Space Station 76
Comedy / Drama / Sci-Fi
Space Station 76
Comedy / Drama / Sci-Fi
Space Station 76 is a refueling satellite near an alternate-reality Earth, circa 1976. Jessica arrives to serve as the station's new first mate. While she narrates a piece about how she likes the predictability of asteroids, some placidly drifting asteroids are shown colliding in chain-reaction fashion. While at first the station appears normal and the people friendly, Jessica soon discovers that the people on board have issues due to the isolation and stress of being cooped up with one another in a relatively small space far from Earth. This is in addition the usual problems people struggle with, such as infidelity, loneliness, depression, and drug abuse. She tries to make friends and fit in, but, unable to connect meaningfully with anyone, she becomes lonely. She's baffled and disillusioned by the stiff and irritable Captain Glenn, who harbors secrets of his own. She finds herself drawn to Ted, a lonely, married crewman, and his 7 year-old daughter, Sunshine. Ted yearns to reconnect...
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Just not what you expect these days and funny in its own way
Reading the comments and ratings, this movie does not seem to be watched by the right people. I think the problem seems to be in the expectations and the movie being something different than what we are used to these days when you read the plot of the movie.
If you expect a normal sci-fi, where the sci-fi part is important for the story, it's not, it's just the setting. The cheap 70's sci-fi look is humor for me.
If you expect a comedy, with clear, loud jokes, or people being funny, it's not. I found the humor more in the irony and in the annoyingness and painfulness of the characters.
If you expect a spectacular blockbuster, it's not, it's almost more an art-house movie.
If you expect a serious drama, it's not, although it is about loneliness and emptiness in people.
So yes, I actually did enjoy it, because it was different and well made.
Contrastive to every other review here...
I went into this not wanting to watch it - and was left a little perplexed by the dislike for this film; as was my other half. I think part of it could be cultural and us Brits having a different sense of humour to Americans/Canadians (which is where this film has thus far been released).
Frankly, I found this a lot more entertaining than comedies like 'Bad Neighbors', 'This is the End', 'Pineapple Express', 'Hangover'... or basically anything with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill or Michael Cera - these sort of films generally seem to unimpress me and make the rare list of things I end up turning off. I'm not saying they are terrible films... I'm just saying that *I* think they are terrible utter rubbish 'movies' (or rather, polished turds) that should have never been made. Again; probably my different sense of humour, contrastive to a lot of reviewers here who have echoed similar thoughts about Space Station 76.
Now, Space Station 76 isn't paced to have you laughing at every second - and it is deliberately slow as a film; rather, it's a window into daily life in space coupled with awkward discourse and events amongst the small community on the ship. It's evident this is going to end up as more of a cult movie: it deserves to be.
The sets are wonderfully put together and create a consistent sense of galactic immersion, the acting is brilliant, the cast is filled with a lot of familiar faces from great films and the comedy delivers well. Yes, it might not all be inoffensive - but it's pretty brilliant.
This is a great movie the way it is. Things do get a little dry at either end of the film but it's forgivable.
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A not-so-funny but poignant allegory
If you're expecting a comedy, you're better off looking elsewhere. Despite the label, I didn't find this film funny at all, but rather quite tragic with scattered moments of pitch-black humor.
That said, this was a rather clever and poignant allegory of middle- class suburban living aboard a spaceship floating through a region of space devoid of any other ships, inhabited planets or stations. It's this pervasive sense of isolation that becomes a recurring theme as we meet the motley crew of characters, each suffering from some form of emotional disconnect, not only from the rest of the station's crew, but from themselves as well. The themes present in this film are universal and are relevant today despite the retro setting.
These characters broke my heart, but none more so the leading trio of the captain, lieutenant and Ted played by Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer respectively. Wilson's role in particular tugged at my heart. And of course Matt Bomer shines no matter what role he's given. His portrayal of Ted the welder comes across as extremely authentic despite the sometimes gauche elements of the film.
While I did enjoy the movie I found the ending a little abrupt and disappointing, as if they'd made their point and decided to leave it there instead of providing some sort of thematic resolution.
Don't watch Space Station 76 expecting a slick, CGI-tastic sci-fi movie. Similarly, don't go in expecting a raucously funny Austin Powers-esque romp. This movie is neither and so much more. It's a study of human nature and family drama, the secrets we keep from our loved ones and the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive the daily grind of existence.