Published September 4, 2010


Film info

  • Title Contact
  • Director Robert Zemeckis
  • Year 1997
  • Run time 2hrs 29m
  • Genres Mystery, Science Fiction, Drama
  • Tagline If it's just us, it seems like an awful waste of space

The exciting adventure of the day we make contact with life beyond Earth comes to the screen with a profound sense of wonder and a dazzling visual sweep that extends to the outer reaches of space and the imagination. Jodie Foster is astronomer Ellie Arroway, a woman of science. Matthew McConnaughey is religious scholar Palmer Joss, a man of faith. They're opposite ends of a spectrum - and sudden players on the world stage as the countdown to humanity's greatest journey begins. Powerfully, thrillingly and emotionally, Contact connects.

Live Blog

Time Comment
1:20 We’ve already gone past the moon and several planets. Beaten Apollo already.
2:36 Fabulous graphics.
3:49 Do we know that is what space looks like so far out or are they supposing?
5:53 Saturn is like hula hoops? Yum!
6:31 She’s annoying. Smart, good at science and can draw. Grr.
7:59 We’re gonna need a bigger antennae… that’s not quite so catchy.
11:58 Oooh, Matthew McConahoodle! He better take his top off.
16:13 I wouldn’t go around telling people I was a priest either.
18:27 She doesn’t hang around. Nor him. But yay for taking his shirt off so soon.
22:57 That was weird. She was running and then she was in the mirror.
23:49 LOST definitely stole this whole scene. A funeral, a child sitting on the front steps, needing a bit of a pep talk from a friendly stranger.
27:13 She needs some better glasses.
34:03 Four years is a long time to go without McConaughey. She should have taken his number.
35:10 The inside of a pumpkin is gross.
36:55 It’s a bit of a coincidence they decided to make contact five minutes before her funding was going to be pulled.
40:43 A shuttle mention!
44:41 What is Vega? Is that real?
49:19 The first thing we ever broadcast was Hitler? Oh dear.
50:51 That’s the actual Bill Clinton. Is that allowed? (Post-watch note: not really)
58:50 Viva Las Vega! People are excellent.
1:00:49 Actual tumbleweed. Why do I always get so excited about the tumbleweed?
1:07:44 Forgive me for this, but it seems appropriate: “You’re just not thinking fourth dimensionally.”
1:10:03 He’s back!
1:12:07 I love that she doesn’t dress up very often. Terrible hair though.
1:17:38 That man is the bane of her life!
1:18:41 How on earth did they get the whole world to co-operate on building this thing.
1:23:03 “I’m so confused.” “So am I.” SO AM I.
1:25:05 95% of the world believe in a higher power! That’s a lot.
1:33:28 I like animations that help explain things to me.
1:38:2 Mr C is pointing out that one of their high-tech gadgets is just a guitar effects
1:51:18 I’d refer to McConahoodle as a higher power too. If that’s what 95% of the world believes in, I get it now.
1:56:10 This is the opening sequence to Doctor Who, no?
2:09:33 I didn’t really like that bit.
2:15:48 Can’t they just get someone else to have a go? See what they experience?
2:21:45 She should probably go home. She might catch a chill sitting on the edge like that.


Following on from the excellent Apollo 13 film watch, we wanted to watch something else to do with space, but perhaps a little less heart-wrenching. Step forward Contact, which Mr C claimed as one of his favourite films, one he had seen many, many times, but I had yet to do so.

I really enjoyed the film, and it raises some excellent and interesting questions - searching for aliens, what to do when you’ve found them, whether to build what they send you, etc. etc. However, the bit where she actually goes through wormholes and ends up on a clearly weird and fake beach ruined it. They could have skipped that whole bit, had a much shorter film, and I still would have believed it thanks to the 18 hours of static. Still, Matthew took his top off, so this will get no less than four marks out of five.

Rating: 4 / 5

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