John Hurt Weekend – Contact (1997)

contactDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: James v Hart, Michael Goldenberg (Screenplay) Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan (Story)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, David Morse, William Fichtner, James Woods, Angela Bassett, John Hurt, Rob Lowe, Jena Malone


Plot: Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: It Is All What You Think


Story: Contact starts by showing us Ellie Arroway (Malone as young and Foster as main) as she spends her life searching in space for answers especially after her father Ted (Morse) dies when she is young. She clashes with fellow scientists who try to make her show her own potential in David Drumlin (Skerritt).

After Ellie and her team make the discovery that will change the world forever she gets thrown into the world of politics rather than her comfort zone of science. The world has come together with this new discovery and once they uncover the message the worlds smartest minds have to build the machine while selecting the one-person pilot to finally answer the questions being sent through space and time.

Contact is a sci-fi film that gives us the idea of communication from outside our own known radio waves. I liked how this only looks at the science versus the religion, there is no silly looking at destroying like most alien films. There is a lot of science talk which is one of the few negatives in this film but it is needed. When it comes to films like this I can see people getting bored even though it I a rewarding watch by the end.


Actor Review


Jodie Foster: Eleanor Arroway has spent her life searching space for any sort of communication, many scientists in her own field question her motives as they see so much potential and wasted talent. When she finally makes contact she is forced to team up with the very people that tried to stop her but she will finally get the answers she has been looking for. Jodie does a great job in this role as we see her clash with different obstacles in her way.ellie

Matthew McConaughey: Palmer Joss is an author who has been working on a book trying to question science’s impact on the religious world. Believing in different things than Ellie the two make for a very interesting couple. He gets left with a big decision which could change his relationship with Ellie. Matthew does a good job in this supporting role without really exceling.

Tom Skerritt: David Brumlin is the head of scientific research that knows Ellie has potential even after pulling the plug on her work. When the discovery happens he tries to take the praise and ends up going up against Ellie to be part of the mission. Tom is good in this role playing a character that is always out for himself.

John Hurt: S R Hadden is the financer behind all of Ellie’s work, he is very secretive but is willing to make appearances to fill in the gaps on her works. John gives us a very good cameo like performance as the mysterious millionaire.

Support Cast: Contact has a big supporting cast that all offer different opinions on the situation at hand, we get to see how each opinion could affect what is going on.

Director Review: Robert ZemeckisRobert brings his brilliant style to this film to tell a story that could become complicated or even boring but flows lovely throughout.


Mystery: Contact gives us plenty to question as we wonder are we alone in the solar system.

Sci-Fi: Contact enters us into the idea that space isn’t as empty as we once thought.

Thriller: Contact does pull us in as we simply don’t know what will be found going into the machine.

Settings: Contact uses the settings well to show us in the scientific world would be dealing with if everything became a reality.
Special Effects
: Contact uses great effects to show how the machine actually works but otherwise doesn’t turn to them.

Suggestion: Contact is one I will always recommend as I like to see how people will answer the question. (Watch)


Best Part: Journey.

Worst Part: Slightly long

Favourite Quote: Ellie ‘I’ll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us… seems like an awful waste of space. Right?


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Interstellar


Oscar Chances: Nominated for one Oscar for Best Sound.

Box Office: $100 Million

Budget: $90 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Tagline: A message from deep space. Who will be the first to go? A journey to the heart of the universe.

Trivia: Just like their characters in the movie, in real life Jodie Foster is an Atheist and Matthew McConaughey is a devout Christian.


Overall: Scientific film that truly will keep you wondering about what you want to believe



2015 Awards – Best Actor

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Actor, and this time I will be actually ranking the performances from 10 to 1.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         10 – Ryan Reynolds – The Woman in Gold gold The first of a surprise inclusion on my list, that makes it here because of the chemistry created with Helen Mirren in this true story.

·         9 – Arnold Schwarzenegger – Maggie maggie I said it in my review that this was his best acting performance of his career in a film that not everyone has enjoyed but you can’t take it away from the action icon in this emotional drama.

·         8 – Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation beast The first of two brilliant performances from young actors in this very difficult watch we see the young boy turned into a child soldier.

·         7 – Jacob Tremblay – Room room The second of the brilliant performance from a young actor as he final sees the world for the first time after being locked away for his whole life.

·         6 – Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl lili Brave performance from Eddie showing he is capable of brilliance in difficult roles.

·         5 – Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs steve Fassbender shines in this role where he ends up being the iconic man through three different time periods showing us just how the man thought.

·         4 – Jake Gyllenhaal – Southpaw billyNot the biggest boxing fan but this film and performance showed just how far actors will go to look the part.

·         3 – Matt Damon – The Martian mark The most engaging performance of the year as one of the most likeable characters of the year we get a masterclass from Damon in a role that could very easily have been dull.

·         2 – Bryan Cranston – Trumbo charaacer Cranston is stunning in this role as the screen writer standing up for what he believes in even against being on the blacklist by Hollywood.

My favourite

·         1 – Leonardo DiCaprioThe Revenant hgh What can you say about this truly brutal performance from one of the best actors in the business today, he has to go through so much in this film and convinces in every single scene.

Honourable Mentions

·         Michael Keaton & Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight – Both Brilliant in this ensemble cast.

·         Will Smith – Concussion – Great to see him back on top but the story is lacking full depth drags him down.