Contact aims to be a film of ideas but serves too many of them half-baked. show more
Contact, directed by Robert Zemeckis, may be too long, too self-important and too "Gump"-like to be completely satisfying. But it contains elements that are so striking they pretty much redeem the film. show more
Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else. show more
June 13, 2010 Joseph J Kusnell
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A grossely obvious presentation of one side of a real debate about manned space exploration. Transparent and over-acted. The question of manned deep space exploration is a real one: are we wasting money or not? Will man ever leave the solar sysem and to what avail? The closest starts to us are maybe 22-24 light years away. That's over 100 trillion miles. That's the closest. Everything else is further. It is not a question of whether there are intelligent beings in outer space, I would bet my life on it. Maybe a million of them. Maybe a billion. But so what? If we can't get there and they can't get here, there's no point in wasting the money on MANNED exploration. Use probes, use radio-telescopes, any device you want but leave man at home in hjis solar system. The movie is silly and dramatic and nonsensical. Einstein says we can't travel faster than light speed. Okay let's dothat first. Let's first move a particel faster than light without destroying its physical properties. IF we can do that, and we haven't to date, then move on to increasingly larger bodies. When we find we can do that with a mass, come back and we will rethink our position. For now, man is not going into deep space. Ever. The distances are simply too great no matter what contrivance we come up (i.e. putting astronauts into a 50-100 year deep sleep). No, space in meant to be insular and it is and until someone proves it isn't,l we are stuck with it. Everything has limits and so does man.