I'd never heard of this movie from 1997. I was a secret Dr Who fan in the 70's (I wasn't allowed to watch it). You may not agree with me (i.e. the link with Dr Who), but this movie took me back to those heady days of forbidden possibilities of time and space!
Ellie (Jodie Foster) does a sterling job, in my opinion, of convincing us that probing outer space for signs of life is well and truly worth doing. Though it took quite a while. The movie drags a bit for me initially, and I was thinking, yeah-nah... not really sure looking for extraterrestrial life is worth devoting your own life to. But as the story unfolded I was in very deep. I believed Ellie's reasons, and I got Palmer's (Matthew McConaughey) angle on the world very well too.
There are some very cool moments and memorable quotes for me in this flick...
Ellie: "It's some celestial event... no words... they should've sent a poet, it's so beautiful, I had no idea..."
Ellie: "Is this some test?"
Father: "No, no tests"
"You are capable of such beautiful dreams... and such horrible nightmares"
The final scenes are huge for me... questioning 'reality' vs "self reinforcing delusions"
I give this one a 9.5 (I always did mark high as a teacher - but I don't think you'll be disappointed with this one if you've ever asked yourself "is there something beyond?")
Back to the earth plain - loved the olive green jacket towards the end
Duck navigates the 'worm hole'
PS. This cinematography really did grab me http://petapixel.com/2012/05/28/a-mind-blowing-impossible-shot-from-the-movie-contact/ it's great as a viewer and from a technical perspective (again Duck advises if you haven't seen this movie, don't watch any of the clips. Duck hates the possibility of messing with your first view...).