While Spielberg had admitted that he had become a sceptic of sorts regarding the UFOs, the movie weaves quite a few amazing threads together. One is the religious symbolism. The alien-human communication is through musical notes which are given to people in India.
These notes are gathered by Western scientists from a religious gathering. Human language differences are insisted from the beginning. In Biblical mythology, God created multiplicity of languages to confuse humans from building the tower of Babel.
Now, in a place in the American wild west called ‘Tower of the Devil’, the ‘Mother Ship’ lands and there the human-alien communication through musical notes.
The UFO experience splits families. The wife and children of one of the receivers of the UFO-vision leave him as he is obsessed with the vision. In fact, for this person, the very UFO encounter is made to look like…