DVD - 1997
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
After an astronomer discovers communication emanating from the star Vega, she leads an international team in deciphering it, and travels through space to contact the senders of the message.


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Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway receives an encrypted message, apparently from a solar system many light-years away.

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Sep 21, 2014
  • frishta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Finally! a sexy Christian in a movie. Movie should have been cheesy, but found it very touching. I've watched this movie several times and am always entertained.

Jun 21, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

May 29, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I don't wish to categorize CONTACT as science fiction as there's a great deal of reality in it. There are human interests and emotions: fear, bravery, faith. This film is about science and the great ambiguous world beyond us. It's about astronomy and aliens, yes, but fantasy it is not. I can only imagine CONTACT was a hard sell to studio execs. It's engaging, but not necessarily entertaining in the conventional sense. There is little room for humour in this lengthy serious drama. Jodie Foster carries the film well, relying on no one to react off of to improve her performance, just as her stoic character Ellie Arroway is determined to find life on other planets, regardless of economic, professional, or personal costs. Infusing the film with the religious element that, if ignored, would lessen the realism of this ambitious film is Matthew McConaughey as the scholar with a Master's in divinity. CONTACT is daring in its endeavours and, with all its conditions and restrictions on tech and attitudes of the era, I feel it accomplished well what it set out to do. I probably won't watch it again, but I'm glad I did just this once.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this movie imaginative and uplifting. Jodie Foster delivers an exceptional performance, (as usual). John Hurt was delightfully ghoulish as the eccentric billionaire. Unfortunately, I felt that creepy skirt chasing 'Reverend' Matthew McConaughey (and his 'Cracker Jack') was miscast, and his constant 'pop-up' appearances took points away from the film. ...And on a panel to select someone for an ultra important space exploration mission?!? C'mon will ya... But I guess they had to give her some kind of love interest. (They could've also given her a HELMET in a spaceship that cost half a trillion dollars for crying out loud! ...then again there goes the hallucination theory...). Anyways, all things considered, a good flick.

Nov 15, 2012
  • viguyy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fantastic layered picture with grand ideas and scope. A masterfully crafted tail of faith, science and big ideas. Loved this film.

Oct 03, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie is based on a novel by Carl Sagan, a scientist and a writer that I have a lot of respect for. As a film 'Contact' has good intentions but is slow and drawn out. It delivers if you are a hardcore sci-fi film fan. By comparison, 2001 is a far more superiod film in my opinion. Worth a look if you have the time, though.

Apr 11, 2012
  • biblioholic rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love this movie, and I need to watch it several times a year, but honestly, parts of it are just plain cheesy, almost unbearably so. If you're reading reviews of it, I encourage you to watch it. You just may find a gem that will stay with you for the rest of your life, as it has for mine.

Apr 02, 2012
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Here's something strange. After watching this movie i felt good. As if this film touched something inside me. Coming from a gentleman that enjoys sound and visual effects when watching a movie, and it had both, is unusual. I felt as if this movie had a deeper meaning than just being a science fiction story. NAH!!!!! It's a very good film to watch on your HOMETHEATER. I will admit the story is very good and the characters are all interesting. The visual and audio effects of the area where the 2nd "Space Vessel" or "Craft" is held looks and sounds amazing. I love the sounds of the huge rings spining around the " Vessel" as our main character is about to board it. As much as i liked the sound i enjoyed the story equally. I give this movie 5 stars!!! For a very good story, good acting, good characters, and good sound. Large Breaded Shrimps with plenty of tarter sauce,lettuce,tomatoes,and pineapple soda.

Oct 31, 2011

Excellent movie with women's rights overtones. See Jodie succeed in spite of male privilege in science.

Oct 21, 2011
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Average movie, kind of entertaining, kind of slow.

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Jun 21, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -Franklin D Roosevelt

Jun 21, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The word will have a
generation of idiots” ― Albert Einstein

Jun 21, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Michael Kitz: ...why don't you simply withdraw your testimony, and concede that this "journey to the center of the galaxy," in fact, NEVER TOOK PLACE! Ellie Arroway: Because I can't. I... had an experience... I can't prove it, I can't even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real! I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever... A vision... of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how... rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, that we are NOT, that none of us are alone! I wish... I... could share that... I wish, that everyone, if only for one... moment, could feel... that awe, and humility, and hope. But... That continues to be my wish.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Executive: We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction. Ellie Arroway: Science fiction. Well you're right, it's crazy. In fact, it's even worse than that, nuts. You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an "airplane," you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just step back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Young Ellie: Dad, do you think there's people on other planets? Ted Arroway: I don't know, Sparks. But I guess I'd say... if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Alien (to Ellie): You are an interesting species. An interesting mix. You are capable of such beautiful dreams... and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost... so cut off, so alone... only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable... is each other.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

S.R. Hadden (to Ellie): They still want an American to go, Doctor. Wanna take a ride?

Sep 22, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"So what's more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn't exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn't have to feel so small and alone?"


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