Top critical review
Horror in Space
on June 2, 2015
I guess that this movie incarnates a desperate attempt to discourage all of us young space cadets from ever venturing into space, and beyond.
Since there must be some unknowns involved with space travel, director Anderson decided that, well, hell - yes, hell - must lurk around the spatial corner. Hell being something we already have quite a lot of here on Earth, Christianity not whitstanding, I wonder why such an emphasis on space being potentially horrific has to be implemented into many scifi movies. I mean, such are supposedly destined to open our minds to the unknown, not trying hard to scare young minds regarding space exploration. Director Paul Anderson mentions in the accompanying documentary that he used to like reading science fiction. Well, if he did he would have come up with a more interesting script... hell, really! Hell belongs to authoritarian religions, to scare the believers into submission to their rule. There must undoubtedly exist very different places in the universe that must be interesting in their own right, and none of those will reflect the fears inbred into humanity through millenia of fearmongering.
In short, science fiction scriptwriters should read more science fiction literature, which deploys concepts which are still lightyears ahead of what passes for science fiction in the cinema and TV. As this movie amply demonstrates.
Still an interesting movie, if only because if the realization and the sets which are worth seeing, if you can abstract all that horror content.