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High expectations leads to big dissapointment!
on October 9, 1999
Before I saw this movie I was excited about the concept. I expected a really good movie from a pretty good cast and director. What I got was another dose of Hollow-wood crap! This movie had such promise and fell way short. The love-story subplot was totally unnecessary and really detracted from the overall story and the ending . . . Well let's just sum it up in one word . . . anticlimactic. The movie tries to build up to big finish and what do we get? These aliens send us this extremely complex cryptic message that tell us how to build a device to travel across the galaxy in an instant and only one person can go. Whatever! Then we finally make first contact it looks like a dead realtive who tells us absolutely squat then sends us home to tell the rest of the world uhhh! Bottom line: If you like typical hollywood formulated movies, with love-story, some cool effects, some obstacles/antagonism to main chracter(s) followed by a "hokey ending", then this movie is for you!