If you’ve ever felt alone. If you’ve had sleepless nights questioning what we are; why we’re here. If you fear that we’re all that there is and blackness is all that awaits, do yourself a favor and watch this movie. If it doesn’t reach into your soul and give you pause, well, maybe blackness is all that you’ll find at the end as this movie is all about believing. If blackness is what you believe, then that’s okay.
As so many reviews here so eloquently stated here, this movie is an astonishing masterpiece from every pivot point. It’s beautiful. It’s moving. It’s passionate. It’s wonderful to watch. It has amazing performances and effects. Most of all, it has a sincere passion about who and what we are and why we’re here. All of that in a exciting, rollercoaster thrill ride into the great beyond.
There is no doubt you’ll love every minute of this as a movie. That’s great because this is so much more than that. This is a rendering of the last quest of a true skeptic of our existence here: Carl Sagan. He’s known for letting us know, in his unique phrasing, that’s we’re surrounded by “ billions and billions” of stars. As a scientist, he considered that with so many stars and planets, how could we possibly be alone? So, there he is, so smart, so sure that there is life throughout the universe; that we’re not alone. Again, there he is, staring up at the cosmos in his books and lectures surrounded by an infinite likelihood of other life, yet,,, so what? We have other life here on Earth. The people in town. In distant lands. Strange beings with fur and tails and even wings. But, we’re still alone, aren’t we? Without a God, without an afterlife, what are we? Not much and that is the eternal question. It is the eternal challenge: Faith.
I always felt that as a scientist he had to question and doubt the existence of God, and hence facing that blackness ar the end. But this work, based on his writings, shouts out the hope that science is wrong. That there are things we can’t comprehend. It was him leaving the door cracked open a bit at his end to let God in if God exists. Yes, that’s having it both ways, but why not? That’s fair. A good scientist needs proof. He was open to being proven that science is not the answer, it’s the question.
Watch the movie and you’ll marvel at how such a deep subject — the most important one we have — is treated so honestly. He made no proclamation or expressed no actual belief. He did acknowledge how there are things we simply can’t prove. As in one scene where the main character, a true skeptic, is asked by a man of faith if she loved her father. She has no doubt at all as she answers “Yes.”
Then he says “Prove it.”
Just like a higher being, love can’t be seen, heard, measured, quantified or proven it actually exists.
If you don’t end up loving this movie, prove it.
One final note:If ever a movie cried out for a. 4K release, this is it,