11 July 2017; “Contact” (1997) Throwback

Get ready for today’s…Blast from the Past!

From Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, the director of “Romancing the Stone” (1984), “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988), “Death Becomes Her” (1992), “Forrest Gump” (1994), and most famously, the “Back to the Future” Trilogy (1985 – 1990) along with other greats, comes this charming sci-fi drama…

Young Ellie: “Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?”
Ted Arroway: “I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.”

“Contact” was released on this day July 11th 1997, making the film 20 years old as of today.

Based on Carl Sagan’s book of the same name, the film follows Oscar winner Jodie Foster who plays astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway who finds radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence after many years of searching, due to a childhood love and fascination of faraway lands, and sets out on a mission to make contact, hence the title.

Fun fact; the film was Oscar-nominated for Best Sound.

The film may have a similar premise to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), but can be overlooked as to see what the filmmakers did with this one.

If you are a fan of sci-fi, Zemeckis’ works as well as the actors that also includes Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Oscar nominees James Woods, John Hurt and Angela Bassett, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

It is recommended to also listen to the music score by Oscar nominee, composer, and frequent collaborator of Zemeckis’ films, Alan Silvestri.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design by Intralink Film Graphic Design.