2 items from 2016
I wish I could figure out what this would-be trippy space odyssey wants to say. I was hoping for sci-fi philosophy. I got nothing but lifeless nonsense. I’m “biast” (pro): total Mars geek, love Mark Strong
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I wish I could figure out what this would-be trippy sci-fi space odyssey is trying to say. Just a hint would be nice. Astronaut William D. Stanaforth (Mark Strong: Grimsby, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is on a one-way, one-man trip to Mars, which by itself makes no sense. One-way, maybe. One-man? No way. What space agency would put a single solitary person in a tin can and send him hurtling across space for nine months? This is a recipe for psychological disaster… which is, I fear, the point: writer-director Mark Elijah Rosenberg, with his feature debut, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Are you a fan of Mark Strong? Does your heart hold a special place for spaceship maintenance and mechanical engineering in zero gravity? Well then, do I have a movie for you…
Approaching The Unknown evokes the essence of Europa Report, where space exploration becomes a metaphor for man’s deadly curiosity. Humanity has finally reached a point where colonizing Mars seems reasonable, and astronaut William D. Stanaforth’s (Mark Strong) agrees to take the first trip – alone. To make this dream possible, Stanaforth created a reactor that converts dirt into drinkable water, which is the first step in creating inhabitable conditions on Mars. With Stanaforth’s technology, the red planet can become a livable destination, but only if his reactor can get there in one piece.
A sole astronaut is forced to survive alone in space – stop me if you’ve heard this before.
While different, it’s impossible »
- Matt Donato
2 items from 2016
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