Based on a Carl Sagan novel this movie is pure perfection, even Matthew McConaughey was really good in his role as a man of cloth, probably because he’s religious himself. Granted, I revisited this review after the release of True Detective, and only thing that I can say about Matthew is that he’s a phenomenal and very talented actor. Robert Zemeckis showed that after Forrest Gump he can still make great serious movies. With relatively big budget this movie could afford awesome special effects, that survived the test of time and still look amazing. But that is only one small part of this movie, much bigger issue is the so called battle between science and religion and how it relates to us as persons and our progress as a human kind. Very thought provoking movie, that will make you read the book, and after that make you smarter. I could go on and on, talking about different aspects of the movie that all share a similar trait: realism. Scientific realism. And this resonates with your rational part of the personality, like a fucking reverberating cascade.

Dr. Ellie Arroway is an astronomer and she is trying to find out is there an alien civilization out there by listening to radio waves, searching for patterns. She is not supported by many, who trivialize her pursuit of extraterrestrials dismissing it as science fiction. But, when she suddenly hears a very disturbing sequence of sounds (holy shit, it sounds truly scary) the tables will turn. Among her companions is a blind scientist with very sensitive hearing played by William Fichtner, and a man of cloth Matthew McConaughey (of course he’s not a priest) providing religious side of her journey. There is not a single thing that I would change in this movie, it is that good, so if you have checked it out, it is worth another viewing and if not good for you because you are in for a treat.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, David Morse, William Fichtner, Tom Skerritt

Fun Facts: Actors John Hurt (Hadden) and Tom Skerritt (Drumlin) also starred in Alien (1979), about a hostile extraterrestrial intelligence.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118884/

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