(out of 5)

 plays an earnest scientist who spends her whole life searching for extra-terrestrial life and finds vindication when a message is received from outer space. Naturally, it throws the world into a huge frenzy, and despite the efforts of her pompous superior   and military operations-head , she gets to go on a journey to the heart of the universe and see whether or not she can find the answers she’s looking for. It’s a little bit hokey but it’s also captivating, and the adventure Foster goes through in the last third of the picture is one of the most thrilling sequences in the films of 1997 (not the least because Foster, surrounded by all these new worlds she’s viewing, can act the scene to pieces, which is amazing considering the fact that we know she really sat in front of a blue-screen for two weeks).

Warner Bros., South Side Amusement Company

USA, 1997

Directed by

Story by , , Screenplay by , , based on the novel by Carl Sagan

Cinematography by 

Produced by , Robert Zemeckis

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1997

Golden Globe Awards 1997

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