(2020) (George Clooney, Felicity Jones) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Sci-Fi: A terminally ill astrophysicist attempts to contact a spacecraft returning to Earth, at the end of a two-year mission, about the apocalyptic events that have occurred since they've been gone.
It's 2049 and astrophysicist Augustine Lofthouse (GEORGE CLOONEY) is the only person left at the Barbeau Observatory in the Arctic Circle. With everyone having previously been evacuated, he's alone and living out what increasingly seems like his last days. That's not only due to having a terminal illness that requires daily hemodialysis treatment of his blood, but also due to an apocalyptic event that's left nearly all of Earth uninhabitable, with the effects of that now starting to reach his remote location.
At the same time, the crew of the spacecraft Aether is returning to Earth after a two-year mission to K-23, one of Jupiter's moons that might prove hospitable to humankind. While concerned that they can't reach anyone back home, they're blissfully unaware of what's happened. Instead, they're mostly focused on doing their daily duties as well as the fact that Sully (FELICITY JONES) and commander Adewole (DAVID OYELOWO) are expecting a baby together. All of which means that fellow crewmates Mitchell (KYLE CHANDLER), Sanchez (DAMIAN BICHIR), and space rookie Maya (TIFFANY BOONE) are trying to decide the best name for the child.
Speaking of which, Augustine is startled to discover a young girl, Iris (CAOILINN SPRINGALL), as a stowaway in the station, presumably left behind during the evacuation. He knows full well that he's the worst person to care for her -- after all, he never met a girl he fathered with his past lover from long ago, Jean (SOPHIE RUNDLE), another scientist who eventually left him due to his sole obsession being his work, including that involving K-23.
Nonetheless, he does what he can to care for Iris, although he eventually puts both of them in harm's way upon realizing they need to travel to another station with a more powerful antenna to reach the Aether. As they make that trek, and as that spacecraft crew must deal with their own issues and crises, it's unclear whether Augustine will be able to reach and warn them before they return to their now hostile planet.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into sci-fi movies or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might have some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some bloody images and brief strong language.
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