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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


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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Release Date:

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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Provocative Documentary
3 February 2015 | by SLUGMagazineFilmsSee all my reviews

The concept behind Michael Madsen's documentary is its greatest asset. Rather than interviewing scholars on events that occurred in the past, Madsen gathers a slew of interviewees to discuss a scenario that has never happened. How would mankind react with our first encounter with an alien life form? While it may sound absurd, Madsen introduces audiences to college professors, scientists, government officials and military personnel who have all had these types of conversations before an event like this has manifested. The majority of the project consist of questions being delivered such as, "Why are you here?" "Do you know good vs. evil?" and "Are we mentally prepared?" As a fan of science-fiction cinema, the thought of alien life on Earth has crossed my mind countless times, but to actually witness plans being formulated for such an event is like nothing I have ever witnessed. Would we reveal our own violent nature to our visitors or keep it a secret for as long as possible? Madsen takes a simple idea and makes us all want to believe something could be out there and, if it ever decides to pay a visit, makes us question our preparation skills. -Jimmy Martin

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