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WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Satellite” features one of my favorite actresses that hasn’t broke out yet. Stephanie Szostak helps to convince you of the central romance, it’s just the trappings that hang on the film take a lot to enjoy. You have to buy the central concept that these two are willing to run off into the wilds of an undiscovered America. Well, undiscovered by them. So much of this film is about two individuals becoming codependent and trying to hang their baggage each other. Eventually, it hits a point where they can’t deal with trying to live through the other one.
Romantic fables ask so much of an audience in an era of hipsters and unmitigated desires to act like your personal journey is the only one matters. Unconditional love isn’t real outside of dogs and very small children. Every relationship has conditions and the efforts of two young people to break out of the norm, still plays upon these conditions. Someone is always going to want a commitment, even if you’re trying to be a carefree vagabond. Basically, it comes down to the desire to have a sense of security.
Szostak handles that material far better than her male co-star. That being said, the script had a Catch-22 of presenting this material. If you go too realistic, then you make a doom and gloom movie about people with very big issues. If you go too soft, then it turns into another damn movie about a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Women and men don’t act like this, but do they need to in a filmed fantasy? That’s where I’m left stuck.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par with most indie features. The Dolby track lacks major punch-up. Plus, the transfer is typically standard. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
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