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The Midnight Sky (2020)

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This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.


George Clooney


Lily Brooks-Dalton (based on the book 'Good Morning, Midnight' by), Mark L. Smith (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Augustine
Felicity Jones ... Sully
David Oyelowo ... Adewole
Caoilinn Springall ... Iris
Kyle Chandler ... Mitchell
Demián Bichir ... Sanchez (as Demian Bichir)
Tiffany Boone ... Maya
Sophie Rundle ... Jean
Ethan Peck ... Younger Augustine
Tim Russ ... Mason Mosley
Miriam Shor ... Mitchell's Wife
Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir ... Frantic Woman - Katherine (as Lilja Nótt)
Hanna María Karlsdóttir Hanna María Karlsdóttir ... Older Woman
Atli Oskar Fjalarsson ... Soldier (as Atli Óskar Fjalarsson)
Edan Hayhurst ... Mitchell's Son 1


A scientist is working alone at a remote Arctic research station when he learns of a mysterious global disaster. At the same time, he meets a strange girl in the Arctic, with whom he must stop the return to Earth of the crew of the spaceship "Ether". Written by Bazza the Beast

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some bloody images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Felicity Jones found out she was pregnant after being cast, and George Clooney simply rewrote her part to accommodate. "I did get to sit down a lot, which was a real joy," says Jones. It ultimately adds layers of jeopardy and hope to the story. Clooney revealed to us that, 'The fact that Felicity ended up being pregnant.... gave us something that now feels like we should have done it all along, which is to have this other through line, this future, going through it.'" See more »


When Sully and Adewole are playing cards, Sully uses the term math. Both Sully and Adewole are British. No self-respecting Brit would ever incorrectly say math. It's is maths, with an s, or mathematics. See more »


Augustine: You know, there's no rule that says you have to touch everything.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Sweet Caroline
Written and Performed by Neil Diamond
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A 2 hour movie that should've been a 20 min short
4 January 2021 | by TopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

It felt like over 3 hours - and that's me fast-forwarding the uselessly long 15 min outdoor repair/karaoke scene as well as some other long pointless scenes. Someone forgot to hire an editor to at least chop this down to 80-90 min max runtime. This film was based on a novel - was it as slow and boring as this film? It could've been much better with some "Hollywood" added into the writing whilst cutting down/out some of the long dragged out and useless scenes. And the screenplay needed to be tighter and lean more towards one genre; if you separated the "arctic adventure" from the "sci-fi", you may have had two much better short films. Combined, it was a lot of filler, with very little substance. Don't get me started on the very predictable and cliched writing-in of the absolutely adorable Caoilinn Springall as Iris in her first ever role. The awesome score also needed to be toned down, as it was too constant and overbearing - something you'd expect in a B-grade film. The S/VFX, set visuals and cinematography were absolutely stunning. The casting was excellent, but their talents were wasted in this poor story-telling that really didn't require much acting talent. Sadly, it's a very generous 6/10 from me, all going towards the visuals and effects.

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Release Date:

23 December 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aether See more »

Filming Locations:

La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain See more »


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