Let me begin by saying that I'm being generous with my rating of 2 stars. This movie was a disappointment on so many levels. The science was completely wrong. There were elements of the cinematography and overall visuals that deserve some credit. But apart from that, the movie left much to be desired.
As a fan of space movies and Brad Pitt, I went in expecting an epic, but left disappointed. On one hand there are movies like gravity that keep you on the edge of your seat literally gasping for breath. While this was a 2 hour closeup of Brad's face and had very little, if anything, to do with space.
Here's what was wrong with the movie.
- Firstly, the movie fails to show the vastness of space with skewed distances and timelines.
- Secondly, space, a place that requires calculations and accuracy down to the millimeter. But we see Brad eyeballing his jump thru rocks and debris orbiting neptune, while holding a piece of sheet metal as a shield, yet perfectly nailing his jump and landing on his rocket.
- Sneaking into a rocket from a magical airlock near the thrusters after lift-off ? Erm.... NO!
- Discharging a firearm in a pressurised confined space travelling through deep space, hmm... what could go wrong?
- Using a nuclear explosion as propulsion? Science and logic both took a major hit there.
I could rant on......
Somewhere between the unexplained lunar pirates and unnecessary killer baboons, the storyline just fell flat. Even an actor as amazing as Brad Pitt could not save the movie. It is nothing more than a drama about daddy issues, the setting for which just happened to be space. The backdrop could easily have been an old people's home and it wouldn't have mattered.
The people who have rated this film highly are wannabe intellectuals who are pretending to understand a "deeper psychological meaning" that just isn't there. Don't waste your time or money on this one.