Running Time (minutes): 150
Description: Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin…
Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Skerritt
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The pros: Robert Zemeckis directing, Alan Silvestri composing and John Hurt. Only reason why I watched this. Score is good, but too short and reminds me extremely vividly of Forrest Gump.
The cons: JODIE FOSTER. There’s something in her voice that I really, really dislike. And her character was stupid too, or maybe she just made it stupid, or both, I dunno.
1. What is the point of the entire ending? No, let’s jutt make it the entire film. Aliens want her to build an expensive machine and then supposedly don’t wanna tell her anything. So is the purpose to find out how much money mankind has? And why do they love teasing mankind for billions of years?
2. And where does John Hurt come in? Why would he have set the whole thing up? If he wanted to immortalise himself, why not do it himself? He had nothing to lose, he had cancer.
3. The film states that 95% of the world’s population believes in a higher power. Is that an exaggeration, my vaugely spiritual yet mostly non-religious mind wonders? Did we massively become heretics in 15 years?