Stowaway review: Netflix science fiction film ends with a whimper-CNET

2021-12-13 20:16:46 By : Ms. Amy Yan

Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette need some air at Stowaway and are now playing on Netflix.

Anna Kendrick plays an astronaut in Netflix's Stowaway.

The filmmakers at Stowaway made a peculiar creative choice for their space mystery drama on Netflix. A team of astronauts faced a life-and-death dilemma and needed them to seek help from the earth via radio, but we never heard a voice in the mission control center. This is probably to create suspense and focus on the astronauts, but it also makes the movie full of disjointed...embarrassing...pause.

This is a symbol of the biggest problem in the movie. Perhaps ironically, stowaways are trying to build momentum for the story of a spacecraft rushing into space with an irreversible acceleration route. It's more like taking it slowly, right?

Toni Collette, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, and Shamier Anderson play astronauts, scientists, and engineers participating in a two-year journey to Mars. But one of them was not meant to be on the ship-and the ship was not designed for extra people, which made the crew make a terrible decision.

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As soon as the film opens, the crew takes off. This scene lasts long enough to give people the feeling of real-time space travel. This means it is a bit boring. The short conversation shows that there is some kind of problem, but there is almost no sense of danger that the blood is pumped out. As the opening scene continued, the 10-minute tedious operation and incomprehensible acronyms became 15 minutes without much happening, and even not much knowledge of the character.

This set the tone for Stowaway. This is very subtle. It is very sparse. Photography is not hurried or slow. The lens lingers. The music glides and stings. Production design and construction of a nearly modern spaceship, it looks truly functional, rather than creepy and cinematic. Even the most exciting moments are arduous, almost silent endurance tests. Suspense strikes you.

This is not gravity or event horizons. Stowaway is not riding a roller coaster, throwing brave astronauts through every creepy dangerous space, nor is it a weird performance that follows the crew into madness. The danger of this situation makes you wonder if one of the staff members will be angry, but it may just be because this usually happens with this kind of movie (see Netflix's recent Voyager). Stowaways are not that kind of movie.

Toni Collette's spacesuit carries the weight of the entire world.

I have two views on this sparse method. On the one hand, writer Ryan Morrison and writer/director Joe Pena launched a refreshing space travel. Space thrillers often make you wonder, how does a person become an astronaut if he collapses while the mission is in progress? The characters in Stowaway are satisfactorily rational, even if they make unpleasant choices. In this respect it is closer to the Martian.

On the other hand, it is difficult to really invest in this minimalist sketch role. The core problem of this movie is a "what would you do" situation, but this is not a problem faced by most non-astronauts. As the options are exhausted, the tension in the situation continues to increase, but this can only stop there; ideally, the audience needs to connect with the characters to feel the importance of the decisions they face, but we know what their lives are. Very little, so that it is impossible to really feel their true identity. 

The characters are not brought to life organically, but the film is occasionally paused to provide backstory monologues. Shamir Anderson has little to do except to remain holy. In terms of relevance, the contest between Yale and Harvard and the ignorance and personality of jazz are different.

Fortunately, the actors have done a lot in subtleties. Anna Kendrick convincingly shifted from ebullient excitement to holding her ground on difficult choices. Daniel Daikin did a lot in scenes where his character realized that his life's work was in danger. As the mission commander, Toni Collette (Toni Collette) has done a lot of heavy work with the most tired eyes. No one is as worried as Toni Colette.

This is an interesting paradox of space travel. Astronauts seem to be shaking gently, but in fact they are moving wildly fast. We were told that the spacecraft in Stowaway was moving at an unstoppable speed, but the event progressed so slowly. 

Stowaway provides a glimpse of interesting ideas about the value of space travel, the nature of sacrifices, and personal responsibility for the larger picture, but they disappear into the dark space like the distant sun. No matter how serious the situation, this restrained and contemplative suspense movie makes a dramatic change to the schlockier entry of astronauts in the dangerous genre.

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