Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, ... Written by
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Films are rarely as good as the book but there are exceptions to the rule
This remains true for this very good adaptation of the classic book by
Carl Sagan. Sagans' idea was to make science and the elite
commandeering of information available to the majority, he wrote his
books for a wide audience and I think the film shows this as was
intended by its author.
The Film is roughly about Dr Arroway, Ellie, and how she handles being
alone in a world without family or close friends. It is metaphorically
able to make us all think about how isolated we as a race, and as
people can feel.
Ellie, a brilliant young scientist working on the mistrusted SETI
program discovers a message sent to earth from distant star system
Vega. On its discovery Ellie must battle with the Military, Pentagon,
and Male Dominated scientific world to keep her cards on the table and
her discovery that of her team. Ellie is constantly kept in the game by
he benefactor, a rich technological industrialist mogul who has a
vested interest in her participation of the programme to reach this
I don't wish to go on any further and spoil this movie as I rate it as
a fantastic exploration of Science Vs Religion and the entire
subsequent human spectrum in between. As a film there were several
alterations from the book that I felt could have been included, for
example not just one traveler but a range of them, philosophers,
theologists, scientists, poets and Dr Arroway.
I have watched this film a number of times and still find it a joy to
watch the fifth, eighth and tenth time. Jody foster playing a not so
dissimilar to her role in Silence of the lambs (attractive, clever,
young, successful woman battling in a male world) is exceptional and
delivers feeling and intellect alongside an impressive script.
I would give this film an 8.5 and recommend it to anybody, but if you
are a sci-fi fan and haven't seen this film then you're in for a treat.
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