Starring: Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson, Toni Collette
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Netflix’s sci-fi thriller co-written and directed by Joe Penna. Stowaway (2021) follows a three-man crew as they embark on a space mission to Mars. However, things don’t go as smoothly as they prepared for when they discover a stranger, Michael (Shamier Anderson), has accidentally boarded their ship causing severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, the ship’s medical researcher, Zoe Levenson (Anna Kendrick), emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander, Marina Barnett (Toni Collette), and the ship’s biologist, Kim (Daniel Dae Kim).
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Jim: Okay. Commander Barnett, on behalf of the Hyperion team and the millions of people watching around the world, good luck, Godspeed, and we’ll see you back here in two years.
David Kim: [referring to the Yale cups] You wasted, what, eight hundred grams of your allowable personal effects on these? You don’t even care about the rivalry.
Zoe Levenson: No. But you do, David. Oh, it’s so easy.
David Kim: Okay. Five hours down. Two years to go.
Zoe Levenson: As your doctor, I’m telling you to drink that.
Marina Barnett: I’ve had the honor of participating in two missions to date. And I couldn’t be working with a more talented crew on this, my final, and third mission.
Zoe Levenson: Well, it’s only been a few hours, but it’s already a life changing experience. I’m thrilled to be here.
Zoe Levenson: To be honest, this isn’t where I thought I would end up. To me, my career was going to be research on Earth. I guess you never know where life’s going to take you.
Zoe Levenson: I applied to the HARP program because I thought it would be a funny story to be rejected by Hyperion. But now I realize this is one of those rare opportunities that could truly give my life meaning beyond anything I could imagine.
David Kim: My research is integral to maintaining and sustaining life on Mars long-term. We are taking the first steps to being able to call Mars a second home.
Marina Barnett: [referring to David and Zoe] I’m more than confident in their ability, and their training. I know they can handle anything that comes their way.
David Kim: [after they find Michael] Who the hell is this?
David Kim: [referring to Michael] Any idea if he’ll wake up?
Zoe Levenson: Honestly, I’m surprised he’s still alive.
Zoe Levenson: How the hell was he missed?
Marina Barnett: [referring to Hyperion] They’re looking into it.
David Kim: We don’t make mistakes like this.
Zoe Levenson: Did he stow away on purpose?
Zoe Levenson: [referring to her injured wrist] How are you not screaming in pain right now?
Marina Barnett: It hurts.
Zoe Levenson: Listen. You’re fine. You’re safe. No. You’re safe. You’re fine. Commander!
Michael Adams: No, no. Did we take off? Did we take off?
Michael Adams: I got to get back to my sister! Please, my sister, she’s alone. Please I got to get back
Marina Barnett: Michael. I hear you, Michael, but we’re not going back.
Michael Adams: What do you mean, “We’re not going back?” This is a two year mission. Please.
Marina Barnett: We’re moving too fast. We don’t have enough fuel to turn around.
Michael Adams: I got to get back home.
Marina Barnett: I understand. I do.
Zoe Levenson: [referring to Michael] He’s stable. He just needs some time alone to rest and process everything.
Michael Adams: First off, I just want to apologize for that freak-out I had back there. It was just kind of a shock to wake up here.
Michael Adams: Also, I’m not going to just sit around. I know the ship is small, and it’s a lot smaller now that I’m here. And I’m sure there’s some grunt work to be done. And I can learn fast. I can do whatever it takes.
Zoe Levenson: [to Michael] We’re sorry that you missed the filet mignon. But this is the next best thing. We think it’s spaghetti.
David Kim: I should warn you now that Zoe thinks she’s the in-flight entertainment.
Zoe Levenson: Were you working on a proposal for HARP?
Michael Adams: I actually plan on putting something together for the next mission.
Zoe Levenson: I’m not sure you need to apply anymore.
Michael Adams: [chuckles] Yeah. I guess not.
Zoe Levenson: I realize your first visit was a little intense, but this happens to be my favorite spot on the ship.
Michael Adams: [as they look out into space] Wow. Pictures don’t do it justice.
Zoe Levenson: No. Not at all.
David Kim: [referring to the jazz music] There. You hear how it’s unpredictable? But it still has rules. They’re generally playing together, but once in a while, a player or two will drift off into their own little groove. There. You hear it?
Michael Adams: No. I don’t. It’s like it sounds like a hot mess.
David Kim: Oh, well, that’s what I like about it. It’s not obvious. And, I mean, sometimes it can be a little bit unpleasant. But it’s pure expression. And it usually finds a balance.
Zoe Levenson: I will never get used to how little material is between us and space.
Michael Adams: That I know.
Michael Adams: When they started adding a third passenger, to make up for the weight, they made the functional module almost half the size, and removed a protective layer of shielding.
Zoe Levenson: Hey, that’s not helpful.
Michael Adams: Just facts.
Zoe Levenson: Not a helpful thing to say.
Michael Adams: It’s just facts.
Michael Adams: [as Zoe’s patching him up] Thanks.
Zoe Levenson: I mean, it’s literally my job.
Michael Adams: Not just for this. I mean, like you’ve just kind of gone out of your way to make me feel welcome, so.
David Kim: Commander, this can’t be something we rely on. These batches can die at any moment, and I could lose everything I need for Mars. Commander, this research is years of my life. We both know how important it is. Are we sure we want to throw it all away while we still have a chance to fix the CDRA?
Marina Barnett: There is no chance, David. It’s gone.
Michael Adams: [leaving a message for his sister] I’m really getting my groove here. You know, I thought at first I was probably going to be a burden to, you know, the crew and everyone here, but they’re actually putting me to work. I hate that it happened this way. But I’m thinking that this might actually turn out to be best for me, and for us, in the long run.
Marina Barnett: I need you to walk me through every option. Every single possibility.
Marina Barnett: There’s no easy way to say this. The carbon-dioxide scrubber is damaged permanently. The lithium-hydroxide canisters were only ever meant to be a temporary solution. We only have enough oxygen on board for two people.