Although I did not identify with some (or most) of the film's ideals, I appreciated the existential and cosmological approach of the story and I can admit that it was extremely well crafted and one of the most entertaining and emotional sci-fi films I've seen.
Contact is a genre masterpiece, an exception to the rule of all emotional-sic-fi-dramas, even an exception to most blockbusters. Sure, it's predictable around some corners, it's a bit heavy handed from time to time, but it's violently gripping, from the masterful opening shot- coming off of dead silent title screen, an abrasive mix of music and radio stations layered over each other as the camera pans out from...↓
The opening shot is a wondrous feat in editing and storytelling. Acting is average but story, soundtrack, imagery, and pacing is well above average for the genre. The space travel scene is transcendent and doesn't let down a sometimes sluggish movie that is leading up to that particular moment.
Carl Sagan really mobilized a great deal of human's hope to encounter intelligent alien life. I loved all the speculation about how it would go, what we would do about it, how it could change our perspectives about old philosophical matters. Nice paced and well constructed narrative to meet the expectations of those who have dreamed about this moment since childhood. The perfect tale for space lovers like myself.
Like little Ellie Arroway, my Dad introduced me to the philosophical questions that astrophysics presents, and handed me Sagan's book. The story changed my life and this is a great rendering, with a strong AND emotional woman driving events. It's funny in retrospect to see McConaughey as a passenger in a story which lends so much content to Interstellar and explores science vs. faith without dystopia being thrown in.
Back in 1997, we were still believing in making contact with the other world and not many has talked much about this today than we used to. Here Zemeckis creates a remarkable odyssey about Foster finding that truth out there. The visual effects are incredible, so is the cast & its cinematography. The film's opening scene is spectacular to watch it shows us the universe & beyond million light years away.
In its time it played out as one of many mid-90s mid-budget studio sci-fis - at most, a slick passion project. Today, with interstellar (yes) hindsight, it reveals itself as a storytelling classic from an underrated storyteller, with a career-best performance from Jodie Foster, and an admirably ambiguous message. Thoughtful, sentimental, and eminently rewatchable: TDMELTA.