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

1:20We’ve already gone past the moon and several planets. Beaten Apollo already.
2:36Fabulous graphics.
3:49Do we know that is what space looks like so far out or are they supposing?
5:53Saturn is like hula hoops? Yum!
6:31She’s annoying. Smart, good at science and can draw. Grr.
7:59We’re gonna need a bigger antennae… that’s not quite so catchy.
11:58Oooh, Matthew McConahoodle! He better take his top off.
16:13I wouldn’t go around telling people I was a priest either.
18:27She doesn’t hang around. Nor him. But yay for taking his shirt off so soon.
22:57That was weird. She was running and then she was in the mirror.
23:49LOST 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.
27:13She needs some better glasses.
34:03Four years is a long time to go without McConaughey. She should have taken his number.
35:10The inside of a pumpkin is gross.
36:55It’s a bit of a coincidence they decided to make contact five minutes before her funding was going to be pulled.
40:43A shuttle mention!
44:41What is Vega? Is that real?
49:19The first thing we ever broadcast was Hitler? Oh dear.
50:51That’s the actual Bill Clinton. Is that allowed? (Post-watch note: not really)
58:50Viva Las Vega! People are excellent.
1:00:49Actual tumbleweed. Why do I always get so excited about the tumbleweed?
1:07:44Forgive me for this, but it seems appropriate: “You’re just not thinking fourth dimensionally.”
1:10:03He’s back!
1:12:07I love that she doesn’t dress up very often. Terrible hair though.
1:17:38That man is the bane of her life!
1:18:41How 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.
1:25:0595% of the world believe in a higher power! That’s a lot.
1:33:28I like animations that help explain things to me.
1:38:2Mr C is pointing out that one of their high-tech gadgets is just a guitar effects
1:51:18I’d refer to McConahoodle as a higher power too. If that’s what 95% of the world believes in, I get it now.
1:56:10This is the opening sequence to Doctor Who, no?
2:09:33I didn’t really like that bit.
2:15:48Can’t they just get someone else to have a go? See what they experience?
2:21:45She 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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