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contact_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
nobly_RB
intentioned_VBN
but_CC
ultimately_RB
unsatisfying_VBG
adaptation_NN
of_IN
carl_NP
sagan_NP
's_POS
only_JJ
novel_NN
._.
it_PP
details_NNS
the_DT
circumstances_NNS
surrounding_VBG
the_DT
first_OD
clear_JJ
sign_NN
of_IN
intelligent_JJ
life_NN
in_IN
outer_JJ
space_NN
and_CC
their_PP$
effects_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
a_DT
young_JJ
and_CC
idealistic_JJ
radio_NN
astronomer_NN
named_VBN
ellie_NP
arroway_NN
(_(
jodie_NP
foster_NP
)_)
._.
we_PP
first_OD
meet_VB
ellie_FW
at_IN
a_DT
giant_NN
radio_NN
telescope_NN
in_IN
puerto_NP
rico_NP
,_,
where_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
seti_NP
(_(
search_NN
for_IN
extraterrestrial_JJ
intelligence_NN
)_)
project_NN
._.
her_PP
research_NN
is_BEZ
quickly_RB
killed_VBN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
by_IN
her_PP$
highly_RB
political_JJ
david_NP
drumlin_NP
(_(
tom_NP
skerrit_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
disdains_VBZ
"_"
pure_JJ
research_NN
"_"
in_IN
favor_NP
of_IN
science_NN
with_IN
"_"
commercial_JJ
applications_NNS
._.
she_PP
goes_VBZ
in_IN
search_NN
of_IN
private_JJ
funding_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
turned_VBN
down_RP
at_IN
every_DT
step_NN
until_CS
she_PP
pitches_NNS
her_PP$
project_NN
to_IN
a_DT
corporation_NN
run_NN
by_IN
the_DT
mysterious_JJ
s_NN
._.
r_NN
._.
hadden_NN
(_(
john_NP
hurt_JJ
)_)
._.
then_RB
,_,
with_IN
that_DT
money_NN
just_RB
about_IN
to_IN
finally_RB
dry_JJ
up_RP
,_,
ellie_NP
is_BEZ
sitting_VBG
out_RP
in_IN
the_DT
desert_NN
near_IN
the_DT
very_RB
large_JJ
array_NN
in_IN
new_JJ
mexico_NP
when_CS
she_PP
hears_VBZ
over_IN
her_PP$
headphones_NNS
a_DT
very_RB
powerful_JJ
pulsing_VBG
radio_NN
signal_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
most_DT
exciting_JJ
and_CC
believable_JJ
sequence_NN
,_,
ellie_NP
and_CC
her_PP$
coworkers_NNS
determine_VB
that_CS
the_DT
signal_NN
has_HVZ
to_TO
be_BE
coming_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
star_NN
vega_???
._.
at_IN
first_OD
the_DT
signal_NN
appears_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
just_JJ
sequences_NNS
of_IN
prime_JJ
numbers_NNS
,_,
then_RB
it_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
tv_NN
signal_NN
of_IN
the_DT
berlin_NP
olympics_NNS
bounced_VBD
back_RP
to_IN
earth_NN
from_IN
50_CD
years_NNS
before_IN
._.
further_VB
decoding_VBG
,_,
with_IN
hadden_NN
's_POS
help_NN
,_,
reveals_VBZ
another_DT
layer_NN
to_IN
message_NN
,_,
containing_VBG
detailed_JJ
plans_NNS
for_IN
a_DT
massive_JJ
and_CC
complex_JJ
machine_NN
._.
it_PP
appears_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
machine_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
transport_NN
that_CS
will_MD
allow_VB
one_CD
person_NN
to_IN
travel_NN
to_IN
the_DT
aliens_NNS
'_"
home_NN
world_NN
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
the_DT
big_JJ
question_NN
becomes_VBZ
"_"
who_NP
gets_VBZ
to_IN
ride_NN
it_PP
?_?
"_"
(_)
right_NN
after_IN
"_"
who_NP
's_POS
gonna_NP
pay_NN
for_IN
this_DT
thing_NN
?_?
