The less you know about this film the more you’ll enjoy it, I think – so I won’t be saying anything about the actual plot – but having finally seen this the other night I enjoyed it so much I felt the need to write about it briefly here. The story is great, taking parts from other great sci-fi films but still bringing something new to the genre. It’s clearly low budget compared to your average sci-fi blockbuster, but the lo-fi effects work very, very well.
The fact that it’s directed by Bowie’s son seems to have done it no harm in the media but doesn’t particularly interest me, apart from the fact he’s obviously done a great job. Sam Rockwell, (who was also in Galaxy Quest!) is utterly brilliant. I won’t say any more about why as I want to steer clear of all spoilers – just go see it.
Finally, the soundtrack is incredible – Clint Mansell, formerly of Pop Will Eat Itself, who also scored a trilogy of films by Darren Aronofsky, the unremittingly depressing Requiem for a Dream, the slightly less depressing The Wrestler, and the apparently absurd The Fountain (not seen that one yet). All his scores are amazing, and even though Lux Aeterna has been a bit overused for dramatising the crushed dreams of x-factor contestants and other TV gameshow rubbish, it still makes the hairs rise on the back of my neck when I sit and listen to it by choice.
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