Anytime I write about a space movie, I’m contractually obligated to include the following Space Movie Spiel™: space movies are, pound-for-pound, Hollywood’s most consistently excellent genre. Apollo 13, Alien, First Man, Life, Sunshine, Interstellar, Armageddon (yes, Armageddeon, I fucking love Armageddon), The Martian, Solaris, Wall-E, Moon, Ad Astra, The Fifth Element, Contact, Prometheus, Gravity, High Life. Fuck it, Galaxy Quest! Star Wars! Star Trek! You could even include some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies like Guardians of the Galaxy if you wanted to get nuts — the point is that if your plot exists in the cosmos, the odds suggest that the movie will, at least, be decent.
To try and maintain some shred of credibility, I should mention that I may not be the right person to ask when it comes to the quality of space movies, as I quite enjoyed Netflix’s The Midnight Sky (I gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, while its current audience score on Rotten Tomatoes sits at a brutal 26%).
So, yeah, it goes without saying that I’m excited for Stowaway, Netflix’s latest cerebral adventure into the great unknown. First things first, it stars the always excellent Toni Collette. Did you know she was Australian? Me either! That’s how good she is. Whenever Toni Collette is on screen, the scene will be watchable.
Here’s the official synopsis for Stowaway, via Netflix:
On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision.
Stowaway — which stars Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, and Shamier Anderson in addition to the aforementioned and always-spectacular Toni Collette — will hit Netflix on Thursday, April 22.