Stowaway (2021)

“Guys, this is not a call for a solution. The entirety of Hyperion is down there trying to figure this out. I’m only telling you this because I need you to be mentally prepared for what’s gonna happen.” – Marina Barnett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a three man space crew launches into space on their way to Mars, they discover an inadvertent stowaway and must try to figure out what to do.

My Take on it – Intriguing premise that works most of the time.

This is a minimalist film that features only four characters all on a spaceship.

The film feels a bit too long for what they are trying to do here especially given the fact that they deal with some great ethical and moral questions along the way

The cast is great with Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim and Shamier Anderson all being able to hold this story up by themselves.

Yes, there are some plot holes here, but they are easy to try and overlook especially when you focus on the questions that these characters must ponder.

There are a few unexplained issues that should have been addressed, but in most cases, the viewer can just fill in the blank however they chose.

The dialogue is written really well and the various debates and discussions between the characters add so much to things.

The minimalist viewpoint of this film allows them to use less visual effects and that also enhances things even more along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The screenplay for Stowaway was written before Joe Penna’s feature debut, Arctic (2018). The film was originally intended to be set on Mars and connected to Stowaway, but the setting of the narrative was changed to the arctic after they saw a trailer for The Martian (2015). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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