Contact is arguably the greatest first contact movie ever made – the argument against being whether Close Encounters of the Third Kind actually is – but it sure is my favorite.
Out of many stunning and, at the time, innovative visuals, there is this one, intimate scene that I love in this phenomenal Robert Zemeckis film.
Did you tremble along with doctor Ellie Arroway in those final moments of approaching the machine’s pod?
In spite all of her determination and courage, there was that moment of fear before stepping into the unknown that Jodie Foster silently and perfectly captured.
Was she in doubt whether the machine will kill her? I think her only doubt was whether she was really willing to take that risk. In order to know.
To finally know.
The already brilliant film was at a crucial point here also – it took us this far and now had to deliver on its promise. Show first contact!
Carl Sagan made science the stuff of awe way before Interstellar and The Martian.