A psychological thriller set within the US Space Program. Will this thriller be full of dead space or be a blast off?
First time director Rand Ravich brings us the story of an astronaut’s wife who becomes involved in a paranoia scare when her husband is involved in a freak accident in space. When he returns she becomes frightened that her unborn baby is an alien.
This film stars Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron as the couple victimized by this outer space incident. What does draw you in is the torment in the eyes of Theron, who’s beauty and scope are magic in this role. She does a lot of paranoia angst throughout the whole film which can only be compared to the classic brilliance felt in Rosemary’s Baby.
Theron does need to be recognized as an actress and not just another beautiful person found by Hollywood. Another impressive aspect is the paranoia shots which come when the camera focuses on an eye or a mouth.
These angles and zooms accent the depth the paranoia is going. Which begs us to wonder if this is all induced paranoia brought on by her unplanned pregnancy and her shadowy hospitalized background. Maybe it should have been.
What is actually disturbing is how mundane Depp is as the possessed astronaut who not for one moment is ominous or frightening.
Is this the same actor who has given us such twisted and plagued characters Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands?
What we get here is a zombie. I guess I will have to wait for this fall’s Sleepy Hollow to see the real Depp.
The great end payoff is what is so evidently absent in this. Can you think back and remember the bone-chilling ending of Rosemary’s Baby? I know it made me squirm.
And that is exactly what Rand Ravich’s screenplay lacks as we witness an over-stuffed Twilight Zone episode or an X-Files sequel.
I kept wondering where are Mulder and Scully since there wasn’t an introduction by Rod Serling. This film should have been a study on paranoia which would have made the movie believable and original.
If you plan on seeing this film please remember when you leave the brilliance of Charlize Theron.
2.5 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer.