I thought I had seen this movie before. As it turns out I was right. However the only part I really remembered was the sphere dropping into the gyrating mechanism below and the heroine meeting with her "father".
What seemed completely new on this viewing was all the debating and politics that occured before the project was allowed to take place.
The other major element that I had forgotten is the funding of the new project by the eccentric millionaire that resulted in the success for the mission.
If you watch this movie, and I recommend you do, listen carefully to the dialogue, especially in the final scene when the reason to continue the research is revealed.
made me think twice about what is real and the facts as we know it
I consider this one of the few best science fiction films, most of which are sensational without much plot and overdone in the special effects department. Contact tells a good story and includes some thoughtful philosophical and social points regarding "first contact". Some nice twists in the plot keep the film going, and a good ending.
Crap Crap Crap Crap. They must have hated Carl Sagan with a passion of such infinite depth to have even begun to have contemplated such a purile abortion of an adaptation. All involved should grovel in shame that they would attempt such a debasement of a great man's vision and beliefs.
Not bad but I have seen better sci-fi movies.
expected a lot more from this than I got. It was okay -ish but I still feel a little ripped off.
Entertaining, but by far not as good as the book. Without the book, the end might seem a bit strange.
Excellent, up there with the best
The female main character in this movie (Jodie Foster) is the female equivalent of Michael J Fox !!!