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Unlike many people I had not seen any trailers for this film, so I watched it from the point of view that it was just another Sci-Fi film. As usual with so many films these days the politics within the storyline are simplistic and could be summed up as Rich = evil, Poor = good. The front story is about a poor boy coming out good for his beloved Frey and her daughter, so becoming a hero in the end. As far as I was concerned those were the weak elements of the film. The strong elements were the acting, musical score and the photography / special CGI effect. CGI can make or break a Sci-Fi film (or any other for that matter)and the art workers deserve a medal (as is so often the case). The amount of work that has gone into creating these special effects is incredible and these are explained on the added features on the Blu-ray disc (well worth watching for a change). The musical score is also first class and would be worth buying as a film soundtrack. The action scenes are well performed and realistic, so no complaints there either. There is also a really nice edge to the difference between the filming techniques on Earth and the mainly CGI space scenes. There has been a lot of thought put into these areas and they work very well indeed.
Some people have been disappointed by this film but I wasn't one of them. Indeed I will be watching it again in the near future. For me Sci-Fi films are just an entertaining story full of great CGI artistic content. As a scientist I accept that the science is usually disregarded in favour of exciting special effects, so I do not concern myself with them. What I want from a film is entertainment and this film provided it for me. If you want to watch a deep meaning film that will make you want to consider deep political or theological ideas then maybe you need to watch another type of film. If you want a reasonable storyline, action scenes and great special effects then this film will fit the bill. Overall I have rated it 5-stars because it ticks all the boxes that I have when watching a film of FICTION. It does not demand much of your brain and it is highly watchable and entertaining. It has a lot going for it and I am glad that I have it in my large film collection. At the end of the day it is all a matter of taste. I liked it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes this style of film.