Back in September we discovered this movie on Netflix. Mike started it, rewound it, and called me in to watch it. I’m glad he did. This sci-fi (or is it syfy or science fiction) movie with the tension of the first Alien combined with questions about humanity similar to those in 2001.
This movie centers around the character Whit Carmichael. The basic premise is Whit belongs to some kind of policing agency that uses space/time jumps. Something goes wrong and Whit is trapped on a very remote outpost where the biological outbreak occurred. An elite search and rescue team is sent there with a double mission – 1) rescue Whit, 2) stop the payload due to launch for earth so not bring the outbreak here. It becomes a scramble to do these things as well as figure out what is the outbreak and prevent it from destroying the rescue team.
The pressure rescue in a can theme gives tension. The effects of the outbreak as well as not being certain how it is spread coupled with no where to run and the devastation about them ups the ante. Personalities skew or show their true colors and tensions build. What will win out the violent base emotions or will the team work together to not only save themselves but Whit and the planet? The resolution is satisfying and answers the question in some very interesting ways taking a cliche in a bit of a new light.
If you don’t like violent and disturbing imagery, it is not for you. Bio hazard deaths aren’t pretty. What people do when they are trapped can be heroic or hideous both are here. However none of that was gratuitous but served the story and the build.
This movie is for you if you like tension and can take the violent portrayal of an epidemic as well as what people do when they feel their survival is threatened. It’s a good ride that raises questions and plays on fear and emotion.