Their latest film was a scary and exciting showcase for the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen
Shot for 19 days in Iceland, the 2018 Arctic saw the Danish actor’s Overgård fight to keep himself alive with an injured passenger against the many dangers of the frozen north Filled with memorable moments and sometimes unbearable tensions, everything was built towards a fabulous ambiguous finale that allows the audience to essentially decide the fate of the characters for themselves
Oddly enough, I now read that Arctic was originally written by American Ryan Morrison and Brazilian Joe Penna (who also directs) as a Mars sequel to this fascinating but flawed space drama.
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Stowaway (now streaming on Netflix) sees the director couple facing double the number of characters in Veteran Commander Marina Barnett (Toni Collette), on her third and final space mission, acclaimed biologist David Kim (Daniel Dae Kim) and medical researcher Zoe Levenson (Anna Kendrick) are the official crew of MTS-42, a trio tasked with two A one-year mission to the Red Planet, many say will provide us with the first steps in allowing us to call it our second home
If a slightly underperforming main engine during takeoff is about to abort them, it won’t be long before they settle into their various tasks. In a brief press conference, Zoe rejoices that this is a rare opportunity to ‘make sense of her life’, while Marina expresses her full confidence that her latest colleagues are well equipped to handle everything. what presents itself to them
But even they are not prepared for what will happen next Noticing a few drops of blood on the floor, Marina opens a trap door and falls an unconscious and injured man Quickly realizing that he is – unbelievably – still alive , Zoe goes to work to fix it
Shocked by his unexpected new surroundings, launch assistance engineer Michael Adams (Shamier Anderson) is distraught to learn that he is already thousands of miles from home – and they are not coming back back
That’s when Marina discovers something far more disturbing, CO2 level rises Further investigation potentially reveals worst-case scenario, carbon dioxide removal assembly damaged – possibly irreparable As she whispers to her original teammates – unless a solution is quickly found, it could be fatal for all “This machine was built for two, pushed by Hyperion [their bosses] to three But there’s no way she could handle four”
With its impressive graphics, thought-provoking drama, and star-studded cast, it’s clear that Stowaway is in desperate need of being the next Gravity Unfortunately, while she has her moments, the story of Penna and Morrison loses her way in the final third as she tries to find a solution to the central conundrum and peddles science that raises more questions than answers
The film’s “consultant” – YouTuber and science communicator Scott Manley – certainly has some explanation for the ship’s artificial gravity, the odd layout, and the lack of Plan-B that would make even the worst of it tremble All Black coaches
Penna and Morrison’s decision to only give us half the conversations when in contact with the ship’s ground support also seems a little odd. While this may increase the uncertainty for the audience, it also seems a bit frustrating and a way of taking narrative shortcuts (of which there are a lot) only adds to the feeling that new dangers are suddenly appearing. from scratch, the film scraping through the gears, going from heavy pontification to total emergency in seconds By the time we get to what should be an emotional climax, you might be forgiven for feeling too confused to care.
That said, Penna does a good job of creating a sense of space and place and the quartet’s dilemma and dynamics are all well brought to life by the impressive little ensemble, with Dae Kim (Lost, New Amsterdam) who stands out, largely because of the more formed character
With a little more ingrained science and smarter storytelling, Stowaway could have been a sci-fi stunner, instead it’s this year’s Life / The Cloverfield Paradox, its visuals by far how it looks. the most memorable
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