Love DVD review.
Milliseconds after breaking wind, he realised he’d made a terrible mistake.
Release Date: 18 February 2013
2011 | 12A | 80 minutes | £12.99 (DVD)/£14.99 (Blu-ray)
Distributor: High Fliers
Director: William Eubank
Cast: Gunner Wright, Bradley Horn, Corey Richardson
The notion of the lonesome astronaut has been in orbit ever since Major Tom found himself floating in a most peculiar way. Love, an ambitious, inscrutable piece of anti-blockbuster SF, sets its spaceman hero on a familiar trajectory of exile and alienation, marooned amongst the big questions of life, the universe and everything. Planet Earth is blue, and, as ever, there’s nothing we can do…
Essentially a one-hander, the weight of the movie rests on Gunner Wright as astronaut Lee Miller, sole inhabitant of the International Space Station. Ordered by Houston to “Sit still for a while”, he loses all contact with humanity and begins a fight to preserve his sanity beyond his homeworld’s gravitational pull. Wright’s a nicely vulnerable lead, capturing Miller’s emotional disintegration amongst the stars.
First-time director Eubank delivers some resonant visuals on a microscopic budget: a shot of Miller shaving while the Earth curves beneath a blue halo is a perfect collision of mundanity and wonder. The sets – handbuilt in Eubank’s own backyard – have an authentic sense of NASA’s functional jumble. The story, meanwhile, is frustratingly elliptical, content to serve up a big dish of profound with a side-salad of wilful obscurity. When it comes to the ending, it’s the viewer who does the heavy lifting. Maybe that’s no bad thing.
Stealing its visual and thematic cues from the likes of Moon, Solaris and 2001, Love’s an uneven but never less than intriguing trip into headspace.
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