By Megan Garber and Ross Andersen
This conversation discusses plot points of Arrival, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Contact.
What if there’s more? What if, somewhere out there, there are others? What if, one day, everything—really, everything—changes?
Contact with extraterrestrial life is an ongoing theme in film, and there’s a good reason for that: As a story alone, it’s mysterious. It’s epic. It’s awe-inspiring. But it’s also, as a story, intimate and personal. Arrival, the most recent entry in the “first contact” genre, is a reminder of that. So, though, are many of its predecessors. Below, two Atlantic staffers, senior editor Ross Andersen and staff writer Megan Garber, discuss a small (and, be warned, not at all comprehensive) sampling of those movies.
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