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Die-Hard In Space Is Actually Pretty Accurate Description...
on 5 November 2015
Surprisingly good Sci-fi based around a rescue mission from a high security space prison orbiting the earth where serious offenders are kept in cryostatis. Guy Pearce plays the good-guy-turned-bad-guy-turned-good-again guy in a slightly Die-Hard fashion and has to rescue the president's daughter from the prison after a riot and escape attempt breaks out while she is visiting the space prison on some kind of humanitarian work. That sounds pretty standard but in a slightly different setting the film feels like a lot more than that with its subplots and I think Guy Pearce is probably at his peak here - I think the best I've ever seen him in any role as an actor. Not what I was expecting from him at all, the film is visually strong (other than some mediocre effects here and there) and fast paced with some great hard-hitting action. It often feels tense and claustrophobic and kept me interested through to the end.
More violent than I was expecting which worked well for me and suits the film's feel and backdrop - would definitely recommend as a decent action movie with a slightly different take the standard hero/action movie.