|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jodie Fos, Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt, Larry King, Rob Lowe, Tom Skerritt, Geoffrey Blake, Angela Bassett, William Fichtner, Jena Malone, Thomas Garner, Michael Chaban, Sami Chester, Conroy Chino, Dan Gifford|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||2 hours 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Sep 1998|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
Most helpful review
I Agree - some spoilers belowBy TubThumper from Vega , 02 Jun 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Chances are that if you are here, you have already have seen this film. If you have, it is definitely worth revisiting, and if you haven't where have you been?
Works on many levels, as a great drama and as a thought prevoking take on faith in our lives.
For me, who as a teenager read the Carl Sagan book I was very pleased with how well it was handled. From the script through to the casting and on to the performances - superb. If there is a better cast in a movie I havent seen. Foster, McConaughay and Skerritt are the leads I suppose but it is the glue of John Hurt, Davis Morse and James Woods that hold it together for me.
Stand out moments for me are the opening galactic pullback, Little Ellies slo mo run up to the bathroom to get daddies medecine (how did they do the mirror reflexion?), the steadicam jodie foster chase into the lab which finishes with an antenna aligning and of course her ironic opening gasp of awe at the wonder of it all, 'Oh God'.
Rent it and watch it in the light of the world we now live in, rather than those simpler times of the late 90s.
How we could use a little bit of Contact now.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (39) Yes |
- No (7)
Were the script as good as the visuals this would have been a great film: sadly it doesn't even come close.By Filmjunkie1971 (2 reviews) , 03 Nov 2013A great-looking film with good performances all round, but this should have been a lot better.
For one thing it's about half-an-hour too long and for another, casting just about anybody other than James Woods as the National Security advisor would have been a good idea (a James Woods character might just as well have 'I'm up to something underhanded' tattooed on his forehead).
The biggest problem is that the script becomes hopelessly bogged down in a debate about religious faith and how it would be affected by alien contact; things slow down so much that the film threatens to grind to a halt.
Oh yes; without going into any detail, a scene towards the end involving reclusive billionaire S,R, Hadden (John Hurt) requires that disbelief be not so much suspended as hung, drawn and quartered.
Overall, worth a look, but not something to be thought about too hard.
Contact ReviewBy Craig373 (2 reviews) , 18 Oct 2013It is a good film. I have seen it three times, so that's my index of a good film. Great film from start to finish
Worst Jodie film ever?By a customer , 05 Oct 2013This has to be lamest Jodie vehicle ever... The film's too long by about 1 hour and this dedication to Carl Sagan in the end titles is a step too far! Probably the worst 'sci-fi' drama I've ever had the misfortune to watch. Compare this to some of the greats like 'Prometheus' or 'First Contact' - absolutely no contest...sorry but this film is a t**d,,
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (0) Yes |
- No (4)
Pleasant Thoughtful Movie - Its not ET Mk2 :)By Zydor (268 reviews) from Headley Down , 03 Oct 2013Don't try and find the 'Whichness of the Why', and dissolve into some deep mysticism over this one. Its a gentle, pleasant Movie that doesn't aim to change the Universe .... its just a Movie. A good one, nut its a movie .... lets not sink into deep thoughts blah blah. The central character was very nicely played, and I can easily imagine such reactions from ambitious Authorities and individuals. I good movie, definitely worth a watch that leaves you thinking .... I Wonder .... :)
A Diamond Of CinematographyBy a customer , 02 Oct 2013This film has fully caught my attention from start to end. Amazing camera work, superb story and fantastic acting make this movie a diamond of cinematography.