Contact (1997)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jodie Foster Ellie Arroway
Matthew McConaughey Palmer Joss
James Woods Michael Kitz
John Hurt S.R. Hadden
Tom Skerritt David Drumlin
William Fichtner Kent
David Morse Ted Arroway
Angela Bassett Rachel Constantine
Geoffrey Blake Fisher
Maximillian Martini Willie
Rob Lowe
Jena Malone
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Sci-Fi
Director Robert Zemeckis
Studio Warner Bros.; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 2 hr 33 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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 filmmaking on a personal scale. --Jim Emerson
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 874
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/18/03
Purchase Price $7.50
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 007
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
2.35:1
Layers Single side, dual layer
UPC 085391504122
Chapters 43
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen