Netflix’s newest science fiction drama, Stowaway did the impossible. They made actress Anna Kendrick boring and practically unwatchable in this melodramatic bore. The concept of the film isn’t a bad one, but it’s buried under a sea of over dramatic scenes that build little to no tension and just makes the over all viewing experience a drag.
The cast assembled here is a good one too which adds to my frustration with the missed opportunity that this film is.
The crew of MTS-42, a two-year mission to Mars, consists of commander Marina Barnett, biologist David Kim, and medical researcher Zoe Levenson. After taking off from Earth, the upper stage of their launch vehicle is connected by 450 metre long tethers to the ship’s main hull, acting as a counterweight for inertia-based artificial gravity.
Shortly after takeoff, Barnett discovers launch support engineer Michael Adams, an accidental stowaway, unconscious behind a panel. The crew begins to bond with him, but Barnett soon learns that Michael’s body had been entangled with, and inadvertently destroyed, a device which scrubs carbon dioxide from the air on the ship. The crew then discover there isn’t enough air for all four of them and the film turns into a morality play. Should they kill the stowaway or try to find a way to save him?
In another writer’s hands this would have been great. But it’s a snooze-fest from here on in. Collette is absolutely wasted in this film, more often than nought sneaking off to talk to someone at NASA named Jim “indiscriminately.” A lot. That’s the other odd thing in this film too. I thought maybe my surround sound was acting up because whenever the crew spoke to people back on Earth, there was zero noise. So we heard the crew doing an interview for example, but only heard their answers. Even with NASA Jim, no audio. Maybe this was a director’s choice but it felt off.
So to wake us out of our coma, the crew decides to try and save the Stowaway by getting some air tanks from a supply station that is very far from their ship. Oh and there’s a solar storm on the way.
So if you still even care at this point, Anna Kendrick’s character sacrifices herself and dies from radiation poisoning from the solar storm. The commander (Collette) makes zero effort throughout the film to really do anything heroic. It’s the medic (Kendrick) who saves the Stowaway via self sacrifice. The film then does a weird voice over by Kendrick’s character about how she always wanted to go into space or some bullshit and then the film fades to black.
What a waste of time. Shit I feel like I got Radiation poisoning too from watching this turd!
With that said, HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience declares this is a film that should be nuked from orbit. Pass on this film or watch at your own risk!