"_"
)_)
._.
to_IN
boil_NN
it_PP
down_RP
,_,
ellie_NP
gets_VBZ
denied_VBN
the_DT
seat_NN
in_IN
the_DT
machine_NN
because_CS
she_PP
bluntly_RB
acknowledges_VBZ
her_PP$
atheism_NN
,_,
while_CS
drumlin_NP
gets_VBZ
to_IN
go_NN
because_CS
he_PP
rather_RB
insincerely_RB
professes_NNS
his_PP$
deep_JJ
religious_JJ
faith_NN
._.
drumlin_NP
is_BEZ
killed_VBN
and_CC
the_DT
machine_NN
destroyed_VBN
when_CS
religious_JJ
fanatics_NNS
bomb_NN
the_DT
launch_NN
platform_NN
(_(
apparently_RB
to_IN
keep_NN
"_"
godless_NN
science_NN
"_"
from_IN
talking_VBG
to_IN
god_NN
,_,
or_CC
something_PN
like_IN
that_DT
)_)
._.
then_RB
hadden_NN
reappears_VBZ
with_IN
startling_JJ
news_NN
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
secretly_RB
constructed_VBN
a_DT
second_NN
machine_NN
off_IN
the_DT
coast_NN
of_IN
japan_NP
and_CC
has_HVZ
reserved_VBN
the_DT
ride_NN
for_IN
ellie_NP
,_,
in_IN
whom_WP
he_PP
has_HVZ
taken_VBN
a_DT
rather_RB
paternal_JJ
interest_NN
._.
ellie_NP
boards_NNS
the_DT
machine_NN
and_CC
is_BEZ
transported_VBN
through_IN
some_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
wormhole_NN
to_IN
a_DT
dream-like_JJ
place_NN
that_CS
looks_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
like_IN
waikiki_NP
beach_NN
before_IN
they_PP
built_VBN
the_DT
hotels_NNS
,_,
where_CS
she_PP
meets_VBZ
the_DT
aliens_NNS
who_WP
take_VB
the_DT
form_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
late_JJ
father_NN
(_(
david_NP
morse_NP
)_)
._.
when_CS
she_PP
returns_VBZ
home_RB
,_,
no_DT
one_CD
believes_VBZ
her_PP
._.
she_PP
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
even_RB
gone_VBN
for_IN
one_CD
second_NN
,_,
they_PP
say_VB
,_,
even_RB
though_CS
she_PP
remembers_VBZ
being_NN
gone_VBN
for_IN
18_CD
hours_NNS
._.
her_PP
story_NN
is_BEZ
officially_RB
discredited_JJ
,_,
although_CS
believed_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
large_JJ
segment_NN
of_IN
the_DT
public_JJ
(_(
who_NP
don't_DO
even_JJ
have_HV
to_TO
know_VB
that_DT
her_PP$
computer_NN
records_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
trip_NN
contain_VB
nothing_PN
but_CC
static_JJ
._.
._.
._.
eighteen_CD
hours_NNS
worth_IN
of_IN
static_JJ
)_)
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
lot_NN
to_IN
like_IN
about_IN
contact_NN
so_RB
i_PP
will_MD
highlight_VB
those_DT
points_NNS
first_OD
._.
ellie_NP
arroway_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
well-rounded_JJ
character_NN
portrayed_VBN
by_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
actresses_NNS
currently_RB
working_VBG
._.
neither_RB
the_DT
character_NN
nor_CC
the_DT
performance_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
same_DT
depth_NN
as_IN
clarice_NN
starling_VBG
in_IN
silence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lambs_NNS
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
a_DT
tough_JJ
standard_NN
to_IN
meet_VB
._.
ellie_NP
is_BEZ
interesting_JJ
in_IN
that_DT
she_PP
is_BEZ
woman_NN
defined_VBN
by_IN
a_DT
strange_JJ
array_NN
of_IN
father_NN
figures_NNS
._.
her_PP
real_JJ
father_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
idealized_JJ
movie_NN
dad_NN
who_WP
does_DOZ
nothing_PN
in_CD
the_DT
film_NN
but_CC
love_NN
his_PP$
daughter_NN
unconditionally_RB
._.
drumlin_NP
comes_VBZ
across_IN
as_RB
a_DT
distant_JJ
stepfather_NN
to_IN
whom_WP
ellie_NP
is_BEZ
like_IN
an_DT
irritating_JJ
teenager_NN
who_WP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
use_NN
his_PP$
toys_NNS
to_IN
get_VB
into_IN
trouble_NN
._.
hadden_NN
obviously_RB
has_HVZ
affection_NN
for_IN
ellie_NP
,_,
but_CC
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
he_PP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
see_NN
her_PP
as_CS
his_PP$
creation_NN
,_,
nothing_PN
more_RBR
than_CS
his_PP$
favorite_JJ
piece_NN
on_IN
the_DT
chess_NN
board_NN
._.
even_RB
palmer_NP
joss_???
