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Stowaway

Published May 8, 2021

Stowaway

Film info

  • Title Stowaway
  • Director Joe Penna
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 56m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller
  • Tagline Millions of miles from home, survival comes with sacrifice

A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.

Live blog

TimeComment
0:58All idents should have capcom radio in the background.
4:14Jeez, space is a bumpy ride!
7:06I love the little puffs of navigation.
12:12I would have banged my head fifteen times going through all those doors. Good job Anna is tiny.
16:18One half of an interview is so much more interesting than both.
20:27“Hey Jim, who the fuck is on my ship?” Fair question.
27:35This is the stuff of nightmares, to wake up and be trapped for two years.
34:25Oh my god, if they played jazz… I hope you’re allowed to have ear plugs.
35:49“Sometimes it can be a bit unpleasant, but it’s pure expression, and it usually finds a balance.” UNPLEASANT.
41:37It’s a good way to do your first EVA, where it’s just a normal room but with no air.
53:42On the other hand, I do kinda want to see the mission control bods trying to figure this out.
58:17So, this is like the trolley problem in space, yes?
1:07:09I think the guilt is already there, Commander, no matter what happens.
1:17:38Over-communicate.
1:20:41“You going to be okay?” He’s not going to be okay.
1:30:37The changing state of things boggles my mind. Liquid oxygen, what now?
1:46:14You know how I feel about people giving up their lives in space.

Thoughts

Wow, what a ride. This movie is intense from the opening moments of blasting off with the crew into space, to the sudden realisation that they’re a team of four and not three, and then everything that follows! At heart, the moral dilemma is an excruciating one, almost impossible to know what the best thing to do would be.

Anna Kendrick shines in this, but with only four characters everyone has time to take centre stage and all of them are outstanding. I kept trying to guess what would happen but the film quite quickly twisted in other directions in the best possible way. Definitely worth a watch.

Rating: 5 / 5

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