The year 2020 has been very prolific when it comes to movies for Netflix, since in addition to all the titles that he had planned to release, he has also been able to get hold of some such as ‘Enola Holmes’ or ‘The Chicago 7 trial’ that under normal conditions we would have seen in our closest cinema. Of course, everything that begins is over and the platform has granted ‘Midnight Sky’ the privilege of being its last great film premiere of the year, where it arrives this Wednesday, December 23.
Adaptation of a novel by Lily Brooks-Dalton, ‘Midnight Sky’ is the first science fiction film directed by George Clooney, who also gives life to the main protagonist of the function. In it, he presents a vision of the end of the world that is more calm than usual in this type of film, but, unfortunately, he does not finish knowing how to express the most stimulating ideas that the story contains.
A delayed catastrophe
‘Midnight sky’ takes us to a post-apocalyptic scenario in which what matters is not so much how that cataclysm has destroyed the Earth and its inhabitants as that little halo of hope that there is in which a scientist can make the members of a spaceship know that there is no hope for our planet before that they land and are doomed to the same fate as the rest of humanity.
All of this leads to himsadness hovers over ‘Midnight Sky’ at all times, something that leads Clooney to bet on a more leisurely pace, almost contemplative in certain phases of the film, so that the viewer better understands the motivations of the characters and what leads them to make a series of essential decisions both for their own future as for the others.
The negative part of this is that what ‘Midnight Sky’ tells feels between routine and predictable in many moments, so to compensate for it an additional push was necessary, either from the staging or the performances, which never comes. to appear in full. It is true that the film invites us to reflect on some of the issues it addresses, but it happens because they are sufficiently stimulating ideas a priori and not so much for what the script of Mark L. Smith does with them.
In crops of nobody
It is true that the images give a certain strength to what the story proposes, especially in those impeccable spacewalks in which it is clear that the large budget – it is estimated that it has cost 100 million dollars – has been used correctly, also fitting very well at a formal level with what was previously seen. Let’s go, these are not moments of mere visual delight.
What does not work so well is the emotional journey of the characters, giving a certain sense of routine when in reality they are looking for a certain intensity from the almost contemplative. In the part of the story set on Earth it is something that is less perceived by the remarkable performance of Clooney himself, but on board the ship Æther nobody gets to shine.
This leads to the film being in no man’s land for most of its footage.. Directed with solvency but with a content that does not hook you, although it is fair to recognize that it is more satisfying emotionally, also reaching a conclusion consistent with what has been seen until then.
‘Midnight Sky’ proposes interesting themes, it is very elaborate on the technical side and Clooney stands out more as an actor than as a director. Unfortunately, it is shallower than intended and more conventional than desirable.