By Daniel Occelli
“I’m only telling you this because I need you to be mentally prepared for what’s gonna happen.”
Stowaway is Joe Penna’s follow up to Arctic, this time repeating the survivor genre now in a group setting, starring Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim and Shamier Anderson. And I have to say I was disappointed by this film.
Stowaway follows three astronauts on a trip to Mars where accidentally a fourth Astronaut gets stuck in the trip inside a ship not built for this many passengers, making Oxygen consumption a major problem for our protagonists.
I’m sorry, but what kind of plot is that! I’m not trying to belittle the films ideas but that just wouldn’t happen, I kept waiting the whole film for the big secret to be revealed, to find out the truth behind the mysterious fourth astronaut, but its never addressed, its just accepted that a mistake like this is possible in this universe, and I’m sorry, that’s just not believable. The film failed to win me over with its main idea so getting on board for the rest of it was impossible for me.
The film has a lot of storytelling issues as well, the plot gets stuck in between acts, and decides to jump acts with huge plot leaps. What do I mean by this? Nothing happens until something huge happens. There’s no build up, so I never feel the stakes are that serious. The only time it actually tried to set up a big reveal, you could see it coming from miles away. So I never felt the urgency this characters where in, and I never really cared for them. They gave them this little nuggets of personality but never got back to them until the very end, and it honestly felt forced. The ending felt rushed and made it clear that this science fiction film tried for simplicity, and it never took bigger risks because of it. It even seems this plot would’ve worked better as a comedy because the set up is borderline absurd.
As for positives, maybe Daniel Day Kim’s performance wasn’t that bad, the rest of them clearly underperformed, which is sad as they’re all, in my opinion, better actors. Here you can see what you always see in Kim, he always tries to be good, no matter the script. Another positive would be the visuals of that last scene and the overall design of the spaceship exterior. I found it to be very interesting. What I love the most about this film is what it represents, Movies coming to streaming services has given an opportunity or artist to create original content and has brought mid-budget films back! Even if some of those fail.
So much talent in the screen, so little to offer. Do better Netflix.