(This review may contain spoilers).
When I saw this movie advertised originally, it was one I particularly wanted to see. I have to say, however, it wasn’t quite the film I was expecting; even though I did think it was entertaining to watch.
It was easy to empathise with Jim and his feelings of intense loneliness. While Arthur was around and their interactions were interesting to see, considering one was human and the other was an android. I felt the actor did a really good job of portraying Jim’s dilemma over whether or not to wake Aurora; and even though his actions were ethically wrong, I could understand what drove him.
I did feel there was a lot less action than I was expecting. While it was good to learn about why Aurora and Jim wanted to travel to the planet, I felt the middle of the movie dragged quite a bit.
It was good to see Jim make use of his engineering skills, but considering how long he’d been awake for, I felt he should have realised something was wrong much earlier than he did.
I did feel there were some good moments of foreshadowing in this movie and I especially liked the gravity rides in space. It was good to see something of how the ship worked, so that – as a viewer – I could tell something was going wrong, even though the characters seemed completely oblivious.
I did find the movie engaging enough to keep my attention towards the end and I did learn enough about the characters to care about what was happening to them. While I think it would have been good to see more of what was going wrong, I did think it was good to see a real relationship form between the two main characters.
I don’t think this is a movie I’d watch again, although I did enjoy it the first time through. But if you like science fiction movies that are more character-driven than action-driven, I would suggest giving this a chance.