Written by Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, ‘Stowaway,’ is a Netflix science fiction thriller film. The movie was directed by Penna and produced by Ulrich Schwarz, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.
Space commander Marina Barnett (Toni Collette), biologist David Kim (Daniel Dae Kim), and medical researcher Zoe Levenson (Anna Kendrick) are a three member team heading on a two-year mission to Mars. All are excited for the historic mission and record statements expressing their excitement. However, they discover that support engineer Michael Adams (Shamier Anderson) has accidentally been stowed aboard after he was knocked unconscious during a routine maintenance check. At first, the crew welcomes him and bonds with him, but Zoe discovers that a device that purifies their oxygen has been damaged. The crew realizes they have ten days to come up with a solution or they could all asphyxiate as they only have enough oxygen for three. Tough decisions have to be made as the crew comes to face the reality of the situation.
All of the actors do a good job with their roles. They all had excellent chemistry in their interactions and work well together as a cast. Anna Kendrick is primarily known for the comedy genre, but I think she did a good job with this more serious role.
I also really enjoyed the soundtrack by Volker Bertelmann. She definitely tapped into other sci-fi features and provided several scores that ramped up the emotion of the moments.
The problem with the movie is the pacing and with the conclusion. For the former, some scenes linger just a tad too long while others leave you with, “was that it” kind of feeling. This was definitely a balancing act for this kind of film, especially with such a small cast where you have to get a certain runtime. With the latter, the movie did not feel satisfactory. It almost felt as if they just needed a ending and patched something together. I really needed and wanted more from it.
Bottom line, Stowaway is a decent film that is worth a watch on a cold rainy day. It does have some hiccups, but it is not a bad film.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Frightening sequences, Some foul language
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