When I first saw that this movie had a 84% critics and 40% audience rating on rottentomatoes it confused me. I usually see that disparity when a movie is an artsy movie that doesn’t relate to the general ticket-buying audience. This was a SPACE movie! The trailer showed moon vehicles shooting at each other. How can this disparity exist? Well, after watching it, I understand and give it a 2.5 Icee (out of 5) rating, siding more with the audience than the professional critics.
Writing a good review on this movie without giving spoilers is difficult, but I will give it a shot. Yes, that scene of moon buggies buzzing along and shooting at each other that in the trailer is in the film, but it is not indicative of what this movie is about. This movie doesn’t have a lot of action in it, but is more of a “thinking man’s movie”, which I’m guessing is why the critics like it so much. I didn’t hate it, but I can’t really say I enjoyed it either. It was, “eh”, hence the 2.5 Icees.
Brad Pitt does a masterful job in this movie as he normally does in whatever role he takes. Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler and Tommy Lee Jones are in the movie but their roles are small. This movie is totally about Brad’s character, and that’s fine I guess.
Classifying this movie is difficult. I guess you could call it an “Insight Movie” because the movie really is about what’s going on in Brad’s character’s mind. How he is dealing with the events around him. Again… a “thinking man’s movie”, or a “thinking woman’s movie”. Either way, it’s not really my gig but I did find it interesting.
There are some science issues with the movie that bothered me, but not enough to reduce the rating on the movie. It was just too slow for me in too many places.
There are no scenes during or after the credits.