A grizzled old scientist, already dying of cancer, declines to take the last flight out of an Arctic research station, which is being evacuated due to an unspecified planetary disaster. His one remaining task – to contact a manned space ship, returning from a 2 year mission, to let them know what is going on. Then a little girl shows up, who has apparently missed the last flight too.
This is not really a science fiction movie. We never find out what the nature of the planetary disaster is, and some of the events that occur on the space ship couldn’t withstand much scientific scrutiny. What it presents, instead, is a poetic meditation on making decisions in an unfathomable situation.
There are strong performances here by Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler and George Clooney, who also directed. The film is perhaps a shade too long at just over 2 hours, but it held my interest. And I don’t even like poetry.
Recommended, but not for all tastes. On Netflix.