Fifth about The Seventh

The Midnight Sky

The Midnight Sky: the story told in this sci-fi film, by George Clooney, is in many ways very simple, a tale of two journeys through inhospitable places with the aim of surviving. It is the composer Alexandre Desplat’s beautiful musical score that most perfectly translates the general mood of the film: sad, serene, quiet. The experience as a whole is low-key but very touching, even if it marches towards a foregone conclusion. The performances are all in that same low-key tone, and the actors are effective but not particularly memorable; it is a great veteran cast (Clooney himself, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Demián Bichir, Kyle Chandler) doing solid work, joined by cute and expressive newcomer Caoilinn Springall. The film looks pretty good: the production design of Jim Bissell, particularly the space station, is clean and full of personality; cinematographer Martin Ruhe captures the action effectively in both environments, often showcasing the solitude in them.

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