director -George Clooney
cast -George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Caoilinn Springall
Would you like to spend a couple of hours wondering if George Clooney’s beard is getting longer before your eyes? Well, it’s your lucky day. The Midnight Sky is the movie for you.
Directly directed by Clooney, this high-budget sci-fi film is also a miracle that allows you to deliver the basic premise by doing a wacky job that catches the eye of the audience. To do this, you can imagine a Netflix Pitch meeting. I wonder if it was the fastest green light in Hollywood history.
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There are few ideas that could have such a delicious marketability beyond the species. There’s one of the most prominent faces on the planet that sounds like a mashup of two Oscar-winning films, Gravity and The Revenant. Both are also major box office hits. Netflix says it has a data-driven approach to creating’content’, but you don’t need a computer that counts numbers just to let you know that this is a matter of course.
But let this be a lesson. Just because something sounds attractive doesn’t mean it really is. In a hurry to the George Clooney business, everyone seems to have overlooked the state of the script. It needs a lot of polishing.
Written by The Revenant’s co-author Mark L Smith and based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s book, The Midnight Sky stars Clooney as an incurable scientist remaining on a devastated Earth, with human remnants heading into space. The planet lives as a colony or something.
Meanwhile, in the Tanned Earth, Clooney’s character Dr Augustine Lofthouse (what?) meets a young girl named Iris. She appears to have been separated from the group, and by now she probably has passed Ganymede. However, more problems arise. A astronaut crew on a reconnaissance mission is returning to Earth without knowing the end of the world. To warn, Dr. Lofthouse and Iris have to travel across the tundra to a station with a strong radio signal.
It’s a simple premise, and has been complicated by Clooney in royal performance. Clooney seems to be keen on giving the audience more for their money. So, to add an interesting duality to the process, what should have been a simple survival thriller, half in space and half on the ground, was put together by conservative estimates of all four classes of films.
In addition to clearer references to Gravity and The Revenant, Clooney appears to have borrowed freely from Interstellar, Oblivion, and War for the Planet of the Apes.
There is a tonal mismatch in two distinct story lines in the movie. Lack of urgency to the procedure, despite time played such an important role. Because Clooney’s director sucks up all the tension in the film. The more seasoned hand would have caused the wonders of the two races against time missions. Spreading parallel to each other, Dr Lofthouse literally died, and astronauts also ran towards a specific death. However, the astronaut crew was written so thin that the film had to introduce a meteor shower to inject the drama.
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Meanwhile, on Earth, Dr. Loft House lost his catapult in a blizzard, but caught Iris. The storytelling is robotic, and Alexandre Desplat’s overwhelming score is not good. From wonder to whimsical to worrying, you’ll hear what you need to feel over and over again.
There is no dawn at the end of The Midnight Sky. This is a true story of astronomical proportions. As expected, by the time the 3-act twist is heading down, you’ll want to break your head first into the self-examined wasteland.