After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson (Brandon Ray Olive) is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources.
It wasn’t a bad movie, maybe a tiny bit boring from time to time but not bad at all. Still the whole premise seemed completely unbelievable to me. How come NASA sent just ONE man on a super-important, super-complicated mission, difficult on more than one level, a mission which can be a spectacular success but also a big, fat disaster? One man, even the best professional around, can make a mistake. Something might happen completely beyond his control. What if he falls ill? What if he has a stupid accident? What if, in a moment of weakness, he takes one bad decision too many? He is supposed to spend ten long years in space, most of the time in hibernation. What if the equipment fails? What if, what if…
The fact that the said astronaut has to leave his wife Abigail (Whitney Palmer) behind was, in my humble opinion, another stupid plot device. I know, I know, it was done deliberately to create tension and those lachrymose moments viewers love so much because it is clear from the very beginning that Roger and Abigail love each other very deeply. It goes without saying that a decade is a very long time to stay apart from each other, especially that the odds are against him ever returning safely. As they have no kids I ask: why NASA directors didn’t send them together? After all even the rival Chinese had a crew of three…
Yeah, I know, the answer is another cliche cherished by American cinema (but not only) – people love a lone hero who is saving the town, the country or even the whole planet all on his own. Getting mad in the process because he is all on his own and even the smartest A.I. computer cannot replace human company. I like sci-fi movies but I admit such a solution took a shine out of this one.
Meh. Just meh. Watch it at home if you cannot help it but you’ve been warned, it is not as clever as it sounds.