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contact_NN
(_(
pg_NP
)_)
there_RB
's_POS
a_DT
moment_NN
late_JJ
in_IN
robert_NP
zemeckis_NP
's_POS
contact_NN
where_CS
i_PP
was_BEDZ
reminded_VBN
of_IN
why_WRB
i_PP
started_VBD
writing_NN
movie_NN
reviews_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
place_NN
._.
we_PP
see_VB
a_DT
scientist_NN
,_,
dressed_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
silvery_JJ
space_NN
suit_NN
,_,
walking_VBG
tentatively_RB
across_IN
a_DT
narrow_JJ
walkway_NN
leading_JJ
inside_IN
a_DT
compact_JJ
,_,
spherical_JJ
space_NN
pod_NN
,_,
unaware_JJ
of_IN
what_WDT
awaits_VBZ
when_CS
the_DT
ball_NN
literally_RB
drops_VBZ
._.
anticipation_NN
,_,
excitement_NN
,_,
anxiety_NN
,_,
fear--the_NP
audience_NN
experiences_NNS
it_PP
all_PDT
the_DT
emotional_JJ
tension_NN
right_NN
with_IN
the_DT
character_NN
,_,
nervously_RB
,_,
breathlessly_RB
eager_JJ
to_IN
see_NN
what_WDT
lies_VBZ
ahead_RB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
this_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
discovery_NN
,_,
the_DT
anticipation_NN
of_IN
which_WDT
and_VB
its_PP$
accompanying_JJ
exhilaration_NN
,_,
that_CS
makes_VBZ
this_DT
adaptation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
carl_NP
sagan_NN
novel_NN
such_DT
magical_JJ
,_,
captivating_JJ
entertainment_NN
._.
jodie_NP
foster_NP
stars_NNS
as_IN
dr_NN
._.
ellie_NP
arroway_NN
,_,
a_DT
brilliant_JJ
astronomer_NN
who_WP
dedicates_VBZ
her_PP$
entire_JJ
life_NN
to_IN
searching_NN
outer_JJ
space_NN
for_IN
extraterrestrial_JJ
radio_NN
signals_NNS
._.
and_CC
i_PP
mean_VB
life--after_NN
losing_VBG
her_PP$
entire_JJ
family_NN
when_CS
she_PP
was_BEDZ
young_JJ
,_,
the_DT
only_JJ
thing_NN
occupying_VBG
ellie_NP
's_POS
world_NN
is_BEZ
this_DT
quest_NN
to_IN
discover_VB
life_NN
beyond_IN
this_DT
earth_NN
._.
after_IN
dealing_VBG
with_IN
much_DT
skepticism_NN
on_IN
the_DT
part_NN
of_IN
government_NN
officials_NNS
and_CC
wealthy_JJ
financiers_NNS
,_,
ellie_NP
receives_VBZ
her_PP$
vindication_NN
when_CS
she_PP
stumbles_VBZ
upon_IN
an_DT
incoming_JJ
radio_NN
transmission_NN
from_IN
the_DT
distant_JJ
star_NN
vega_???
,_,
which_WDT
includes_VBZ
instructions_NNS
on_IN
building_NN
an_DT
interstellar_JJ
transport_NN
._.
from_IN
this_DT
synopsis_NN
,_,
contact_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
sound_VB
too_RB
different_JJ
to_IN
most_DT
films_NNS
about_IN
alien_NN
contact_NN
,_,
but_CC
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
whole_JJ
lot_NN
more_DT
to_IN
this_DT
intelligent_JJ
film_NN
than_CS
the_DT
sci-fi_???
hook_NN
._.
the_DT
alien_NN
contact_NN
angle_NN
generates_VBZ
a_DT
great_JJ
amount_NN
of_IN
suspense_NN
and_CC
awe_NN
,_,
but_CC
perhaps_RB
more_DT
than_CS
anything_PN
else_RB
,_,
contact_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
character_NN
study_NN
of_IN
ellie_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
obsession_NN
with_IN
empirical_JJ
,_,
scientific_JJ
evidence_NN
has_HVZ
erased_VBN
all_PDT
belief_NN
in_IN
a_DT
higher_JJR
power_NN
._.
the_DT
irony_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
,_,
while_CS
admitting_VBG
to_IN
having_HVG
no_DT
religious_JJ
faith_NN
,_,
she_PP
holds_VBZ
onto_IN
her_PP$
belief_NN
in_IN
extraterrestrial_JJ
life_NN
with_IN
such_DT
passion_NN
and_CC
conviction_NN
that_CS
it_PP
becomes_VBZ
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
sense_NN
,_,
a_DT
religion_NN
in_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
right_NN
._.
