Synopsis: How one woman’s search for extra-terrestrial life changes the world when she decodes a signal from deep space.
Based on a Carl Sagan novel, the film Contact was released in 1997, and you need to hang on to that fact.
Behind the scenes, the film was put together by a brilliant team.
Edited by the fantastic Arthur Schmidt, who worked with the awesome cinematography of Don Burgess (a director of photography of brilliant track record), this film makes me feel the same way that Close Encounters of the Third Kind used to make me feel.
The slow but near-perpetual build-up of momentum keeps excitement and pace running in near tandem.
There is not a single dull moment in Contact.
Everything in the film, whether visual or audio, everything in this film exists for a reason.
Contact is the perfect vehicle for Jodie Foster: a sharply-written storyline and a chance to showcase her broad range of ability.
She brings a breathless enthusiasm to the role, and to the film, and she contributes to the qualities that make Contact a stand-out film.
A most likeable second strand in the story is how the discovery of alien life brings in to focus the schism between science and religion, and it neatly points out the fundamental incompatibilities between the two.
If I was handing out stars, Contact would get four out of four, five out of five, six out of six or ten out of ten.
It is a perfect interpretation of a brilliantly-written book, by a high-thinking author.
Contact was released in 1997.
How many other films look this good when they have reached 20 years of age?