{4.5/5} “My hope is that we can find a common ground, break through any obstacles that may have kept us apart.”

Contact, released in 1997

Ellie Arroway is a SETI researcher — she listens for signals from space using a series of giant telescopes. One day she hears a pattern — and it’s determined that it’s coming from the system called Vega. She’s thrust into the spotlight and she and her colleagues find a 10 000 page message in the signal. When it’s decoded, it’s revealed to be plans for a ship and Ellie wants to be the one to go.

It’s about scientific inquiry and exploration, and how politics and religion interact with those things. It’s about how the ambition of people with power corrupts procedures.

It’s still great. My only complaint is that the ending isn’t as strong as it could have been.

Based on the novel by Carl Sagan (Cosmos).

Stars Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, and Tom Skerritt. Also stars David Morse and Jena Malone.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Welcome to Marwen). The beautiful music is by Alan Silvestri.

This is probably the 3rd time I’ve seen it.

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