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As the story begins, Joey is a lonely nine-year-old whose beloved father has just died.
One night, while mourning the loss of his father, Joey is surprised when his many toys and games begin to move around his room.
This is how Joey's adventure begins.
The devastating death of his father has also somehow awakened in Joey a strange power that allows him to communicate with and sometimes even control the forces and energies of an unseen world.
Suddenly, incredible events begin to unfold that defy conventional explanation.
A simple toy robot seems to come to life, and only Joey can understand the machine's chirps and whistles. It tells him that its name is Charlie.
As an old toy telephone begins to ring in Joey's room, phones all across his beach community ring as well. In answering that call, Joey hears a voice that claims to be his deceased father contacting him from beyond the grave.
Joey's world becomes one of magic and wonder, and he is so overwhelmed by it all that he is eager and willing to believe the voice is who he thinks it is without much thought on the matter.
But Joey's surprise and joy over his newfound abilities eventually give way to fear, doubt and even outright terror.
His loving mother first thinks his abilities, especially his telekinesis (the power to move objects without touching them), are only possible as the results of some schoolyard tricks.
Most of the other children at school refuse to believe in his abilties, either, or that he is the intended recipient of the strange phone calls that have plagued the community.Read more ›
An entertaining, dark and cool supernatural horror fantasy from Germany and director Roland Emmerich who gave us "Stargate", "The Patriot", "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tommorow". It's labeled as a kid's movie but it's kind of dark and scary for small children, i remembered when i was young back in the 80's watching this on video it scared the hell out of me especially with that dummy and the second movie to cause my fear of dummies when i was young besides "Magic". The special effects are very good for it's time considering this is a foreign movie, there's also a bittersweet ending to this movie and if you want a movie to scare your kids then this could be it, and the music score on both versions are very good as well.Read more ›
The film is underrated for specific reasons. It tries to be more of a fantasy of the genre that deals with near-death or after-death experiences (Heaven Can Wait, The Dust Factory, etc.) than just a horror film, but this makes the plot seem uneven. Some scenes seem like deliberate imitations of Spielberg and other horror films. However, some clever and stirring moments shine through, particularly the ending. Other horror movies with child protagonists include Thirteen Ghosts, The Lady In White, and Sixth Sense. In terms of special effects alone, Making Contact has more to offer that these; but the others are scarier and more enjoyable to adults.
I recommend this film more to fans of films like Dragonfly and Just Like Heavan than people who want to be seriously frightened.
Joey is a 9-year-old boy who just lost his father. However, he is still in contact with daddy over a toy telephone. Along with this new phenomenon, Joey has also acquired strange powers of telekinesis, and it's rather unclear why, but all the toys in his room have a tendency to come to life (not just with movement, but literally "alive"). Talking to his dead father on a toy telephone makes Joey a target of the local school bullies, a gang of kids who are looking more for a play war against easy odds than to bully him in a really hardcore way. His one friend throughout is a cute little blonde girl fascinated by Joey's ability to wiggle her pigtails with his mind. Joey's strange new life is also causing stress on his widowed mother, and things only become worse when Joey's house-call making teacher gets a bunch of scientists involved. They transform his home into a full-on laboratory. The biggest problem Joey has though, is a mysterious living ventriloquist's dummy he finds that seems to be inhabited by something evil. The dummy doesn't want Joey speaking to his dead father anymore.
And, that's as brief as I could keep that synopsis. As you can see, there is a lot going on in "Making Contact", AKA "Joey", a film that mostly had me thinking, "What the heck is going on? And why?!!" I still am not sure. For the most part though, and I know my friend who loves this movie really doesn't like it when people say this, but... I feel one-hundred-percent that this movie was an attempt to combine E.T. and Poltergeist. And, that's it. It seems exactly that, to me.Read more ›
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