(_(
matthew_NP
mcconaughey_NP
)_)
,_,
ellie_NP
's_POS
love_NN
interest_NN
,_,
takes_VBZ
a_DT
paternalistic_JJ
interest_NN
in_IN
ellie_NP
,_,
seeing_VBG
her_PP$
as_RB
a_DT
misguided_JJ
person_NN
who_WP
needs_VBZ
protection_NN
from_IN
her_PP$
own_DT
impulses_NNS
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
technically_RB
impressive_JJ
,_,
especially_RB
in_IN
the_DT
scenes_NNS
where_CS
the_DT
message_NN
is_BEZ
first_OD
received_VBN
and_CC
during_IN
the_DT
destruction_NN
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
machine_NN
._.
the_DT
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
dealing_VBG
with_IN
the_DT
message_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
best_JJS
presentation_NN
of_IN
real_JJ
science_NN
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
since_CS
the_DT
andromeda_NP
strain_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
falls_VBZ
apart_RB
when_CS
dealing_VBG
with_IN
its_PP$
central_JJ
theme_NN
,_,
the_DT
dichotomy_NN
between_IN
science_NN
and_CC
religion_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
very_RB
real_JJ
debate_NN
but_CC
contact_NN
boils_VBZ
it_PP
down_RP
to_IN
a_DT
simplistic_JJ
level_NN
that_CS
never_RB
really_RB
touches_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
actual_JJ
issues_NNS
involved_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
presents_NNS
science_NN
pretty_JJ
well_RB
(_(
until_CS
the_DT
end_NN
)_)
so_RB
the_DT
real_JJ
problem_NN
stems_NNS
from_IN
it_PP
presentation_NN
of_IN
religious_JJ
faith_NN
._.
religious_JJ
people_NN
are_BER
presented_VBN
as_IN
shallow_JJ
caricatures_NNS
._.
rob_NP
lowe_NP
plays_VBZ
a_DT
ralph_NP
reed_NP
clone_NN
named_VBN
richard_NP
rank_NN
(_(
very_RB
subtle_JJ
,_,
guys_NNS
)_)
,_,
the_DT
voice_NN
of_IN
the_DT
religious_JJ
right_NN
._.
another_DT
religious_JJ
figure_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
fanatic_NN
who_WP
blows_VBZ
up_RP
the_DT
first_OD
machine_NN
(_(
jake_NP
busey_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
only_JJ
really_RB
fleshed-out_IN
religious_JJ
person_NN
,_,
palmer_NP
joss_???
,_,
is_BEZ
supposed_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
minister_NN
of_IN
some_DT
sort_NN
,_,
but_CC
his_PP$
actual_JJ
faith_NN
is_BEZ
left_VBN
pretty_RB
vague_JJ
._.
i_PP
can't_MD
even_RB
say_VB
for_IN
certain_JJ
that_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
supposed_JJ
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
christian_JJ
._.
all_PDT
we_PP
know_VB
is_BEZ
that_CS
he_PP
dropped_VBD
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
seminary_JJ
and_CC
obviously_RB
has_HVZ
no_DT
qualms_NNS
about_IN
pre-marital_NN
sex_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
drops_NNS
the_DT
science_NN
ball_NN
at_IN
the_DT
very_RB
end_NN
,_,
when_CS
ellie_NP
appears_VBZ
to_IN
assert_VB
that_RB
there_RB
are_BER
some_DT
things_NNS
even_RB
scientists_NNS
must_MD
take_VB
on_IN
faith_NN
._.
in_IN
a_DT
day_NN
and_CC
age_NN
when_CS
the_DT
theory_NN
of_IN
evolution_NN
is_BEZ
denounced_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
religion_NN
right_NN
as_IN
an_DT
atheist_NN
"_"
religious_JJ
"_"
doctrine_NN
,_,
this_DT
is_BEZ
exactly_RB
the_DT
wrong_JJ
message_NN
to_IN
send_VB
._.
in_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
dealing_VBG
with_IN
issues_NNS
of_IN
science_NN
and_CC
faith_NN
,_,
the_DT
last_OD
thing_NN
you_PP
want_VB
your_PP$
scientist_NN
character_NN
to_IN
do_DO
is_BEZ
abandon_VB
the_DT
principle_NN
of_IN
scientific_JJ
skepticism_NN
._.
what_WDT
ellie_NP
should_MD
have_HV
said_VBN
was_BEDZ
,_,
"_"
you_PP
shouldn't_???
believe_VB
me_NN
._.
not_XNOT
without_IN
evidence_NN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
don't_DO
have_HV
the_DT
evidence_NN
._.
i_PP
know_VB
what_WDT
happened_VBD
but_CC
you_PP
shouldn't_???
take_VB
my_PP$
word_NN
alone_RB
._.
