George Clooney (The Descendants) is back directing and starring in this post-apocalyptic science fiction film. Penned by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) based on Lily Brooks-Dalton‘s book “Good Morning, Midnight.” It also stars Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), David Oyelowo (The Help), Tiffany Boone (Beautiful Creatures), Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street), Sophie Rundle (Gentleman Jack), Ethan Peck (In Time) and newcomer Caoilinn Springall.
Premise: Weeks after a cataclysmic event, Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, who races to warn off Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning to Earth. They are unaware of the events on planet after having explored a habitable moon, K-23, near Jupiter.
Review: It’s a beautiful story and a gorgeous film but for f**k sake it’s slooow. This movie takes its time, serving stunning imagery and carefully curated bits of story, enough to hold you over and make sense of what’s going on without filling you up. I dozed off for a bit – not long – but I didn’t feel like a missed a thing.
It’s a good mix between different tropes, spaces operas and lone survivor movies. You also have your part to play as a viewer since you’ll have to fill in quite a few blanks, nothing is spoon-fed a lot is suggested, but it doesn’t feel like lazy writing or for budgetary reasons. It’s like, you’re smart you can figure this sh*t out, and it’s not hard to do. I had plenty world ending scenarios in mind so the concept of something bad happened “the event” did not bother me. However that pace was a bit of killer and yet I like that strong choice.
There’s a lot to unpack in this movie, the main one is a spoiler though, so if you look past the dull and slow moments you’ll pick up on mythological and biblical references. The idea of legacy, what’s important or worth sacrificing is also prevalent here. The movies juxtaposes what’s happening with Augustine on Earth as he reflects on his life, and the crew of the Spacecraft. You’ll draw something from this movie on first or second viewing, it wraps up beautifully and is much more interesting than it seems.
I’m glad I saw it but will I see it again? No, unless I’m on a date and intend on talking, or be otherwise occupied, while The Midnight Sky is on.
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