The Midnight Sky (2020)


“Been thinking a lot about time… and how it gets used and why.  Why one person lives a lifetime and another only gets a few years.” – Sanchez

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A researcher at an Arctic science station tries to make contact with a space crew returning from a mission following a catastrophe on Earth.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been anticipating for months.

It is such a fascinating film especially given the COVID-19 perspective because it adds so much to the realism and plausibility of the story.

The film has an amazing cast led by George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Damien Bachir, Tiffany Boone and Kyle Chandler.

Each of them are developed in distinct ways and that helps make us care so much about what happens to them along the way.

The story is able to jump back and forth between two distinct plot lines and this is both good and bad for the film.

The good part is that we get to see a more complete picture of what is going on at each of these locations.

The bad part tho is that both stories feel like just chapter within a much larger story that we don’t get to see.

The way that they constantly switch between the two story lines can be a bit jarring, but it’s still quite effective in allowing then viewer to learn so much abut the characters and events in each of the two plot threads.

The film also has some flashback scenes that are slightly problematic since it never is quite clear if it is memories or a third plot thread because certain parts are left far too ambiguous.

The film is ale to utilize a minimal cast really well and are able to slowly learn so much about the character’s histories and expectations in this new catastrophic world.

The way that the puzzle pieces of this story are put together is great and they are able to allow the viewer to get a clear explanation about everything that happens here.

The story is ended a bit o abruptly while leaving things open ended for the viewer to use their imagination about what will happen next.

Clooney also directed this film and is able to make it even more powerful to watch due to the way that he presents this story to us.

I wanted to like this film even more than I did because there is definitely something in this story and the way that it is presented that seems to resonate so well throughout, and perhaps it would have been helped if we got to spend even more time with these characters.

I hope that I will possibly enjoy it even more on a rewatch.

Bottom Line – Fascinating film especially when viewing it via Covid-19 eyes. The cast is superb with Clooney, Jones, Oyelowo, Bichir, Boone and Chandler all giving some very realistic performances. The way that the story jumps back and forth between the two story locations is a bit jarring, but it still is quite effective in showing the various plights of the characters in each location. The use of flashback is the film’s big problem because it leaves these scenes a bit too ambiguous as to whether they are meant to be memories or a third plot thread. The use of a minimal cast in each of these locations also helps develop each of the characters as we slowly learn more about their histories and expectations.  The puzzle pieces of this story are put together really well in order to give a clear explanation to all that transpires here and the open ended story leaves so much to the imagination about what can happen afterwards.  Clooney does a great job directing this movie and it was worth the wait. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – George Clooney lost 30 lbs and was hospitalized with pancreatitis for his role as an astronaut with cancer 4 days into filming The Midnight Sky. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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