"_"
that_CS
is_BEZ
the_DT
voice_NN
of_IN
science_NN
speaking_VBG
._.
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
david_NP
drumlin_NP
is_BEZ
another_DT
problem_NN
with_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
his_PP$
attitudes_NNS
toward_IN
pure_JJ
research_NN
project_NN
seem_VB
out_RP
of_IN
place_NN
for_IN
a_DT
person_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
position_NN
._.
also_RB
,_,
his_PP$
profession_NN
of_IN
"_"
faith_NN
"_"
before_IN
the_DT
selection_NN
committee_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
nakedly_RB
and_CC
transparently_RB
insincere_JJ
that_CS
only_RB
a_DT
pack_NN
of_IN
idiots_NNS
should_MD
have_HV
fallen_VBN
for_IN
it_PP
._.
the_DT
last_OD
big_JJ
problem_NN
is_BEZ
with_IN
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
real_JJ
personalities_NNS
in_IN
various_JJ
roles_NNS
._.
the_DT
media_NN
figures_NNS
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
bernard_NP
shaw_NP
and_CC
jay_NP
leno_???
aren't_BER
so_CS
bad_JJ
,_,
in_IN
as_IN
much_DT
as_IN
their_PP$
participation_NN
was_BEDZ
voluntary_JJ
._.
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
bill_NN
clinton_NP
,_,
however_RB
,_,
should_MD
give_VB
anyone_PN
pause_NN
._.
first_OD
of_IN
all_PDT
,_,
lifting_VBG
the_DT
image_NN
of_IN
a_DT
sitting_NN
head_NN
of_IN
state_NN
and_CC
inserting_VBG
him_PP
into_IN
a_DT
fictional_JJ
story_NN
line_NN
,_,
thus_RB
using_VBG
his_PP$
words_NNS
outside_IN
of_IN
the_DT
context_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
they_PP
were_BED
spoken_VBN
,_,
is_BEZ
just_RB
plain_JJ
creepy_JJ
._.
also_RB
,_,
using_VBG
the_DT
real_JJ
president_NN
places_NNS
this_DT
film_NN
between_IN
2001_CD
and_CC
2001_CD
,_,
forever_RB
dating_VBG
it_PP
._.
people_NN
watching_VBG
this_DT
film_NN
in_IN
the_DT
future_NN
will_MD
say_VB
,_,
"_"
hey_UH
,_,
this_DT
never_RB
took_VBD
place_NN
during_IN
clinton_NP
's_POS
term_NN
._.
"_"
this_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
unreality_NN
will_MD
jar_NN
people_NN
out_RP
of_IN
their_PP$
suspension_NN
of_IN
disbelief_NN
._.
also_RB
,_,
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
technology_NN
portrayed_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
too_RB
advanced_JJ
to_IN
take_VB
place_NN
before_IN
the_DT
first_OD
decade_NN
of_IN
the_DT
next_OD
century_NN
._.
better_RBR
to_IN
have_HV
had_HVD
a_DT
fictitious_JJ
president_NN
played_VBD
by_IN
an_DT
actor_NN
or_CC
no_DT
president_NN
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
the_DT
film_NN
does_DOZ
raise_VB
an_DT
interesting_JJ
question_NN
,_,
although_CS
it_PP
never_RB
develops_VBZ
it_PP
in_IN
a_DT
satisfying_JJ
way_NN
._.
if_CS
we_PP
were_BED
picking_VBG
an_DT
emissary_JJ
to_IN
send_VB
to_IN
an_DT
alien_NN
culture_NN
,_,
would_MD
an_DT
atheist_NN
be_BE
automatically_RB
disqualified_VBN
just_RB
because_CS
ninety_CD
percent_NN
of_IN
the_DT
population_NN
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
professes_NNS
a_DT
belief_NN
in_IN
god_NP
,_,
or_CC
at_IN
least_DT
some_DT
form_NN
of_IN
supernatural_JJ
creator_NN
?_?
personally_RB
,_,
i_PP
would_MD
hope_VB
not_XNOT
,_,
since_CS
religion_NN
is_BEZ
basically_RB
an_DT
opinion_NN
,_,
a_DT
form_NN
of_IN
ideology_NN
._.
i_PP
would_MD
not_XNOT
want_VB
any_DT
form_NN
of_IN
ideological_JJ
test_NN
for_IN
such_DT
an_DT
import_NN
task_NN
._.