Sunday, August 12, 2007


Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Cinematography by Don Burgess

"Get ready to take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history."

Contact, based on the novel of the same name by Carl Sagan, is the story of a free thinking radio astronomer (Jodie Foster) who discovers an intelligent signal broadcast from deep space. She and her fellow scientists are able to decipher the Message and discover detailed instructions for building a mysterious Machine. Will the Machine spell the end of our world, or the end of our superstitions? Will we take our place among the races of the Galaxy, or are we just an upstart species with a long way to go?

An absolutely stunning movie, wonderfully, masterfully acted by Jodie Foster. A movie not about shoot'em up Aliens or technology, but about people, ideas, large philosophical questions, human courage, perseverance, love, God, faith, the search for truth, and our possibilities as a species.

Bravo to Jodie Foster!!! I can't imagine a better and more poignant portrayal. If I have one problem with the movie it is at the end where the only evidence of Dr. Arroway's journey offered is 18 hours of static on tape. In the book, the 'punch line' is the startling original concept that the creators of the universe may have hidden evidence of their existence in the far-flung, nether reaches of the number sequences of the fundamental constants of nature -- perhaps a tell-tale sequence beginning in the 3 trillionth digit of 'Pi' for instance.

You should not miss the brilliant first two minutes of the film where the camera zooms from near earth orbit, outward, overtaking man's radio and T.V. transmissions (furnishing a reverse history of human broadcasting) and then on past the Oort cloud, into near stellar space, through the Eagle Nebula, closing to the center of the galaxy and twisting out of the Galactic plane to give a stunning view of the Milky Way, and then on into near galactic space, streaming faster and faster, with countless galaxies rushing by, in the end to emerge from of the human eye of the 8 year old future Dr. Arroway, 'Sparks' as her devoted father nicknames her, as she haltingly, but hopefully searches with her Ham radio for a 'contact' on the night air -- "CQ, this is W9GFO. CQ, this is W9GFO here, come back. CQ, this is W9GFO here, come back. CQ, CQ, this is W9GFO, is anybody out there?" -- and wonders if she might need a bigger antenna.

Can't seem to stop watching this one!!!!!!

1 comment:

Ash said...

I really like this movie. Excellent article!!