Space, George Clooney and Netflix seemed like such a winning combination that my boyfriend and I watched The Midnight Sky on its release date last week. The film had been massively publicised both on the radio and on Netflix we were pretty excited about it.
Augustine (George Clooney) is a scientist in the Arctic who stays behind when the rest of his team are evacuated to try and save a team of astronauts from returning home to a doomed planet. We don’t actually know what has happened to the earth but radiation levels are dangerously high and those who could have evacuated to temporary underground bunkers. To Augustine’s surprise he finds a young girl named Iris (Caoilinn Springall) who has been left behind in the Arctic with him. Although she doesn’t speak, the two develop a relationship and she travels with him when he needs to move to a different station.
The team of astronauts that Austin’s is trying to contact to advise not to return home are made up of Captain Adewole (David Oyelowo), Sully (Felicity Jones), Mitchell (Kyle Chandler), Maya (Tiffany Boone) and Sanchez (Demián Bichir). They have been on a two year mission to explore a planet near Jupiter to understand whether it is habitable for Earth to evacuate too. They are not aware of how things have progressed on earth and are confused why they cannot make any contact with NASA and other contact sources on the ground.
I still feel like the premise of this film is really good. However, I’ve got to say it, it was really boring. Nothing actually happened. A big chunk of the film was watching Clooney travel through the freezing Arctic. It was beautiful and I would be very cinematic, but the story was really lacking. The odd little twists were great but not enough to justify the whole movie.
I really didn’t expect to say this but I wouldn’t recommend bothering to watch this one.