Movie Review – The Midnight Sky (2020)

The Midnight Sky, 2020.

Directed by George Clooney.
Starring George Clooney, Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Caoilinn Springall, Sophie Rundle, and Ethan Peck.



This post-apocalyptic story follows Augustine, a lonely scientist within the Arctic, as he races to cease Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning residence to a mysterious international disaster.


George Clooney returns to the black canvas of area, having beforehand suffered an existential disaster below the command of Steven Soderbergh, and been flung round in sweaty-palmed trend by Alfonso Cuaron. This time he’s in control of his personal mission, adapting Lily Brooks-Dalton’s Good Morning, Midnight for the Netflix greenback, and in doing so creates an identikit Sci-Fi movie that’s extra House 101 than 2001.

The opening fifteen minutes are filled with the form of slow-drip intrigue that the remainder of the film can not ship on. Clooney’s Augustine Lofthouse is glimpsed painfully shuffling round an deserted analysis facility in Antarctica, towards the backdrop of an outdoor world which has suffered a destiny solely hinted at as “the occasion” by an on-screen title. By temporary flashbacks we be taught why he’s struggling, after which watch as he self-administers blood-transfusions, and sits in entrance of rows of displays. You already know one thing unhealthy has occurred, however you’re not sure what, or why he stays as this spectre of isolation.


Working parallel to this story is that of the crew of a spaceship coming back from a two-year mission to find whether or not a planet is ready to maintain human life. Sadly they’re unaware of no matter destiny has befallen Earth, and the 2 narratives start to entwine as Augustine traverses the cruel panorama so as to attain a communication tower and make contact.

It’s the gaping void in high quality between the 2 threads that makes The Midnight Sky such a slog. Any time we’re with Clooney and his insular astronomer there’s a larger degree of curiosity than after we peer into area. Up there its science-fiction bingo and a wasted stellar ensemble. When one thing inevitably goes mistaken and a set-piece ensues during which Clooney borrows CGI aesthetics from his Gravity playbook, a personality has to make their first space-walk so as to do repairs. You’ll be able to circle the sq. in your card marked ‘Pink Coat’ and wait to your eyes to roll into the again of your head.


Actually the whole lot right here has been performed earlier than, from the slingshot manoeuvre so as to get residence (Apollo 13, The Martian), to the heartbreaking message from a beloved one which was despatched earlier than the world started to burn (Interstellar). You would possibly forgive the tropes had the characters not been as bland because the collective on provide right here, however they’re all lumbered with such uninteresting and totally predictable again tales and personalities that you simply simply don’t care, which for an end-of-the-world narrative is unforgivable.

Again amongst the swirling snow and frozen facial hair of the tundra, Clooney not less than offers it his all, particularly relating to the physicality of his efficiency. Nonetheless, the emotional component of his story is hamstrung by the predictability of all of it. Anybody who watched the trailer might most likely piece collectively the relevance of his younger travelling companion, and even then you definately’ll have the ability to determine what’s happening after one of many quite a few flashbacks to his previous. It fully undermines the meant influence of the ending, which needs to stay a McConaughey speaking to Murph fashion emotional wallop, however misses the mark by a long way, regardless of the very best efforts of Clooney and Felicity Jones.


A lot better when its toes are on terra-firma fairly than dancing among the many oh-so-many clichés within the stars, The Midnight Sky is in no way a foul movie, it simply looks like an echo of infinitely superior style predecessors and influences.

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