Sundance Film Review: The Visit

Posted January 29, 2015 in
The Visit
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The Visit
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Michael Madsen

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

Screening Times:

Time: Friday, Jan. 30 @ 11:59 p.m. Venue: Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City

Time: Saturday, Jan. 31 @ 11:30 a.m. Venue: Holiday Village Cinema 1, Park City