An offbeat, grounded, indie, sci fi adventure that elegantly takes advantage of the human condition rather than an over reliance on visuals super charged with jaw dropping cinematic effects.
The Writer-director duo Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl deliver a sleek debut film that is richly layered yet starkly free of the spectacular. The film gains from its indulgence in character development and ultimately succeeds in effectively narrating a story rather than drowning itself in the cacophony of big budget over the top space dramas.
Starring Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian), Sophie Thatcher, and Jay Duplass (Transparent, Room 104), the premise is rather dull to be honest – “‘Prospect features a teenage girl and her father traveling to an alien moon with a contract to mine gems in the moon’s poisonous forest. On the moon, the father is driven by greed, and the two encounter dangerous strangers in the forest.”
On the whole, ‘Prospect’ proves that there is space (pun not intended) for gritty, low budget sci-fi films that appeal to the conscience rather than settle for something as trivial as ‘a feast for the eyes’.
P.S. The film was released by Gunpowder and Sky’s sci-fi label DUST, and its first feature film, which covers a lot of great independent content. Check out the Podcast as well as their YouTube channel.