Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway (David Morse), who died when she was nine-years-old, leaving her 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 (N.S.F.) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her N.S.F. superior David Drumlin (Tom Skerritt), 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 ...Written by
The opening of the movie is one long take, with the camera showing Earth, moving back away to show Mars, the rest of the planets, the solar system, the Milky Way, galaxies, super galaxies, and finally the entire universe, closing it with a head-shot of young Ellie. The same idea was used in Men In Black (1997), but the scene is changed to stop in the Milky Way, depicting it as a little marble of a gigantic alien being. In 2004, The Simpsons (1989) paid tribute to this scene repeating it in the Couch Gag, in The Simpsons: The Ziff Who Came to Dinner (2004). In it, after showing the entire universe, galaxies were turned in atoms, DNA chains, and cells, with the camera finally exiting from Homer's head. See more »
At various points, Ellie and her colleagues use professional audio equipment that has no relation to what they're doing. After Drummond's funeral, Ellie increases the audio volume of the still-running signal by rotating the encoder knob of an Eventide DSP4000 Ultra-Harmonizer. The knob doesn't provide that function in that application. The machine is placed on stack of two different kinds of multitrack recorders (two from Alesis, two from Tascam) that also don't serve any purpose aside from displaying identical rows of level indicators of the same signal. See more »
So many movies out there are pure drivel. They use sex, or shock, or sex to sell two hours of something that in no way contributes to our existence; be it inspiration, knowledge or spiritual awakening.
Contact is an exceptional example of a movie that DESERVES to exist. From the spectactular beginning shot that shows us just how small we are in a world that once thought the universe was made for, and around, mankind; to its realistic conclusion that any X-Phile would expect to happen: this movie appeals to our humanity, intelligence and sense of adventure.
One of the greatest realisations that the movie will guide you to is that what we search for in outer space is actually in our own backyards. We are cut off from each other and sci-fi tries to quell our loneliness with ideas that we'll meet E.T. and wont feel so lonely in our existence. But were AREN'T alone... we have each other.
I never get tired of watching this movie, though I wish they brought out a packed special edition DVD full of behind the scene effects and the like.
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