Movie Review: The Titan

A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

Director: Lennart Ruff
Writers: Max Hurwitz (screenplay by), Arash Amel (story by)
Stars: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson

Okay, so I have no idea if I liked this movie or not. The critics seem to pretty much hate it.

The thing is, this is quite a strange movie. The premise is good, the first hour of the movie is quite good. You got your “end of the world is near and everyone dies” scenario, a bit of drama, a bit of hope, it’s quite interesting. The acting is good.

But then it all falls apart. It’s as if everyone got bored. Things happen very fast, and the only happen as to reach the same conclusion that is somehow predictable from the moment you read about this movie for the first time.

If only there would have been a genuine plot twist somewhere in the there. Someone should have called M. Night Shyamalan.

I still don’t know if I enjoyed this movie or not. I could have done better things, yes, but it wasn’t a complete waste of time. I don’t know. I don’t even know if I should recommend this movie or not. I’m super confused. Maybe this was what this movie was all about. Confusing us to the point of not knowing what to do with our lives.

Or maybe not.

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: The Titan

  1. I have been a sci-fi fan a long, long, loonng time. Tom Swift, any one? As a consequence, I have in my stuffed memory, the plots of thousands of short stories and novels by Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Bradbury, etc. I watched every episode of Star Trek I could, and the Twilight Zone. My wife looks at me with astonishment when I predict, out loud, the next scene, the next line, the next twist as we binge series and movies with frayed story-lines, and tired tension-building efforts.

    I had high hopes for this story for about 20 minutes. This was a short story stretched to the limits of international distribution. The premise was intriguing. I have read stories of human reconstruction for alien environs before. But the science was awful. Just one example: Imagine the liquid methane tides on Titan caused by Jupiter. They would be thousands of meters high.

    Then there was the predictability. The raft of candidates struggling to stay the course. The stalwart wife and kids, needlessly dragged into an extremely dangerous context of bad barbeque’s and genetic restructuring. Nothing to be gained except drama and dismay. The mad scientist, hiding his Hitler-esque intentions. The government seeking an advantage of some murky sort.

    I all this had taken 30 minutes, cool. There would have been time to explain why the totally estranged family would want to live on Titan, when the whole point was to create a human adaptation to that moon. If they could create a colony of existing humans, then why….?

    I guess I like the swimming scenes the most. They impressed me with the dolphin-style undulations of the candidates. Maybe that was an homage to Flipper.

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