What really impressed me is despite the fact that it looked really dated (by its CG and the actors' clothes/hair and whatnot), the reactions of the different types of characters to the presence of an alien signal getting in contact with humanity was surprisingly realistic. From the sleazy politicians only wanting to capitalize on it for their own gain to the military people assuming the worst case scenario to the public taking different stances based on their personal beliefs and religions, it all felt to me like what might actually happen if a scenario like this ever arose. Does that mean it's ALL realistic? No. It takes considerable liberties with certain things and 1 or 2 of the performances felt a little overdone, but overall it's a sci-fi movie with a shockingly real world slant (at least until the end).
I feel like I should really dislike this movie, as certain core elements to it are things that normally would turn me off to watching it, but in the end I thought it was a really great movie. Borderline fantastic actually, despite how dated it may look today. If you're a fan of sci-fi and have the patience to stick with its slow pacing, this is definitely one to check out.
It explores some pretty big topics such as Science and Religion.
Jodie Foster is fantastic as a doctor who works for STE searching for extraterrestrial life or signals of.
One night she recieves a signal in a pretty intense scene.
From there the movie builds a mystery at just what the signal is, where it came from, and how it should be handled.
The tension is great, and the results are even better.
You are always wondering throughout the movie what is going to happen.
It's very unpredictable.
Foster and McConaughey are awesome and
I thought the message in the final payoff, while encourages you to think, is gratifying.
Negatives: Religion and the lack of answers at the end.
An acceptable sci-fi film that just took forever to lift off.