But it is the YA sensibilities that the film lends to its Science Fiction setting that really endeared me to this film. I love Jennifer Lawrence, and I enjoy Chris Pratt. And they have some great on-screen chemistry as they embody two lonely travelers who happened to wake up early from their hibernation pods on a 120-year journey to take residence on a new colony (planet). This, of course, means that they will not live enough to see life on the new planet unless they can figure out a way to put themselves back to sleep.
But it is the central question that their relationship evokes that was the most compelling part of this film. Director Tyldom does a really great job at kind of simplifying the world in which they live without any of it feeling unnecessary or cheesy. The robots have their place and the futuristic technology all seems fairly realistic. Even the concept of the hibernation pods seems to be the most likely and sensible way humankind could make this sort of journey. What Tyldom has done is create a science fiction story that is accessible even for those who don't enjoy the genre, and this allows the relationship, and the question it evokes, to rise to the surface.
And the question really allows the viewer to put themselves in the characters shoes. The choices that are made and the responses that follow are hard ones, but they say something about the human longing, the human need for community and the struggle of feeling alone. And when you cast this from the perspective of the space that surrounds them, it really gives a sense of just how expansive this need really is, and how far-reaching the question ultimately goes. It makes for some truly powerful sequences with both main characters really having the chance to explore the depths of their performance.
The film does take a slight turn away from the relationship and towards an extended action sequence in the final quarter of the film, but it manages to bring it all back together in the final moments, leaving us with the opportunity to foster some great dialogue after the end credits roll as well.