5,000 passengers and 258 staff, including Jennifer Lawrence, as writer Aurora Lane, and Chris Pratt, as mechanic Jim Preston, are on a 120 year journey on the commercial spaceship, Starship Avalon, to a distant earthlike colony called Homeland.
A meteor storm causes havoc though when it leads to mechanical damage and the unlocking of Preston’s cryogenic pod. Instead of a four month luxury approach to Homeland that’s now extended to 80 years with no way of getting back into his pod.
For over a year, with only an Android barman, played by Michael Sheen (in a brilliant nod to Kubrik’s Overlook Hotel bar in The Shining) for company, what follows is a study in mental health, romance and danger.
Dubbed Titanic in Space it’s easy to see why.
It’s a yarn with quite a nice romantic tale in reel two between Lawrence and Pratt that’s entirely well judged.
The third reel, when it all (inevitably) goes a bit Pete Tong, has echoes of Gravity but overall, to my taste, this is a far more engaging film throughout.
Some of the sic-fi is a bit bonkers. There’s a great set piece in a swimming pool (the ultimate infinity pool) that has riled techno-geeks but, for me, it was clever and quite thrilling.
Months from now this movie will be receding into my memory quite significantly, but as a ‘don’t take it too seriously romance/action movie’ it hits all the buttons.