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when_CS
i_PP
first_OD
heard_VBD
of_IN
contact_NN
,_,
the_DT
hype_NN
was_BEDZ
building_NN
it_PP
up_RP
as_IN
a_DT
sci-fi_???
blockbuster_NN
._.
now_RB
,_,
with_IN
that_DT
in_IN
mind_NN
,_,
coupled_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
knowledge_NN
of_IN
jodie_NP
foster_NP
's_POS
involvement_NN
in_IN
the_DT
project_NN
,_,
i_PP
thought_VBD
"_"
what_WDT
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
is_BEZ
foster_JJ
doing_DOG
in_CD
a_DT
sci-fi_???
blockbuster_NN
?_?
?_?
?_?
"_"
._.
as_CS
it_PP
turned_VBD
out_RP
,_,
my_PP$
expectations_NNS
were_BED
completely_RB
nullified_VBD
and_CC
turned_VBD
topsy-turvy_JJ
._.
robert_NP
zemeckis_NP
,_,
back_NN
from_IN
the_DT
euphoria_NN
created_VBN
by_IN
his_PP$
last_OD
film_NN
,_,
forrest_NP
gump_???
,_,
once_CS
again_RB
proves_VBZ
his_PP$
mastery_NN
in_IN
fusing_VBG
tales_NNS
of_IN
adventure_NN
with_IN
along_IN
the_DT
endearing_JJ
lines_NNS
of_IN
human_JJ
spirit_NN
._.
don't_DO
get_VB
me_PP
wrong_JJ
,_,
contact_NN
is_BEZ
sci-fi_???
?_?
but_CC
with_IN
a_DT
definite_JJ
difference_NN
._.
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
late_JJ
carl_NP
sagan_NP
novel_NN
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
name_NN
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
delves_VBZ
itself_PPX
in_IN
questions_NNS
on_IN
science_NN
and_CC
god_NN
;_;
fact_NN
and_CC
faith_NN
._.
allie_NP
(_(
foster_NP
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
radio_NN
astronomer_NN
._.
she_PP
spends_VBZ
her_PP$
time_NN
listening_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
stars_NNS
,_,
via_IN
ultra-huge_NN
communication_NN
dishes_NNS
in_IN
search_NN
of_IN
intelligent_JJ
life_NN
beyond_IN
the_DT
solar_JJ
system_NN
._.
her_PP
passion_NN
for_IN
`_"
long-distance_JJ
communication_NN
'_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
result_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
younger_JJR
days_NNS
being_NN
spent_VBD
avidly_RB
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
a_DT
ham-radio_NN
system_NN
(_(
a_DT
hobbyist_NN
radio_NN
communication_NN
device_NN
)_)
which_WDT
her_PP
late-father_RB
bought_VBD
for_IN
her_PP$
._.
a_DT
scene_NN
which_WDT
particularly_RB
strengthens_VBZ
the_DT
audiences_NNS
'_"
view_NN
of_IN
the_DT
passion_NN
is_BEZ
when_CS
she_PP
asked_VBD
her_PP$
father_NN
whether_CS
she_PP
could_MD
contact_VB
her_PP$
late-mother_NN
through_IN
the_DT
ham-radio_NN
system_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
her_PP
father_NN
replied_VBD
"_"
not_XNOT
even_RB
the_DT
most_DT
powerful_JJ
radio_NN
in_IN
the_DT
world_NN
can_MD
do_DO
that_CS
,_,
now_RB
"_"
._.
allie_NP
's_POS
research_NN
is_BEZ
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
seti_NP
project_NN
(_(
search_NN
for_IN
extra_JJ
terrestrial_JJ
intelligence_NN
)_)
,_,
in_IN
which_WDT
she_PP
listens_VBZ
to_IN
radio_NN
emissions_NNS
from_IN
other_JJ
galaxies_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
hope_NN
of_IN
finding_VBG
one_CD
which_WDT
would_MD
suggest_VB
intelligent_JJ
manipulation_NN
._.
her_PP
work_VB
has_HVZ
never_RB
been_BEN
off_IN
the_DT
scrutiny_NN
of_IN
the_DT
us_NP
government_NN
,_,
which_WDT
considers_VBZ
it_PP
a_DT
waste_NN
of_IN
taxpayer_NN
's_POS
money_NN
and_CC
politically_RB
unviable_JJ
,_,
her_PP
supervisor_NN
(_)
tom_NP
skerritt_NP
)_)
pulls_VBZ
the_DT
plug_NN
on_IN
seti_NP
._.
undaunted_VBN
,_,
allie_NP
managed_VBD
to_IN
gather_VB
a_NP
loyal_JJ
group_NN
of_IN
`_"
believers_NNS
'_"
and_CC
eventually_RB
found_VBN
funding_NN
from_IN
a_DT
large_JJ
private_JJ
corporation_NN
._.
