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Contact (1997)

Director:
Robert Zemeckis
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Science Fiction
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Kontakt
RUNNING TIME
150 minutes
Producers:
Steve Starkey
Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter:
Michael Goldenberg


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Eleanor Arroway Jodie Foster
Palmer Joss Matthew McConaughey
Dr. David Drumlin Tom Skerritt
Rachel Constantine Angela Bassett
S. R. Hadden John Hurt
Ted Arroway David Morse
Richard Rank Rob Lowe
Kent Clark William Fichtner
Michael Kitz James Woods
Fisher Geoffrey Blake
Young Ellie Jena Malone

 

Review

With its seemingly appealing combination of so-called pensive science-fiction (which may have felt like a welcome contrast to 1996's Independence Day) and philosophical meanderings, Contact had the outlines of a good movie and was hailed by many critics as such. Still, in order to come to that conclusion, you must be willing to overlook the film's outrageously pretentious moral and ethical "discussion", which is hard to swallow, to put it lightly. This is a self-righteous message movie camouflaged as intelligent sci-fi, and despite some interesting ideas and qualities, director Zemeckis ultimately lets both himself, his actors and his viewers down.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 26.1.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 14
.10.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang