Directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in it’s home country of the USA in 1997.
The following review does contain spoilers.
So I just spent the last week absolutely devoted to Carl Sagan’s mini-series Cosmos. To say the least, it made me more intrigued by science than I ever have been before – and I’m sure that goes for most anyone who watches it. So on the basis of that, I figured after I’d finished the series I’d watch this, a film based on Sagan’s only novel in amongst an array of scientific books. Much to my celebration, I was not disappointed whatsoever.
I knew that being such an intelligent man, Carl Sagan would not hesitate to present an intellectually objective film and he did precisely that. Everything in this film is presented incredibly impartially especially considering Sagan’s own scepticism – from the test launch being interrupted by a suicide bomber, to Congress not believing a word the protagonist says aswell as holding back vital information that would lead to widespread awareness of the facts.
With this film, Carl Sagan created one of the most intelligent films about extra-terrestrial life I am sure has ever been made and ever will be made. I am now making it my top priority to delve deeper into Sagan’s works, especially the book that this film was based on.