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
easy_JJ
for_IN
scripters_NNS
james_NP
v_NN
._.
hart_NP
and_CC
michael_NP
goldenberg_NP
,_,
in_IN
trying_VBG
to_IN
paint_NN
a_DT
positive_JJ
image_NN
of_IN
the_DT
heroine_NN
,_,
to_IN
champion_NN
her_PP
scientific_JJ
beliefs_NNS
over_IN
religious_JJ
ones_NNS
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
wisely_RB
eschew_NN
easy_JJ
answers_NNS
,_,
giving_VBG
equal_JJ
time_NN
to_IN
both_PDT
sides_NNS
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
so_RB
doing_DOG
depict_VB
ellie_FW
as_IN
not_XNOT
completely_RB
sane_JJ
._.
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
there_EX
is_BEZ
no_DT
right_JJ
or_CC
wrong_JJ
,_,
nor_CC
is_BEZ
there_RB
one_CD
side_NN
that_CS
comes_VBZ
off_IN
more_DT
positive_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
,_,
even_RB
slightly_RB
so--there_RB
are_BER
just_RB
two_CD
very_RB
viable_JJ
points_NNS
of_IN
view_NN
,_,
each_DT
with_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
merits_NNS
,_,
each_DT
with_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
faults_NNS
._.
the_DT
complex_JJ
role_NN
of_IN
ellie_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
actress_NN
's_POS
dream_NN
,_,
and_CC
foster_JJ
,_,
a_DT
virtual_JJ
shoo-in_???
for_CS
yet_RB
another_DT
best_JJS
actress_NN
oscar_NP
nomination_NN
next_OD
year_NN
,_,
more_DT
than_CS
rises_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
challenge_NN
._.
she_PP
conveys_VBZ
intelligence_NN
,_,
determination_NN
,_,
warmth_NN
,_,
and_CC
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
gutsy_JJ
move_NN
,_,
always_RB
on_IN
edge_NN
._.
we_PP
root_NN
for_IN
ellie_NP
and_CC
feel_VB
for_IN
her_PP$
,_,
but_CC
we_PP
also_RB
feel_VB
at_IN
times_NNS
that_CS
she_PP
goes_VBZ
too_RB
far_RB
._.
contact_NN
is_BEZ
clearly_RB
foster_JJ
's_BEZ
vehicle_NN
,_,
but_CC
others_NNS
are_BER
given_VBN
their_PP$
chance_NN
to_IN
shine_NN
in_IN
smaller_JJR
roles_NNS
._.
matthew_NP
mcconaughey_NP
,_,
who_WP
receives_VBZ
outrageously_RB
high_JJ
billing_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
smallish_JJ
role_NN
,_,
holds_VBZ
his_PP$
own_DT
as_CS
the_DT
religious_JJ
counterpoint_NN
to_IN
ellie_NP
,_,
spiritual_JJ
scholar_NN
and_CC
government_NN
adviser_NN
palmer_NP
joss_???
