Prospect (2018) Nov 21, 2018 23:03:38 GMT
Post by Kevin R. on Nov 21, 2018 23:03:38 GMT
Rated R for some violence/bloody images
A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.
This is one of the two movies I missed from the Popcorn Frights Film Festival a few months ago. It's one of the few that wasn't a horror movie, even if it has a few nasty effects; instead, it was a '70s throwback space Western that, while pretty lacking in plot, is utterly dripping with atmosphere and style. I was captivated by the world this film takes place in, which feels like how early interstellar exploration and moon mining might actually go down, and even though this was plainly shot in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, they still managed to make the world feel truly alien. Pedro Pascal was also amazing as the anti-hero lead, like if Han Solo had a rougher edge to him (no surprise they're giving him a Star Wars movie), and his charisma basically carried the whole film. It's a fairly slow movie without a lot of action or interesting characters beyond Pascal's, but if you're into these sorts of more slowly-paced science fiction movies, you're in for a treat with this one.
My full review is here.