Rating: PG-13, Time: 1hr 56min, Director: Mortem Tyldum, Cast on IMDb
So what did you think of the minimal cast?
It is always interesting when a film tries to attempt a movie with a few key members. I am Legend come to mind or say Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Another minimal crew movie in a futuristic space is the classic 2001, where the ship starts to malfunction. I would say this is kind of a mix of a mystery unfolding of the ship slowly falling apart like in 2001 with the monumental task of saving your 5000 crew members or humanity in I am legend. The whole movie really hinges on the actors coming together as a functional team with a great story that supports the ups and downs that may not happen with only 2 characters primarily. I think Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt definitely have the chemistry to make it succeed. They also have a great robot bartender played by Michael Sheen, which give us 3 age ranges to appeal to with the acting careers to back it.
How strong are the set designs in the film?
Well, I think they are quite convincing, but of course with new technology like Maya, you can really create almost any type of CG environment you need, which is essential in a sci-fi film with minimal characters. The robots are kind of like the trash robots in StarWars: Episode IV, but only cuter. They can't be sinester in a romance movie right? One of the choices was how to interpret AI with the bartender and the ship systems. As they awaken, the systems are actually in a caste system depending on the ticket you bought on the one-way trip to the new planet. This is a bit new as in most space movies the characters have equal access to the ship, but this is likely more of the reality of a business-type run space travel expedition. Of course, those safeguards end up being the flaws in the system as disaster strikes.
How well is the story developed?
When you have so few characters it can be a challenge to fill up the entire film. Of course, this does allow for really proper character development. The characters are definitely meaty, dirty, intellectual as well as a bit twisted in their weakness. There were definitely some good plot twists on how and why they wake up and how the ship's near disaster brings the two back together. Another great feature is the ship was designed to have 5000 people awake at the same time and function together for 4 months before landing, so the 2 single awoke passengers really struggle mentally with the vastness of the ship, which leads to mental instability. Think of the scenes of The Shining only a more stable Jack without the possessed house/ship.
Were there any surprises to the film?
Yes, the computer doesn't try to kill them. I thought for sure it was going to be like 2001 a bit. Another surprise is that another crew member awakens that finally allows them to access the true ship systems. All in all I think it is a nice love story set in space with some adventure.
Do you have any art related to this movie?
Only in the sense of my geometric series and the vastness of shape and color. I think my "Deep Blue Defeat" relates to the vast emptiness in the ship and the trama of living life trully alone with no way to resurrect friendships litterally without ruining their lives.
Deep Blue Defeat
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