Takes place beyond the solar system in a future that seems like the present. About a group of criminals who accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment. They find themselves in the most unimaginable situation after a storm of cosmic rays hit the ship.
Claire Denis stated that Monte and Boyse (played by Pattinson and Mia Goth) were "sort of attracted to each other." See more »
When Monte is dressing bodies in spacesuits before pushing them out of the spacecraft, he doesn't attach any life support packs. If he's dressing the bodies up to look as if they were working outside and then killed they would have had to be wearing some sort of life support equipment. By not attaching that equipment any attempt to make their deaths appear accidental by dressing them in spacesuits would be undone by the lack of life support equipment. See more »
At 99% the speed of light, the entire sky converged before our eyes. This sensation, moving backwards even though we're moving forwards, getting further from what's getting nearer. Sometimes I just can't stand it.
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The title appears almost 18 minutes into the movie. See more »
Words & Music by Ted Daffan
Sung by Mia Goth
(c) Peer International Corporation
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Like the film's characters, the plot seems to aimlessly drift onwards through space, with no clear goal
I came into this movie expecting to enjoy it; Robert Pattinson has re-emerged from his twilight days as an interesting, dynamic actor - and it's set in space! I thought I'd find plenty to enjoy in the macabre story of criminals being sent into deep space, but, much like the film's characters, the plot seems to aimlessly and hopelessly drift through space, on and on and on.
Given the film's innovative storyline - a group of criminals are sent on a suicide mission into deep space - and the undeniable talent of lead man Robert Pattinson, all the pieces were in place to create an intriguing character study, exploring the mental strains such a hopeless fate could have on people. However, the characters are, for the most part, pretty bland, with each one given too little to do to be able communicate any kind of personality. Pattinson spends the movie staring at things whilst looking sad and by the end of the movie you don't feel like you've gotten to know his "Monte" in the slightest. The villainous doctor Dibs played by Juliette Binoche is pretty boring as well, barely giving you any motivation to dislike her or even support her. Mia Goth's Boyse is the most interesting character due to her eccentric, angry and erratic personality traits, but even she falls too short, with Denis giving the audience no chance to understand her or get to know her, instead creating a cliched and forgettable character. The character development in this movie is practically nonexistent. We meet them, we watch them mope about their spacecraft with not much to do and when they die we feel nothing.
The film is quiet and reflective, yet we're given no substantial material to reflect on. The film's highlight comes in the form of an intense scene depicting an attempted rape, which proves to be disturbing and harrowing to watch. If the rest of the film could have replicated the pace, intensity and sense of dread from this violent moment then this could have been a remarkable piece of cinema, examining the effects such a deep space death sentence could have on the criminals who endure it. But, the rest of the film slowly plods on, seemingly devoid of any real stakes or direction.
Despite this film harbouring the potential to have been something great, it wastes that potential due to it's painfully slow pace, aimless plot and dull characters, who are given nothing to do throughout the film.
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