Prospect ★★★

One of the main problems for budget science fiction films seems to be the tendency for HD cameras to make everything look like scyfy original movie. The glossy digital cheapness of the outside world is a bitter contrast with the general production design of the film- especially the interior of their landing pod, which display an inspired retro sensibility which I quite enjoyed- reminded me of classic Dr Who which is usually a pleasant experience.  My defining thought about the film is that it could actually been served better by leaning into its limitations even more than it already does- it could have gotten more out of its setting, in the way or colour, for example, and made for a visual sensation that stands out a little bit more- there is a muted grading going on that flattens the film visually at points. When it does take advantage of its limitations, it does it by being very character-driven. There are some very impressive moments in the script which are further elevated by Pedro Pascal’s performance which reeks of unusual confidence for this kind of producton. His co-star the protagonist has some pretty convincing screen-presence for what I gather to be her first staring role. Their relationship, and the relationship between her and her father post-mortem form the emotional crux of the film which while quite interesting and explores themes including dealing with the actions of your parents, and broches on stockholm syndrome, the film hits a bit of a plateau when other mysterious characters are introduced which struggle to incorporation into the narrative and the world which the film had created in a satisfying way.