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I.S.S. - movie review




I.S.S.: A Space Odyssey in the Shadow of War


The sci-fi thriller, I.S.S., takes us back to the tension-filled era of the 80s, where the specter of war loomed large between the USA and Russia. Films like RED DAWN and THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER vividly portrayed the anticipation of an impending conflict for supremacy. However, I.S.S. explores a different battleground - space, where peace is put to the ultimate test. As war erupts on Earth, a group of astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station must navigate the thin line between following orders and trusting their instincts. In the vastness of space, humanity becomes its own worst enemy.


Gabriela Cowperthwaite's I.S.S. is an engaging feature that introduces a memorable cast of characters. The attention to detail in depicting the confines of the space station immerses the viewer in the weightless environment. While the film's outcome may be somewhat expected, Cowperthwaite skillfully creates a family-like setting among the crew, showcasing the potential greatness of a union between diverse cultures and backgrounds. The true horror of I.S.S. lies not in the fear of being lost or trapped, but in witnessing the rapid transformation of minds when there's nowhere else to turn.


Despite its limited release, I.S.S. promises to shine when it reaches streaming platforms. Ariana DeBose captivates from the moment she appears on screen, delivering a standout performance. Chris Messina complements the cosmonaut crew, including Masha Mashkova, Pilou Asbæk, and Costa Ronin. John Gallagher Jr.'s performance stands out, providing an expected yet relatable approach to handling a disastrous situation.


While I.S.S. may not break new ground in sci-fi thrillers, it resonates with the current global climate marked by multiple conflicts. In a world where wars persist, including tensions with Russia, the film raises awareness of the haunting "what if" scenarios. As we contemplate the potential destruction triggered by the push of a nuclear button, I.S.S. prompts us to ask: What if there's no longer a home to return to? Is anyone out there? Houston...


Rating: 3.0/5


Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, I.S.S. features a stellar cast including Ariana DeBose, Chris Messina, Masha Mashkova, Pilou Asbæk, and Costa Ronin.

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