the_DT
following_JJ
months_NNS
were_BED
treacherous_JJ
to_TO
their_PP$
hopes_NNS
and_CC
research_NN
as_IN
they_PP
are_BER
contantly_RB
pressured_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
government_NN
but_CC
all_PDT
that_DT
changed_VBN
when_CS
one_CD
day_NN
,_,
she_PP
caught_VBD
an_DT
emission_NN
of_IN
a_DT
seemingly_RB
intelligent_JJ
repeating_JJ
sound-wave_NN
._.
the_DT
news_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
find_NN
attracted_VBD
hordes_NNS
of_IN
alien_NN
believers_NNS
,_,
cultist_NN
,_,
the_DT
media_NN
and_CC
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
the_DT
government_NN
._.
the_DT
situation_NN
became_VBD
intense_JJ
upon_IN
her_PP$
discovery_NN
of_IN
pictorial_JJ
plans_NNS
on_IN
building_NN
a_DT
form_NN
of_IN
transport_NN
which_WDT
were_BED
embedded_VBN
within_IN
the_DT
repeating_JJ
sound_NN
emission_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
world_NN
join_VB
forces_NNS
to_IN
build_NN
this_DT
transport_NN
,_,
allie_NP
is_BEZ
desperate_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
the_DT
one_CD
to_IN
go_NN
._.
she_PP
enrols_NNS
herself_PPX
among_IN
a_DT
few_DT
hopefuls_NNS
,_,
to_IN
represent_VB
the_DT
world_NN
when_CS
the_DT
transport_NN
is_BEZ
ready_JJ
for_IN
operation_NN
._.
her_PP
eligibility_NN
for_IN
the_DT
spot_NN
failed_VBD
when_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
questioned_VBN
on_IN
her_PP$
beliefs_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
existence_NN
of_IN
god_NP
by_IN
the_DT
president_NN
's_POS
spiritual_JJ
advisor_NN
(_(
mcconaughey_NP
)_)
;_;
allie_NP
,_,
being_BEG
an_DT
atheist_NN
,_,
a_DT
result_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
belief_NN
in_IN
fact_NN
and_CC
science_NN
,_,
refuses_VBZ
to_IN
budge_VB
upon_IN
questioning_NN
._.
at_IN
this_DT
point_NN
the_DT
movie_NN
plot_NN
thickens_NNS
considerably_RB
as_IN
she_PP
is_BEZ
romantically_RB
involved_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
president_NN
's_POS
spiritual_JJ
advisor_NN
._.
a_DT
strong_JJ
point_NN
which_WDT
propelled_VBN
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
depth_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
main_JJ
characters_NNS
played_VBD
by_IN
foster_JJ
and_CC
mcconaughey_NP
._.
from_IN
the_DT
very_RB
first_OD
meeting_NN
scene_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
obvious_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
two_CD
of_IN
them_PP
was_BEDZ
sort_NN
of_IN
kindred_NN
spirits_NNS
but_CC
they_PP
were_BED
worlds_NNS
apart_RB
in_IN
almost_RB
all_PDT
aspects_NNS
,_,
foster_JJ
being_NN
a_DT
person_NN
drawn_VBN
to_IN
science_NN
and_CC
facts_NNS
and_CC
mcconaughey_NP
being_BEG
one_CD
who_NP
believes_VBZ
in_IN
faith_NN
,_,
hope_NN
and_CC
the_DT
power_NN
of_IN
the_DT
unseen_JJ
._.
the_DT
meeting_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
worlds_NNS
,_,
added_VBD
with_IN
the_DT
situation_NN
which_WDT
they_PP
are_BER
put_VBN
into_IN
makes_VBZ
the_DT
entire_JJ
storytelling_NN
process_NN
near_IN
flawless_JJ
._.
many_DT
people_NN
who_WP
read_VBD
the_DT
synopsis_NN
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
would_MD
find_VB
it_PP
a_DT
tad_NN
too_RB
ridiculous_JJ
,_,
but_CC
by_IN
actually_RB
immersing_VBG
yourself_PPX
in_IN
it_PP
,_,
gives_VBZ
you_PP
an_DT
entirely_RB
different_JJ
perspective_NN
;_;
one_CD
which_WDT
is_BEZ
free_JJ
from_IN
bias_NN
and_CC
pre-conceptions_NNS
._.
zemeckis_NNS
and_CC
his_PP$
team_NN
of_IN
screen_NN
writers_NNS
have_HV
done_DON
a_DT
remarkable_JJ
job_NN
in_IN
telling_VBG
this_DT
tale_NN
through_IN
film_NN
._.
contact_NN
works_NN
by_IN
not_XNOT
delving_VBG
in_IN
controversy_NN
but_CC
rather_RB
,_,
touches_NNS
the_DT
thinking_NN
audience_NN
,_,
urging_VBG
them_PP
to_IN
ponder_VB
upon_IN
the_DT
questions_NNS
raised_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
concerning_IN
fact_NN
and_CC
faith_NN
;_;
whether_CS
one_CD
can_NN
actually_RB
find_VB
compromise_NN
within_IN
._.
i_PP
consider_VB
contact_NN
as_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
must-sees_NNS
for_IN
this_DT
year_NN
._.