In Cinemas September 30th
Running Time: 100 minutes
Rating: MA 15+
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Set in the distant future where climate change, pandemics and war have made Earth an uninhabitable wasteland. However a select few were able to escape the planet and make a new home on Planet Kepler 209. The atmosphere has made the new inhabitants sterile. After two generations, Young Louise Blake watches her father take part in the Ulysses programme to determine if life is possible on Earth again.
The spaceship loses all contact with Kepler 209 soon after arriving back on Earth. Now, 15 years later, Blake (Nora Arnezedler) is on Ulysses II and their space module loses control when it hits Earth’s atmosphere resulting in one of her crew dying. The only other crew member is so badly injured that, after they are captured by the “mud people” takes his own life so as not to hinder Blake.
Things are not looking good for the astronaut, who tries to befriend her captors who are soon invaded themselves and many killed or taken captive – including the daughter of one of the mud people. To try and rescue the young girl, Blake is taken captive and soon discovered as an “intruder”. She then discovers that the leader of her new captor, Gibson (Iain Glen) is one of the original Ulysses crew who informs her that her father had been killed.
Blake has hope that Earth can be re-colonised as the mud people have been procreating and she has been surrounded by children and babies. Gibson requires her communication device (taken by the mud people) so that he can advise Kepler 209 that life is possible on Earth – and that is where things get interesting!
I quite enjoyed the movie – not a blockbuster, but worth watching if you like sci-fi entertainment. One comment made by Blake’s father was quite relevant today. He was showing her a tree seedling and Louise asked if it will grow back on Earth, and he replied that it was unlikely because humans had taken everything Earth could give and gave nothing back. Oh, very sadly, how true that is!!