The Midnight Sky

The story set in a post-apocalyptic world follows the parallel adventures of Augustine (Clooney), a lone Arctic scientist and an astronaut aboard the spaceship Aether, trying to return to Earth while Augustine find out in a race against the clock to establish the connection with the ship.

It was incredibly engaging in the premise of the story of a crew of astronauts who, after exploring a possible new home for humanity, return to an Earth destroyed by a mysterious apocalypse. What would it be like for the best news in human history to suddenly wake up without its main recipient? Here’s what drew us to The Midnight Sky, George Clooney’s December 23rd Netflix film, which was featured by Variety magazine as a top competitor at this year’s Oscars. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Without missing other attachments, this SF about how a success of science becomes practically imponderable in a new social context removes too many obstacles in front of it and stumbles over everything, one after the other. I appreciated his poetry, but not his pomp, and the film itself has a trajectory in sync with that of its protagonists: all good intentions lead nowhere, The Midnight Sky rarely and almost unwillingly manages to amaze or captivate.

Our advice is not to look at the trailers and in any case not to read the comments on them, because too many commentators have noticed certain details (otherwise obvious) and did not hesitate to have fun on their own in more or less comments. slightly acidic. An uninformed reception can only help The Midnight Sky and divert attention from its flaws to its few merits.

Beyond the philosophical premise, SF also enjoys a protagonist in whom, at one time or another in life, we can all recognize ourselves. In his Arctic laboratory, the researcher Augustine Lofthouse (Clooney) becomes a witness to the extinction of the human race, following a mysterious apocalypse. Surrounded by devices that work without the information they provide being able to help anyone, Augustine, visibly suffering from the events that led to the extinction of humanity, still has a goal: he must warn the crew of the aforementioned spaceship that the return to Earth is trap. Augustine is undoubtedly a symbol of helplessness, but also of hope, and his purpose in the story, that of refusing to lay down his arms even in the most unwelcome circumstances, can only inspire.

Unfortunately, the attractions of this SF inspired by Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel Good Morning Midnight stopped for us here. It’s a mystery how a team of filmmakers known for their often more relevant films than what Hollywood usually delivers chose to spend $ 100 million to make The Midnight Sky, a crowd of far too familiar elements from other SFs. united scenes in which actors such as Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir and David Oyelowo play far too badly, among expensive props, some far too banal heroes …

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