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Contact [Blu-ray] af Jodie Foster

Contact [Blu-ray] (original 1997; udgave 2009)

af Jodie Foster (Actor)

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Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway receives an encrypted message, apparently from a solar system many light-years away.
Titel:Contact [Blu-ray]
Forfattere:Jodie Foster (Actor)
Info:Warner Home Video (2009)

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Contact [1997 film] af Robert Zemeckis (Director) (1997)


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Ellie Harroway, scienziata, risponde a segnali che provengono da Vega e decide di recarsi nello spazio per entrare in contatto diretto con gli extraterrestri. Il suo problema sarà quello di conciliare la propria razionalità con le attese messianiche di massa. Zemeckis torna su temi a lui congeniali utilizzando tecnologie sempre più avanzate (nel film compare anche un Clinton digitalizzato). Il problema è però quello di una sceneggiatura fragile e un po' troppo "americana" che si fa sostenere da un'interprete in stato di grazia. La Foster sa ormai conciliare alla perfezione il proprio interesse per la regia con una capacità di recitazione sempre più "raffinata". (fonte: Mymovies)
  MemorialeSardoShoah | Mar 29, 2020 |
Contact (1997)

Jodie Foster – Ellie Arroway

Matthew McConaughey – Palmer Joss
John Hurt – S. R. Hadden
James Woods – Michael Kitz
Tom Skerritt – David Drumlin
William Fichtner – Kent
Angela Bassett – Rachel Constantine
David Morse – Ted Arroway
Jena Malone – Young Ellie
Jake Busey – Joseph

Screenplay by James V. Hart and Michael Goldenberg, based on the novel (1985) by Carl Sagan
Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Warner Home Video, 1998. Special Edition. Colour. 144 min. 2.35:1 picture. 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Audio commentaries by Jodie Foster, Robert Zemeckis and Ken Ralston.


Ellie, still waiting for E.T. to call?

This movie is many good things without being any of the bad things they usually turn into. It is a fairy tale, but it’s not fantasy. It is solid science fiction, but it doesn’t lose the human touch. It deals with the eternal conflict of science and religion, reason and intuition, evidence and faith, call it you what you will, but it’s not overly preachy either way. It is a romance, but it’s not some sentimental dreck. It captures to perfection the excitement of a momentous scientific discovery together with the power politics and the mass hysteria which inevitably surround it, yet it’s a perfectly crafted story with nothing superfluous. It is a most impressive spectacle, yet it’s so much more than mere spectacle. Make no mistake, this is no Independence Day (1996).

The common accusation “great ideas but dull characters” levelled against the so-called “hard science fiction” (whatever that means) does not apply here. These characters are simple but not simplistic, well-written in the first place and beautifully acted to the last cameo.

Jodie Foster gives a stellar performance as Ellie Arroway, smart and stubborn, the quintessential scientist, yet a vulnerable human being in more personal waters and a powerless puppet in the fetid swamp of politics. The movie belongs to Ellie, and Jodie makes every second worthwhile. Apart from the acting tour de force, Ellie is an inspiring character. All she asks from us, as she says in her spirited fundraising speech at Hadden Industries, is to have just “the tiniest bit of vision”. Now that’s something worth having. Remember that the science fiction of yesterday is the history of tomorrow.

Lots of wonderful work in the supporting roles. Matthew McConaughey leaves nothing to be desired as “a man of the cloth, without the cloth”. He gets the balance just right. Palmer Joss is a devout man, but not a fanatic. He is secure in his faith. He doesn’t have to inflict it on you in order to convince himself. Tom Skerritt as one of those relentless social climbers we love to hate, James Woods as the perfect emanation of the retarded military mentality, William Fichtner as the blind genius with sharp ears, Jake Busey (Gary Busey’s son) as a very different man of the cloth than Palmer Joss, and the late great William Hurt as one of those creepy guys he was a master of are all superb.

The ending has come in for a good deal of criticism. Many people have denounced it as too contrived and unrealistic. They have a point. They also miss the point. Several points, in fact. The obvious point is to teach Ellie the importance of personal experience as opposed to verifiable evidence. Of course it is contrived and unrealistic. All fairy tales are. They are didactic by nature. Nor is the lesson unworthy of some reflection, even by scientists. St Augustine was right for all the wrong reasons that belief must predate understanding. Ellie believed in “little green men” long before she met them, didn’t she?

On the other hand, the ending is more realistic than it seems, at least from an alien point of view. These aliens are no gods, but, from a human point of view, they are certainly godlike. They’ve been around the universe for quite some time. They know a thing or two about space travel. All too human loneliness has made them search the void for other races. In short, they are not unlike the Firstborn from Arthur Clarke’s Odyssey saga. In one of his most stirring essays, “Science and Spirituality”, Arthur explains what the movie means by “small steps” when it comes to the first contact between civilisations on vastly different levels of development:

It is a strange thought that purely scientific technologies will eventually put us into direct contact with beings with most of the attributes our religions have given to the gods. The contact will be overwhelming; it may be devastating, inducing a kind of inferiority complex that may lead to loss of the will to live – as has happened many times on this planet in the past. Perhaps our eventual fate may resemble that of intelligent gorillas, doomed to look out with dimly comprehending eyes from the bars of our planetary zoo, at a universe largely beyond our understanding.

The same essay anticipates also the last words of Palmer Joss. The search for truth, Arthur says, is at once the goal of science and “the most noble, the most disinterested, the most spiritual” of all human activities. People of faith and science are bound by different covenants, Palmer says, but their goal is the same: the pursuit of truth. This is a counsel of perfection. Quite a few scientists and even more devotees pursue all sorts of things except the truth. But that’s no excuse to follow their example.

Last but not least, Robert Zemeckis deserves only praise for his direction. I am no fan of the idiotic theory (apparently French in origin) which considers a movie the director’s sole creation. This is not true even when the director happens to be the sole screenwriter as well. I guess the theory is gratefully adopted by many people because it gives them an easy target to blame or praise. But it’s a fact impossible to dispute that no director can make a great movie out of poor script; no cast either, for that matter. Anyway, Zemeckis provides here a masterful example of dynamic but unobtrusive direction. Subtle camera movement and effective point of view make you privy to the story and the characters without shoving them into your face. Great direction, like great writing style or great piano technique, is the one you notice the least.

Twenty-two years later, Contact remains, for me, pretty much the perfect science-fiction movie. It might in time follow Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T. (1982), both of which I loved as a kid, neither of which I can even endure, much less enjoy, now. (What do you know, I loved even Stars Wars as a kid!) But Contact remains moving, powerful, thought-provoking and far shorter than a movie nearly two and a half hours long has a right to be. ( )
2 stem Waldstein | Nov 1, 2019 |
One of the best scifi movies that had the science right and molded it into a thrilling story full of twist and turns. I just can't get around the ridiculous politics of the ending, hence a star deduction. ( )
  WolfORourc | Jun 6, 2019 |
I have to admit that this was written better than I had anticipated. From a literary perspective, the author did a good job of building characters in a way that sucked me into the story. The plot was interesting and the scientific detail (when I understood it) was enjoyable.

I don't know why I don't rate this book higher but it might have something to do with the ending. It wasn't terrible but it was anti-climatic. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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  WilliamHartPhD | Aug 3, 2010 |
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