Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt
Robert Zemeckis (Director), James V. Hart (Screenplay), Michael Goldenberg (Screenplay), Carl Sagan (Story)
Release: Jul. 11th, 1997
Runtime: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.
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I would have loved to get a little more in depth with a religious character who was really sorting through how alien life impacts their faith, though I realize the film was already pretty full as is.
Throughout the film we never actually bear witness to any aliens, well apart from one who takes on human form, and while it may disappoint some sci-fi fans I actually find it quite fitting as this is not so much a film about alien lifeforms as it is about humanity.