(_(
however_RB
,_,
his_PP$
main_JJ
storyline_JJ
,_,
the_DT
tentative_JJ
palmer-ellie_NP
romance_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
weakest_JJS
subplot_NN
)_)
._.
john_NP
hurt_VBD
is_BEZ
effectively_RB
creepy_JJ
as_CS
s_NN
._.
r_NN
._.
hadden_NN
,_,
the_DT
wealthy_JJ
eccentric_JJ
who_NP
provides_VBZ
ellie_NP
with_IN
her_PP$
research_NN
funding_NN
._.
angela_NP
bassett_NP
continues_VBZ
to_IN
impress_VB
in_IN
her_PP$
bit_NN
role_NN
as_IN
white_JJ
house_NN
aide_NN
rachel_NP
constantine_NP
._.
most_DT
memorable_JJ
of_IN
all_PDT
,_,
though_CS
,_,
are_BER
tom_NP
skerritt_NP
and_CC
james_NP
woods_NP
,_,
who_WP
play_VB
rival_JJ
scientist_NN
dr_NN
._.
david_NP
drumlin_NP
and_CC
national_JJ
security_NN
adviser_NN
michael_NP
litz_???
,_,
respectively_RB
;_;
both_RB
,_,
especially_RB
skerritt_NP
,_,
embody_VB
these_DT
asshole_NN
characters_NNS
that_CS
the_DT
audience_NN
hissed_VBD
just_RB
about_IN
every_DT
single_JJ
one_CD
of_IN
their_PP$
appearances_NNS
._.
zemeckis_NNS
comes_VBZ
off_IN
of_IN
his_PP$
three-year_JJ
break_NN
in_IN
top_NN
shape_NN
._.
always_RB
known_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
director_NN
of_IN
effects-laden_NN
extravaganzas_NNS
,_,
it_PP
comes_VBZ
as_CS
no_DT
surprise_NN
that_CS
contact_NN
's_BEZ
visual_JJ
effects_NNS
are_BER
quite_RB
stunning_JJ
._.
the_DT
central_JJ
space_NN
journey_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
little_JJ
reminiscent_JJ
of_IN
the_DT
close_JJ
of_IN
2001_CD
:_:
a_DT
space_NN
odyssey_NN
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
more_DT
advanced_JJ
technology_NN
at_IN
his_PP$
disposal_NN
,_,
zemeckis_NP
's_POS
voyage_NN
is_BEZ
even_RB
trippier_RBR
than_CS
stanley_NP
kubrick_NP
's_POS
yet_RB
more_DT
wondrously_RB
pure_JJ
._.
and_CC
zemeckis_NP
doesn't_DOZ
resist_VB
the_DT
urge_NN
to_IN
use_NN
the_DT
always-interesting_NN
incorporate-actors-into-existing-film-footage_NN
effect_NN
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
every_DT
bit_NN
as_IN
seamless_NN
here_RB
as_IN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
in_IN
forrest_NP
gump_???
._.
effects_NNS
,_,
however_RB
,_,
are_BER
confined_VBN
to_IN
only_RB
a_DT
few_DT
scenes_NNS
and_CC
clearly_RB
take_VB
a_DT
back_NN
seat_NN
to_IN
the_DT
drama_NN
,_,
emotion_NN
,_,
and_CC
pure_JJ
wonder_NN
,_,
which_WDT
zemeckis_NP
proved_VBD
to_IN
be_BE
quite_RB
adept_JJ
at_IN
in_IN
gump_???
._.
it_PP
says_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
that_CS
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
summer_NN
science_NN
fiction_NN
film_NN
such_DT
as_CS
this_DT
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
so_RB
much_DT
the_DT
effects_NNS
that_CS
stay_VB
with_IN
you_PP
as_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
drama_NN
and_CC
the_DT
issues_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
raised_VBN
._.
the_DT
thought-provoking_NN
,_,
two-hour-plus_NN
contact_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
much-welcome_NN
change_NN
of_IN
pace_NN
from_IN
summer_NN
no-brainers_NNS
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
smart_JJ
film_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
mean_VB
that_CS
it_PP
also_RB
isn't_BEZ
entertaining_JJ
._.
for_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
interesting_JJ
questions_NNS
it_PP
asks_VBZ
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
still_RB
what_WDT
it_PP
's_BEZ
being_BEG
sold_VBN
as--_???
"_"
a_NN
journey_NN
to_IN
the_DT
heart_NN
of_IN
the_DT
universe_NN
._.
"_"
and_CC
what_WDT
a_DT
fascinating_JJ
,_,
unforgettable_JJ
journey_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
._.