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The Midnight Sky (2020)

Director:
George Clooney

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Science Fiction/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Midnight Sky

RUNNING TIME
118 minutes

Producer:
Grant Heslov
George Clooney
Keith Redmon
Bard Dorros
Cliff Roberts

Screenwriter (based on a novel by Lily Brooks-Dalton):
Mark L. Smith


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Augustine Lofthouse George Clooney ½
Dr. Iris "Sully" Sullivan Felicity Jones ½
Commander Adewole David Oyelowo
Mitchell Kyle Chandler ½
Sanchez Demián Bichir
Maya Tiffany Boone ½
Jean Sullivan Sophie Rundle
Young Iris Caoillinn Springall
Younger Augustine Ethan Peck -

 

Review

There is a quiet austerity to this post-apocalyptic sci-fi directed by and starring George Clooney. The film is well shot and atmospheric, but also under-communicated and detached, arguably deliberately, though the result is nevertheless that the story is solely evocative from a cerebral point of view. That inexplicable lifelessness you feel encapsulated by – is that there by design? If the answer is yes, Clooney the filmmaker is a callous cynic trying to suck the vivacity out of you. If the answer is no, he's a less accomplished director than I had thought. That being said, the ending has an elegance and a slight poignancy in the midst of otherwise more or less cliched plot developments. And there is an attractive futuristic touch to the art direction and Alexandre Desplat's musical score.

Copyright © 28.03.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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