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Story

The opening and closing moments of Robert (Forrest Gump) Zemeckis's Contact astonish viewers with the sort of breathtaking conceptual imagery one hardly ever sees in movies these day--each is an expression of the heroine's lifelong quest (both spiritual and scientific) to explore the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life. The movie begins by soaring far out into space, then returns dizzyingly to earth until all the stars in the heavens condense into the sparkle in one little girl's eye. It ends with that same girl as an adult (Jodie Foster)--her search having taken her to places beyond her imagination--turning her gaze inward and seeing the universe in a handful of sand. Contact traces the journey between those two visual epiphanies. Based on Carl Sagan's novel, Contact is exceptionally thoughtful and provocative for a big-budget Hollywood science fiction picture, with elements that recall everything from 2001 to The Right Stuff. Foster's solid performance (and some really incredible alien hardware) keep viewers interested, even when the story skips and meanders, or when the halo around the golden locks of rising-star-of-a-different-kind Matthew McConaughey (as the pure-Hollywood-hokum love interest) reaches Milky Way-level wattage. Ambitious, ambiguous, pretentious, unpredictable--Contact is all of these things and more. Much of it remains open to speculation and interpretation, but whatever conclusions one eventually draws, Contact deserves recognition as a rare piece of big-budget studio filmmaking on a personal scale. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Commentary by actress Jodie Foster, director Robert Zemeckis and producer Steve Starkey
  • Computer animation concepts and tests
  • Special effects designs

Cast

Jena MaloneYoung Ellie
David MorseTed Arroway
Jodie FosterEleanor Arroway
Geoffrey BlakeFisher
William FichtnerKent
Matthew McConaugheyPalmer Joss
Tom SkerrittDavid Drumlin
Larry KingHimself
James WoodsMichael Kitz
Angela BassettRachel Constantine
Geraldo RiveraHimself
Jay LenoHimself
Rob LoweRichard Rank
Jake BuseyJoseph
John HurtS.R. Hadden

Just decided to start playing this again, after an hour or so of half-assed playing I beat the first island! Contact DS
  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 150 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 6, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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