“Contact” is not a bad film, but I can’t say it’s all that good either. You’ve got some great moments and an intriguing, haunting last act, but most of the movie isn’t very exceptional. It’s well directed by Robert Zemeckis, though, and Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey are good enough. The actor that most impressed me, though, is Jake Busey, who plays a terrorist. But… the first act of the film is… not boring, but not exciting either. The movie follows the rules of moviemaking too closely. It’s often predictable. It’s like always set-up, pay-off, set-up, pay-off… Well, some twists did surprise me, but I’m talking of the general picture.
Another “downer” is that this film has many similarities with other recent sci-fi movies such as “The Arrival” and “Stargate”, so it’s like been there, done that. Things pick up a little in the second and third act: I won’t give away everything, but I’ll just say that there’s a lot of cool references, visual touches, awesome FX and more. Finally, what I mean is that I admired what the film was trying to do, but I found the result rather uneven.