The Cold Equations (2011)

When relief pilot John Barton is sent on an emergency rescue mission to an unexplored planet, he is shocked to find young Marilyn Cross hiding aboard his ship. Barton discovers they have ... See full summary »

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Ryan Kelly

Writers:

Tom Godwin (creator), Ryan Kelly (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cuyle Carvin ... John Barton
Ashley Taylor ... Marilyn Cross
Joshua Sterling Bragg ... Gerry Cross
Alexandra Gaul Alexandra Gaul ... Young Marilyn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Stephen Bell ... Captain Smith
Jason Chau Jason Chau ... Woden Crew Member
Adam Chinoy Adam Chinoy ... Woden Crew Member
Jennifer Dean Jennifer Dean ... Woden Crew Member
Andrew Gaul Andrew Gaul ... Private Andrews
Peter Kelly Peter Kelly ... Woden Crew Member
Brandon Kratky Brandon Kratky ... Woden Crew Member
Jon Pierre Obando Jon Pierre Obando ... Woden Crew Member
Jason Roberts Jason Roberts ... Woden Crew Member
Edward Salerno Jr. Edward Salerno Jr. ... Woden Crew Member
Drew Tauber Drew Tauber ... Woden Crew Member
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When relief pilot John Barton is sent on an emergency rescue mission to an unexplored planet, he is shocked to find young Marilyn Cross hiding aboard his ship. Barton discovers they have only enough fuel to carry himself and his precious cargo, and Marilyn's added weight insures that they will crash if she stays on board. They have gone too far to turn back, and the computer calculations have made it brutally clear: Someone must go, or all will die. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not bad...
6 October 2011 | by knifemindSee all my reviews

I don't review films often but I saw that this had no reviews so I thought I'd give it a go. We're looking at a low/no budget sci-fi that is essentially only driven by the interaction of the two main characters, but still delivers on their premise. I didn't think the acting was too cheesy at any point, and what drives the movie is the whole character progress through the standard reaction steps (Shock Anger Rejection Acceptance) to the situation at hand. I thought that they did an OK job and I enjoyed the character progression throughout the movie and the eventual, cold ending. The movie really never surprises you in any way, and I like to think that's the point.

Overall I enjoyed this film, but viewers looking for higher production value will likely not be able suspend their disbelief long enough to get into it. Anyone who watches a lot of sci-fi has likely seen a lot of bad sci-fi, and you could do a lot worse than The Cold Equations. Further, the sci-fi elements of The Cold Equations are minimal, and anyone who doesn't mind a strong stab at a low budget film will likely get at least some value from this movie.


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