The Midnight Sky (2020) is a science fiction film that has everything behind it – star cast with George Clooney as the Director & the Protoganist, a global catastrophe, and space exploration to a habitable celestial body. I liked the film, but still, it earned only a ‘Raw’ from me as the film failed to connect with you emotionally. The film is available on Netflix.
Augustine Lofthouse (George Clooney) is a scientist of repute in a polar science centre, following an unknown planetwide geographical disaster everyone is being evacuated, while a sick Augustine stays behind. Did he survive in his mission of making humanity become a multi-planetary species?
The George Clooney we saw in Up in the Air (2009) was the clean-shaven, corporate Ryan, here we see a rustic, full-bearded, old, frail Augustine; An admirable performance from him, memorable were the scenes when he has to baby-sit an orphaned young girl. Apart from Augustine, there are five astronauts returning from a faraway moon, they fight against odds but since their characters don’t get defined we are unable to empathize with their struggle. In the name of suspense, in a few scenes, the screenplay risked being about para-natural events, thankfully it remained firmly in the sci-fi zone.