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Space Station 76 (2014)

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A 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.

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Space Station 76 is a refueling satellite near an alternate-reality Earth, circa 1976. Jessica arrives to serve as the station's new first mate. While she narrates a piece about how she likes the predictability of asteroids, some placidly drifting asteroids are shown colliding in chain-reaction fashion. While at first the station appears normal and the people friendly, Jessica soon discovers that the people on board have issues due to the isolation and stress of being cooped up with one another in a relatively small space far from Earth. This is in addition the usual problems people struggle with, such as infidelity, loneliness, depression, and drug abuse. She tries to make friends and fit in, but, unable to connect meaningfully with anyone, she becomes lonely. She's baffled and disillusioned by the stiff and irritable Captain Glenn, who harbors secrets of his own. She finds herself drawn to Ted, a lonely, married crewman, and his 7 year-old daughter, Sunshine. Ted yearns to reconnect... Written by Ken B.

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Welcome to the future of your past.

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for sexuality including graphic nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Estación Espacial 76  »

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Second movie that Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler starred together. First being The Ledge. See more »

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The foam in Captain Glenn's bathtub changes from a lot, to none at all, to a lot again. See more »

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References Silent Running (1972) See more »

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Written by Ari Welkom and Fabien Hameline
Performed by Ari Welkom, Fabien Hameline, Sebastien Hameline and Adam Timmerman
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A not-so-funny but poignant allegory
2 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

If you're expecting a comedy, you're better off looking elsewhere. Despite the label, I didn't find this film funny at all, but rather quite tragic with scattered moments of pitch-black humor.

That said, this was a rather clever and poignant allegory of middle- class suburban living aboard a spaceship floating through a region of space devoid of any other ships, inhabited planets or stations. It's this pervasive sense of isolation that becomes a recurring theme as we meet the motley crew of characters, each suffering from some form of emotional disconnect, not only from the rest of the station's crew, but from themselves as well. The themes present in this film are universal and are relevant today despite the retro setting.

These characters broke my heart, but none more so the leading trio of the captain, lieutenant and Ted played by Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer respectively. Wilson's role in particular tugged at my heart. And of course Matt Bomer shines no matter what role he's given. His portrayal of Ted the welder comes across as extremely authentic despite the sometimes gauche elements of the film.

While I did enjoy the movie I found the ending a little abrupt and disappointing, as if they'd made their point and decided to leave it there instead of providing some sort of thematic resolution.

Don't watch Space Station 76 expecting a slick, CGI-tastic sci-fi movie. Similarly, don't go in expecting a raucously funny Austin Powers-esque romp. This movie is neither and so much more. It's a study of human nature and family drama, the secrets we keep from our loved ones and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive the daily grind of existence.


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