Synopsis: Obsessed female scientist (Jodie Foster) searches for intelligent life in the heavens and doesn’t find much of it on Earth.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “A message from deep space. Who will be the first to go? A journey to the heart of the universe.”
What Did I Learn?: Wealthy foundations love to give money to scientists who appear to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy watching Jodie Foster struggle to maintain her composure as she interacts with various lunatics and as one short-sighted fool after another attempts to either defund, or assume authority over her project.
Really?: I had a little trouble believing that Foster’s character, who specializes in tracking deep-space waves (keep in mind that scientists tend to specialize into fairly specific niches) would have a whole lot to do with either decoding the alien message or building the mysterious machine, but she’s everywhere.
Rating: Contact is slow-moving, and Foster has ZERO on-screen chemistry with Matthew McConaughey as a religious dude who’s sceptical of technology. Still, it’s an intelligent sci-fi flick that tackles some heavy ideas. (Interestingly, the ‘villain’ figure switches mid-way from Tom Skerritt to yes – this blog’s favourite unlikeable guy, James Woods). 7/10 stars.