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The opening and closing moments of Robert (Forrest Gump) Zemeckis's Contact astonish viewers with the sort of breathtaking conceptual imagery one hardly ever sees in movies these day--each is an expression of the heroine's lifelong quest (both spiritual and scientific) to explore the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life. The movie begins by soaring far out into space, then returns dizzyingly to earth until all the stars in the heavens condense into the sparkle in one little girl's eye. It ends with that same girl as an adult (Jodie Foster)--her search having taken her to places beyond her imagination--turning her gaze inward and seeing the universe in a handful of sand. Contact traces the journey between those two visual epiphanies. Based on Carl Sagan's novel, Contact is exceptionally thoughtful and provocative for a big-budget Hollywood science fiction picture, with elements that recall everything from 2001 to The Right Stuff. Foster's solid performance (and some really incredible alien hardware) keep viewers interested, even when the story skips and meanders, or when the halo around the golden locks of rising-star-of-a-different-kind Matthew McConaughey (as the pure-Hollywood-hokum love interest) reaches Milky Way-level wattage. Ambitious, ambiguous, pretentious, unpredictable--Contact is all of these things and more. Much of it remains open to speculation and interpretation, but whatever conclusions one eventually draws, Contact deserves recognition as a rare piece of big-budget studio filmmaking on a personal scale. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is both a thoughtful and evocative movie that postulates what would happen if aliens try to contact us. How would we respond? Read morePublished 17 months ago by M Sockel
any interest in radio astronomy? This movie is for you.. a lot of great background at the VLA .
The story gets a little metaphysical whacko at the end but otherwise pretty... Read more
A definite must for any space/ sci-fi fans out there. Always a fun thing to think about - contact with extra terrestrials. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kevin Sanders
Here we try to answer the age-old question: are there civilisations on other planets? This one tries to tell us that there is but how to reach them still is left unanswered. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2013 by Clarence Huibers
I have seen the movie may times and love it very much.
Presently, I am "stocking up" for my retirement (in about 1 1/2 years from now). Read more
Simply one of the best movies in my collection. An all-star cast anchor this layered story about contact with aliens, science, friendship, love and most of all faith. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2011 by Mark