A MESSAGE FROM DEEP SPACE. WHO WILL BE THE FIRST TO GO? A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE UNIVERSE.
When Eleanor Arroway (Jodie Foster) suddenly hears a signal coming from the star Vega while working for a program that is exploring extraterrestrial life, the U.S. government quickly takes control of this historic event. Based on astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous book, the film takes a look at the nature of science and faith, often putting them at odds. Interesting and exciting, with eye-popping visual effects and a great Foster performance. Comparisons with 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) are unavoidable, but the story never reaches those profound heights. Excessive use of CNN as everybody’s only news source…
1997-U.S. 150 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Screenplay: James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg. Novel: Carl Sagan. Music: Alan Silvestri. Cast: Jodie Foster (Eleanor Arroway), Matthew McConaughey (Palmer Joss), James Woods (Michael Kitz), John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner… David Morse, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe, Jake Busey, Jena Malone.
Trivia: Peter Jackson contributed visual effects. The script was based on an original film treatment by Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan.