Odeon Screen Unseen – Hidden Figures

If you are a fan of going to the cinema to catch a movie, but can’t afford to go as often as you might like, then perhaps Odeon Screen Unseen might be the solution for you.  I attended for the first time in January, after a Twitter account that I follow mentioned it and it my experience was fantastic.

Odeon Screen Unseen

The concept is quite simple.  It occurs once a month, you buy your ticket either online or at the cinema.  You have no idea what film you will be watching.  All that you know is that the film has yet to be released, what time it will start and that the cost is £5 per person (hopefully leaving you some money for some popcorn).  A bit of a gamble? Perhaps, but for only £5 it is, in my opinion, most definitely a gamble worth taking.

I attended Odeon Screen Unseen for the first time on 9th January.  At the time of writing, the film is still not being shown at the cinema in the UK.  The film in question has been nominated for the prestigious best picture award at the forthcoming 89th Academy Awards, or Oscars as they are more commonly known.  It also has notable other nominations including best performance by an actress in a supporting role.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, stars Kevin Costner, Taraji Henson and Kirsten Dunst.  It’s the latest film by American movie producer Donna Gigliotti.  You may know her from Silver Linings Playbook (nominated for 8 Oscars).  Based on a true story Hidden Figures is set in the early sixties at a time when the USA was trailing Russia in the space race and when females and African Americans were not being treated as equals.  Faced with a need for a better “human computer”, Al Harrison (Costner) of N.A.S.A is presented with maths genius Katherine Johnson (Taraji Henson) who becomes the first African American female in the Space Task Group, as they attempt to send a person into space.

The movie follows the obstacles faced by Johnson, not restricted to having to walk to another building to use a bathroom specifically for “coloured” employees and not being allowed to drink coffee from the communal coffee jug.  As a strong subplot, it also follows closely the story of her two colleagues Dorothy and Mary.  Dorothy is repeatedly denied the opportunity to progress at work. It is assumed that the reason is that she is African American.  Meanwhile, Mary takes her case to the law courts after she denied the opportunity to gain a degree in engineering because she is not white.

Excellent direction

Despite the depth and significance of the story matter, it’s easy to watch.  I was completely engrossed throughout.  It excellently swings from plot to plot throughout its 127 minutes.  You are kept equally as interested in all of them.  Whilst Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst are the biggest Hollywood names in the movie, the director does an excellent job of almost having them play the supporting roles in the story.  In theory, the biggest presence by a white actor in the film is that of Glen Powell, who plays John Glenn the astronaut who is poised to be sent into space and who shows little prejudice to Katherine Johnson’s ethnicity throughout the story.

I won’t give any of the plots away.  I would highly advise you take some time to go and watch Hidden Figures when it is released. You may, however, have to pay more than I did with Odeon Screen Unseen, but it’s worth it.

Watch the official trailer and don’t forget to check out the next Odeon Screen unseen movie.



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