3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good film marred by juvenile argument,
This review is from: Contact (Special Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
I had fond memories of seeing this film years ago when it first came out, but I guess I have matured a lot in the intervening time. My most recent viewing left me with a slightly bad taste in my mouth.
Taken as a whole, the film isn't too bad. It might be slow going in parts, but it progresses at an acceptable pace, and is especially interesting from the point of the machines construction. The special effects are pretty good given that it is 10 years old now, and I thought the alien contact scene was fairly well done. It alluded to advanced beings, yet the brief dialogue and nature of the meeting left a lot of possibilities open.
My main problem with this film is how it structured the conflict between religion and science. While the main protagonists play their parts to a fairly high standard; for seemingly intelligent people, their arguments were juvenile to say the least. A first year university student would be able to spot and name the fallacies which make an appearance as 'legitimate' argument in the scenes between Palmer Joss and Ellie Arroway. This has the effect of lowering the intelligence of the film.
So while I enjoyed the film, I feel the poor thought and weak argument given to the central theme pulled the film down as a whole, although even this area of weakness couldn't take away from the final 10-20 minutes.