe it's a good thing that we are left alone... for now. Giving a spark of lightning to a monkey in cage would shock it for a lifetime, it would never recover, it would go into panic...

As long as our need to control everything is a center of us, it makes impossible for friendly contact lead to something prosperous rather than something that will eventually lead to more misery.

Maybe we indeed have been visited, or scanned, but we are seen what we are, a pack of frightened monkeys trying to put sticks together to control everything, and we've been deemed for not worthy of a second visit for thousands of years.

The documentary makes very good points on many places but it leaves out the most interesting aspect of the visit, which is our connection to our need for gods, needs for something greater than us to exist... and how it would impact our spiritual ways of thinking.

The document is dark themed, but so is life, so are the conflicts between humans. Nothing is what we make it out to be, and that leaves us to hope for a better tomorrow, to seek something of a divine... something lasting, something that is solid. Perhaps our need for god ultimately is a tool for prepare us for the encounter... or perhaps the religion will ultimately make us fear the unknown even more...

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