Sitting on my balcony in the London sunshine, I had no expectations as I began watching Third Contact. Immediately, I knew I was at risk of getting sunburnt as the solemn tone and black and white picture captured my attention for the next 90 mins.
The opening scene is set in a psychiatrist’s office, with Carl, who suffers from depression. It is in this scene that the concept of quantum suicide is introduced. A concept which, if I’m honest, confused and disturbed me a little throughout. The thought that life can carry on within a parallel life after you choose to leave this one is one which has never been introduced to me before.
The feel of Third Contact is one of a classic film with a delicate but moving soundtrack, dark lighting and dramatic silences which can’t help but add to the tension and desperate emotion of the film. The intimate and not so perfect camera work help to create a very raw and disturbingly real atmosphere which will have the most cynical viewer gripped.
Following the suicides of two of his patients, Dr David Wright (Tim Scott-Walker) investigates the strange circumstances behind his patients’ decisions. On doing so, our confused and depressed psychiatrist discovers an underground organisation ‘Destinations’ which invites individuals to choose to end their current lives for the promise of a better, brighter parallel life. Once confused and somewhat offended by the quantum suicide concept, Dr Wright soon considers his own past and indeed his potential future.
Through Third Contact, Simon Horrocks has created the kind of film which I can only dream of making in the future and has set the standard for low-budget mess-with-your-mind productions.