Contact

RATED-(PG)-150-MIN-1997

 

From time to time, revisiting a film that you liked, but didn't love, is a good thing. Given the renaissance of Matthew Mcconaughey this past year, I went back and watched Robert Zemeckis's: (Contact) again. I love (Jodi Foster) and she is again a joy to watch in this film, playing a determined and brilliant SETI astronomer Ellie Arroway, who spends her time listening into space via radio telescopes for a signal from another intelligent life form in the galaxy.

Since an early age, she has looked to the stars; particularly after her loving father, who raised her alone after her mom died, also passes away. She now needs answers about the wonder of what is out there. Her pompous boss: David Drumlin (Tom Skerritt),is not so supportive of her.  Mcconaughey plays (Palmer Joss), an author who believes deeply in God, who Ellie meets in the jungle of Arecibo where she and her fellow scientists, working with the ever important funding, search for the elusive ET. Ellie and Palmer meet at a local bar, exchange some history and then end up having a quick affair. They are both intrigued by each other, but she is of science and answers, and he is of faith and theology. When the funding is cut off for her research by Drumlin, her team solicits outside support, where an eccentric dying millionaire; S.R. Hadden (John Hurt), decides to fund them.

When a universal mathematic pattern of prime numbers is recorded by Ellie and her team, the government and the spotlight seeking Drumlin close in and take over. The video feed sent back from us sends the government into panic. When another signal is discovered with blueprints to build a machine apparently to send a human to wherever the aliens are, the movie ramps ups to convey the fascination of this discovery by the public, the fear of fundamentalist, and the need for governments to hide the truth. Mcconaughey is good here, but the real star is Foster and the wonder that Zemeckis presents in this monumental discovery. Huge credit goes to Author and Scientist: Carl Sagan, who wrote the book on which the movie is based.

When I first saw Contact, I saw the wheels of filmmaking moving and I was a bit put off and distracted. I must say that after watching this several times more, I listened a bit better and discovered a rather intelligent and thought provoking film that I now truly do like quite a bit. This is a very good film. This movie asks a big question: who are we in the grand scope of the universe? The fact that it tries to even answer that, you have to give credit to.The opening of this film where it zooms out from earth into the great beyond, is still a joy to watch.

You Should See This Movie.

Watch the trailer:http://youtu.be/D7tGBg38rzc