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 film making on a personal scale. --Jim Emerson
DVD Special Features
Language in Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English/Arabic/English for the hearing impaired
Two-time Oscar® winner Jodie Foster stars in this visionary drama basedon Carl Sagans novel about humankinds first encounter with extra terrestial life, directed by another Oscar® winner, Robert Zemeckis.
From the Back Cover
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 McConnaughey 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.
DVD Warner Bros., 7321900150415, 1997 Region 2 PAL Special Edition