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Science vs. Religion. The existence of aliens (or the more PC term: intelligent extra-terrestrial life). These are the issues addressed in the new movie inspired by the late astronomist Carl Sagan. It is these issues which really make the movie. When you leave the theater, you will have much to talk about with your friend(s).
Director Robert Zemekis did well in Forrest Gump mixing real-life footage of such people as Presidents with movie footage of characters supposedly interacting with them. He repeats this process here in Contact; however, this humoristic trick was not in tune with the theme and emotional impact that these scenes should have had and, as a result, detached the audience emotionally at the most inopportune of times.
Fortunately, the rest of the special effects were marvelously done. From the opening scene, where we are sent flying backward away from our Earth and our Galaxy, to Dr. Eleanor Arroway's (Jodie Foster's) journey to Vega, the scenes are breathtaking and exciting.
Unfortunately, if you are thinking of seeing this movie because you like Jodie Foster and/or Matthew McConaughey, you are in for a dissappointment. Foster does well by herself, but when these two get together, the supposed passion that lies underneath is as invisible as Carbon Monoxide. And as for Matthew McConaughey, let me just say that I am sorry to have seen him like this. His performance here was nothing like it was in A Time to Kill. Some of the blame may be placed on the character itself, who was as unlikely as the main theme of the movie. His character, Palmer Joss, was riddled with impossibilities: a 28-year-old spiritual leader of the nation and advisor to President Clinton who has sex with an unbeliever on the first date. (Maybe the latter note had something to do with his being appointed advisor to President Clinton? Just a thought, and just a joke.)
thumbs up!This movie is worth seeing if only because it gets you to think.

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