Contact 1997

Based on Carl Sagan's novel about the earth's first encounter with extra-terrestrials after an astronomer detects intelligent radio signals from deep outer space.


The exciting adventure of the day we make contact with life beyond Earth comes to the screen with a profound sense of wonder and a dazzling visual sweep that extends to the outer reaches of space and the imagination. Jodie Foster is astronomer Ellie Arroway, a woman of science. Matthew McConaughey is religious scholar Palmer Joss, a man of faith. They're opposite ends of a spectrum - and sudden players on the world stage as the countdown to humanity's greatest journey begins. Powerfully, thrillingly and emotionally, Contact connects.

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  • Watch this just for the scene on the 'beach' (

  • Like most Zemeckis films, you have to wonder why he bothers with characterisation when it is so cartoonish. This was a watchable sci-fi with rather naive/schematic ideas about characterisation, science, religion, business, government, and human beings really. It is a kind of an uncomfortable cross between a real dumb planet invasion sci fi like Independence Day and something more complex. In doing so it kind of fails to be neither.

  • This science fiction movie keeps you in its grip. Good acting and spectacular production.

  • 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

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