Post by stuartoxlade on Mar 18, 2019 4:42:33 GMT -5
Without delving into the plot too much, I just wanted to say that I really admired the sound and SFX in this film. It's remarkable what they managed to do on a shoestring budget. Everything from the buttons in the spaceship, to the weird noise that's constantly in the background that sounds like wind, to the use of helmet vocals when the character who is talking isn't on screen, I found it all really impressive. I watched this with a friend who really wasn't impressed with Sophie Thatcher as an actress but I thought she was fine. The film did enhance once Pedro Pascal came on board, and you never really knew whether he'd turn out to be a friend or foe which was pretty cool. Definitely keen to see more from these directors.
- Attention to detail (costumes, weapons, props, etc.). Sidenote: props to Gopher for informing me how important this was to the film via their production crew and directors.
The costumes, sets, props, etc. were definitely the highlight for me. The film does a good job with its limited budget and creates a world that feels authentic and lived-in without coming across as overdone. The basic design of the costumes and weapons especially does a good job of making the film feel "rugged," I guess.
- Use of the films budget to highlight the world building of the film without over-saturating the visual effects. (Budget: $3.9 million)
As I mentioned previously, the film doesn't feel limited by its small budget, and it honestly felt enhanced by it. Nothing in the film felt overdone or over-saturated to me and the low budget contributes some grit that plays into the overall tone of the story.
- Did you enjoy the pacing of the film? Did the story line flow in your favor as a moviegoer?
The pacing was fine and I wasn't bored throughout, but the story and characters were nothing outstanding to me. Definitely serviceable and Pedro Pascal is the standout, although as a whole nothing to write home about in the story department.
- Pros and cons of the film, in your opinion (obviously).
+ Costume, prop, set design + Small cast keeps the story focused + Strong world-building creates a setting that feels lived-in and authentic - Story is fine but not exactly memorable - Characters are sort of bland and unforgettable; Pascal keeps you interested but the others are just ok
Overall a 6/10 for me. I enjoyed it overall, but, again, the story and characters didn't grab me as much as the world itself.