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"We are not alone..." Two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster and Hollywood's brightest new star, Matthew McConaughey, shine in this spellbinding drama of a dedicated astronomer's quest to make first Contact. Despite scorn from her colleagues, "Ellie" Arroway devoutly eavesdrops on the universe. And then, one fateful morning, she hears a cryptic signal. As the world's scientists scramble to decode "the message," Ellie must struggle to become Earth's single emissary on a journey beyond theory or experience. Seeking support, she turns top-level government advisor, Palmer Joss . Separated by very different beliefs, they reunite in their passion for knowledge and truth. From Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan's best-seller comes the story of a visionary scientist's unshakable conviction that somewhere in this boundless universe an intelligence yearns for Contact.]]>
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Jodie Foster and Jena Malone make Ellie a fully realized, three dimensional character with texture and depth. Matthew McConnaughey delivers the first taste of what he is capable of as a serious actor (what we will later see proof of in A Time To Kill and True Detective). David Morse and William Hurt play, by turns, Ellie's iconic father and father figures without which she would never have had the strength to see things through. William Fichtner leads a cast of wonderful irregulars as Ellie's colleagues and compatriots.
What this movie offers from it's first shot - one of my favorite in ALL of film - is a sense of scale and beauty.
Scale by means of the sheer immensity of creation.
Beauty in the way that all that creation is filled from the macroscopic to the microscopic.
As a young boy, this movie helped me see what kind of a father I would want some day to be. It gave me the phrase often repeated to my own children - "Small moves, Ellie. Small moves." Mr. Sagan and Mr. Zemeckis both grasp the essence of wonder native to the human spirit and weave the fabric of a film that, decades later, still maintains a timeless elegance and essential dignity.
Shooting at Arecibo in Puerto Rico and the Very Large Area in New Mexico lend the film scope and grandeur no soundstage or green screen ever could.
Ellie has become a role model. Life is hard. It takes will and a willingness to meet it both rigidly and openly. The trick is knowing the difference.
William Hurt as Hadden has been a role model of a different type. A reminder not to think flexibly without compromising one's core self, to forge new paths past impossibility, and never accept a thing just because others think it so - things like endings. The importance of playing on one's own terms.
Three generations have been effected by this film in my household. I trust that will extend over time.
That said, it's a very friendly, relaxed, approachable, light sci-fi film. Very kid/family friendly. Well acted, James Woods killing it as a shady government type. Scenic footage is phenomenal and appropriately gives the film a very large feel.
Somewhere, someone is, like Jodie Foster's character in the beginning, probably still pitching a sequel. Maybe its time has come :)
So for the people calling this an attack on faith please try and remember certain tenants of your respective faiths. Everyone is different. A movie is an opportunity to flex your empathetic muscle and walk in someone else's shoes. If you were on the same journey as I was then you must have felt a little excitement in Elle's discovery of belief! Or maybe you are not as tolerant to the beliefs of others as you would have the congregation believe every Sunday.