Contact

Contact

DVD - 2000
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Astronomer, Ellie Arroway journeys into the stars to the most awesome encounter in human history, but who will believe her? DVD.
Publisher: Pyrmont, N.S.W. : Warner Home Video, c2000.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 144 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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4536o
Aug 16, 2017

This film is far better than the book, with its bulky, 12-member space-exploration crew. Dr. Sagan was a great science popularizer, but not also a great novelist. Some may fidget at the slow pace, but since "2001" this has been a useful film device to symbolize the vast emptiness of space. There is a bit too much of "Dr. Strangelove" in the reactions of the national security people--for one, James Wood comes off as a total jerk (in his case, art imitating life)--but this is more than overcome by the inquisitive young Ellie (Jena Malone) and even more so by persistent mature Ellie (the always-great Jodie).

People who didn't give this movie 5 stars truly did not understand it. This has got to be one of the best sci-fi/mystery/alien/fantasy movies that has come out in a long time. If you dig and love sci-fil this movie is must see! Enjoy

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JackamoJames
May 28, 2017

20 years plus later, this is still a relevant movie. The topic of where did we come from never leaves us, and the thoughts that this film puts in our heads takes no sides, but gives the viewer more than one thing to think about.
I enjoyed this even MORE than when I saw it in the theater..its THAT good.

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

This movie was ok- but it's nothing to write home about.

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CallMe_AKA
Jan 19, 2017

Liked the idea behind the story, but the cringe-worthy love affair between Ellie and Palmer made my skin crawl.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 14, 2017

"In space, no one can hear you yawn."-rejected tagline for "Contact"
I'm a sci-fi fan, but I tend to like my sci-fi more fiction than science. We've seen a lot of more "realistic" sci-fi films in recent years, like "Interstellar," The Martian," "Gravity," and, my favorite of the bunch, "Arrival." "Contact" goes for hard science (It's based on a book by Carl Sagan) and arrives at utter boredom. It's slow, tedious, and way too long. The space segment of the movie is (spoiler alert) about 10 minutes long. Jodie Foster plays a scientist committed to finding signs of intelligent life the universe. Matthew McConaughey is, like, a cool priest or something. I love the below comment: "Finally! a sexy Christian in a movie." Sexy and very unconvincing. The fine, but wasted cast, also features James Woods, Tom Skerritt, Angela Bassett, David Morse, William Fichtner, and, in small roles, Rob Lowe, Jena Malone (as the young Foster), and Jake "son of Gary" Busey. The exploration of faith and science is about the only interesting aspect of this monotonous movie. Directed, with self-importance and lack of subtlety, by Robert Zemeckis. I miss the Zemeckis of "Back to the Future."

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akirakato
Mar 15, 2016

This is a 1997 SF drama directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the 1985 novel by Carl Sagan.
Jodie Foster portrays the film's protagonist, Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway, a SETI scientist who finds strong evidence of extraterrestrial life and is chosen to make first contact.
The visual effects are superb, but the space travel sequences do NOT appear realistic and even look foolish.
Nontheless, the story idea is fascinating and inspirational.

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RobSW
Nov 25, 2015

Below average and boring.

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Mierzwa21
Jun 27, 2015

What I really loved about this movie is the hope that we are not alone i nthe universe. I think this film did a great job of showing that. I maybe a christian, but I like to believe that thwere are other worlds out there thaty we can one day live in and other (more advanced) civilizations out there that we are so eager to meet. Also John Hurt was excellent in this film, for he believed in Jodie Foster character that he funded her research and work, until the day (spoiler alert)... he died. His character not the actor.

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ManMachine
May 17, 2015

For me - Contact was definitely one of those pseudo-renegade, Sci-Fi pictures that, when I carefully weighed it pluses and minuses, got itself split right down the middle, for the most part.

Here are 2 things that lost Contact some very serious points -

(1) Ellie's super-nauseating, on/off relationship with the 2-faced man-of-the-cloth, Palmer Joss (and, yes, that included the whole recycled business of his gift to Ellie of a cheap, toy compass from a box of Cracker Jack).

(2) The images that were used in the film which placed the then-US President, Bill Clinton, right into the story. I can't believe that this would be allowed.

I clearly see these images of Clinton as being something of a conflict of interest, especially since it not only gave me the indication that Clinton was fully endorsing Contact on the side of the Christians, but it got me to wondering whether he might have received monetary payment for permitting his images to be used this way.

On the other hand - Besides Contact delivering some acceptably impressive visual effects and its story holding up fairly well in the intelligence department - I also liked some of the questions that it raised, such as -

(1) Is the world really a better place because of science and technology? (This question, of course, goes double for whether the world is a better place because of religion)

(2) Does science really reveal that "God" never existed? - If the answer to this is "Yes", then, that means that close to 95% of the world's population is made up of people who suffer from a mass delusion.

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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -Franklin D Roosevelt

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“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The word will have a
generation of idiots” ― Albert Einstein

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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Monolith
Mar 12, 2012

Young Ellie: Dad, do you think there's people on other planets? Ted Arroway: I don't know, Sparks. But I guess I'd say... if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space.

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Monolith
Mar 12, 2012

Executive: We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction. Ellie Arroway: Science fiction. Well you're right, it's crazy. In fact, it's even worse than that, nuts. You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an "airplane," you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just step back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.

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Monolith
Mar 12, 2012

S.R. Hadden (to Ellie): They still want an American to go, Doctor. Wanna take a ride?

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Monolith
Mar 12, 2012

Alien (to Ellie): You are an interesting species. An interesting mix. You are capable of such beautiful dreams... and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost... so cut off, so alone... only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable... is each other.

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Monolith
Mar 12, 2012

Michael Kitz: ...why don't you simply withdraw your testimony, and concede that this "journey to the center of the galaxy," in fact, NEVER TOOK PLACE! Ellie Arroway: Because I can't. I... had an experience... I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision... of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are NOT, that none of us are alone! I wish... I... could share that... I wish, that everyone, if only for one... moment, could feel... that awe, and humility, and hope. But... That continues to be my wish.

Sunnchilde Sep 22, 2011

"So what's more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn't exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn't have to feel so small and alone?"

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