APPROACHING THE UNKNOWN REVIEWED
“Approaching the Unknown” is a look at the isolation that an astronaut feels on his solo trip to Mars. While space exploration seems to be hot again on film, it makes me wonder. Why now? Well, other actors appear via video footage back to Earth and in another rocket. But, nothing truly matters as the film focuses so hard on navel gazing.
But is it navel gazing? Sluggishness is not that out of place when it comes to meditation. It’s just that meditative character studies don’t make for great films. The lack of any forward thrust makes the outing hard for any casual viewer. This is a rare event when I can go into a film so very cold. But, that’s where I am.
Mark Strong is an incredible actor and he’s actually great in this. It’s just that I needed more than 90 minutes of a film hanging on his basic movements. The argument about “The Martian” comes up, but that had multiple jump cuts and Matt Damon actually moving about and doing things. Plus, Damon got to have fun and show a personality. Rent it, but only if you’re curious.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1