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Sci-Fi - Dystopian Future

The Titan (2018)

Duration1h 37mRating (UK)15
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorLennart Ruff (First full length film as director)
Writers/ScriptMax Hurwitz (story Arash Amel)
StarringSam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson, Agyness Deyn, Nathalie Emmanuel

Elevator Pitch: In an attempt to safeguard the human race, as civilisation breaks down on the planet earth, a scientist sets up an isolated and protected  facility where suitable people can be genetically modified to survive on the moon Titan, the only other heavenly body in the solar system with an atmosphere. However, since the liquids on the moon are methane and the atmosphere is mainly nitrogen considerable modifications to the human volunteers are required in a very short timeframe. The volunteers are housed in luxury habitations and at first interact with each other but as time passes unexpected changes to them take place, endangering their partners and others in the community.

Content:  There is no sex or nudity, but people seen in their bathing suits at times. This is really a prolonged boot camp film as the volunteers are tried and tested, injected and changed. The Jenssen family often feature, and quite a lot of time is spent watching volunteers sitting on the bottom of swimming pools as they learn to survive without breathing much.  There are also shots of people taking exercise in the very attractive surroundings of their camp and finally an increasing level of violence and blood as the human bodies and minds fail to change in the way the scientists want them to.

A View: This was a Netflix film absolutely panned by the limited number of critics who had a look at it and it achieved a very low approval rating on IMDb. Sam Worthington came in for quite a bit of negative criticism. For me the idea was so loony that even Tom Wilkinson speaking with the voice of authority could not make it more viable, and in addition the volunteers were going to leave their spouses or families behind. But if you could get over these negatives and just see it as a mad scientist film it could be a watch for nothing.

Additional Info: The whole film was made in the Canary islands and some of it is very beautiful. I like the idea of a line of very luxurious houses on a mountain ridge. I hope they exist.

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