CONTACT is decent science fiction. I just happened to know this movie is based on the works of Carl Sagan. No wonder each science mumbo-jumbo in here looks believeable & reasonable. Director Robert Zemeckis is able to combine human drama and science in this movie and make it an entertaining, yet thrilling movie about extra-terrestrial life out there. Jodie Foster & Matthew McConaughey succeed to make a good chemistry
Science fiction that feels believable and has excellent acting. A great document on how science, beliefs and statements go on a collision course against each other. Beautifully designed and realized even if the revelation and it's heavy feel of sentimentalism can turn off some viewers.
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.