THE MIDNIGHT SKY
You might need coffee. As a filmmaker, George Clooney still has some things to learn about pacing, shifting tempos, and editing. “The Midnight Sky” is far from being near perfect but still manages to hit its emotional marks regardless. The special effects are impressive even if some of its plot aspects test the boundaries of logic and reason.
Based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s doomsday sci-fi novel, the bleak narrative about mankind’s last gasp on planet Earth ebbs more than it flows. George Clooney turns in a reliably solid performance as Augustine, an Omega man scientist performing mental gymnastics in order to warn approaching astronauts aboard a colossal space station about Earth’s inhabitable condition following a nuclear disaster. Demián Bichir is especially memorable as astronaut Sanchez.
One of “Midnight Sky’s” most notable elements is its place as a big budget film made outside of the Hollywood system, it this case by Netflix. Move over Hollywood, there's a new sheriff in town.
Rated PG. 158 mins.
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