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Have you ever felt alone?...What if you truly were?
After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity - and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship.
Love is an ambitious and ambiguous slice of lo-fi sci-fi. Referencing everything from 2001 to Carl Sagan it is a film interested in BIG ideas but not necessarily equipped with the skills to explore and express them fully. It is a film that attempts to capture our insignificance within the universe but the extraordinary importance of the connections we make with those around us.
Astronaut Lee Miller, after losing all contact with Earth, is left to orbit our planet aboard the ISS. With no contact, Miller struggles to remain sane until he discovers a civil war diary aboard the ship. Is the diary imagined or real? Does it matter either way? Not particularly as the film’s ambiguity and non-linear structure…
Ambitious and reaching (it's titled "Love" for goodness' sakes) science fiction that drifts and wanders but delivers impressive visuals and a thought-provoking story. Numerous dialogue free passages feel like mini-music videos, but the rather generic soundtrack doesn't deliver a necessary strong motif or memorable theme to provide enough momentum or cohesion.
Quite a few directors have come from the world of music videos, often times when making the jump to feature films a director will bring over some of the stylings from their video days, though it's probably rarely intentional. The same cannot be said of Love, a film which is essentially the world's longest, most boring music video ever. The passion project of rock band Angels & Airwaves, Love tells the story of Captain Lee Miller, a lone astronaut taking care of the International Space Station, everything is all well and good, until his communication with Earth vanishes one day, leaving him truly and completely alone.
Except he's not alone, he has the ghosts of countless better sci-fi films to keep…
It's not often that a film is criticized for being too ambitious, but that's what I'm going to propose here - Love tries to do too much. A film that's ostensibly about an astronaut that loses contact with mission control and faces pure isolation among the stars attempts to become something a lot grander in the final act. When the focus was on Captain Lee Miller's complete disconnect from the entire earth and his attempt to deal with the realization that he's probably more physically alone than any human in history, the film was in it's stride. It allowed director William Eubank to utilize cramped close-ups and a claustrophobic style that hid the fact that this is a low-budget film,…
Remember 2001? Remember that guy from Blink-182? Remember the cinematographer for Knowing? Well, what if I told you these three disparate entities combined into ONE 80 MINUTE MOVIE?!
They have, and this is it. Like the music and band by which it is commissioned, it's pretentious far beyond it's reach, sickeningly syrupy, and trying really hard to be something that came before (in the Music's case, it's U2, and here it's 2001).
But Love can't help but win me over with it's earnestness. By the point where when they just give up pretending and straight up do the last 10 minutes of 2001, I'm fully onboard with it's sheer lack of cynicism, and I'm just happy it exists.
Love is about an astronaut, Lee Miller, who is relegated to a completely solitary existence aboard the International Space Station. After he's abandoned and completely cut off from the world and humanity, he quite understandably loses his grip on reality and is crippled by loneliness. When he finds an old civil war journal hidden in the station, things get… interesting. That's all I'll say to avoid spoilers.
I have a love-hate relationship with microbudget films. In the case of Love, I actually kinda dug the creative, lo-fi visuals. A lot of thought went into set and costume design, as well as creating a visual difference between the scenes that take place in the present and the past. Where the film…
Decent indy science fiction film.
Yeah it kinda references classic science fiction mostly Kubrick's 2001, but it kinda tells a coherent story. Like the civil war scenes though those were stunning.
But it will irk some people because of the scientific inaccuracies. Like the whole "everything is solid and people don't float around in a big space station." Seriously?
It is pretty to look at though.
Love is the directorial debut of William Eubank (who went on to direct The Signal) produced solely by Angels and Airwaves (which is the only reason I was interested if I'm being completely honest. It's a highly ambitious sci-fi film that misses it's mark, but damnit it was still worth a watch.
- cinematography is incredible
- the score is great
- the premise is pretty cool
- all visuals really
- we didn't need the Civil War book subplot at all, it added nothing except some fantastic war cinematography
- the actor was pretty bad at times
- this could have been condensed into a short and been twice as good
- dragged multiple times and felt completely disjointed
Chosen by: Nick G.
Like 'Yearbook' but a hell of a lot more confusing and pretentious, and a lot less concise.
The core theme speaks about loneliness and how our lives don't matter, and we're insignificant specs, and so on. It's a great theme, but one that becomes muddled and mishandled for the majority of this film.
The way the director expresses this theme with the potentially fictional diary, just felt out of place. It was unique but the film tries to blend to types of film together with the shared theme, and it just doesn't come across very well. It is a smart idea, but one that Eubank just couldn't handle.
Obviously the film is sporadically beautiful. The shots of Outer Space are…
O filme é lindo visualmente, com cenas criativas e sem excessos nos efeitos especiais! A trilha sonora também é marcante, mas a história infelizmente fica bem confusa a partir de certo ponto. Em alguns momentos me lembrou "The Fountain", "Lunar" e, claro, "2001". Gostaria de rever, pois não entendi várias coisas, mas cadê coragem? Tem seu mérito, mas definitivamente não é um filme pra ver tarde da noite.
Oh if it weren’t for the rules that I’ve set forth on this challenge, I absolutely would have stopped the film and watched 2001. Also, please excuse me I didn’t know that Angels and Airwaves made this film. Love isn’t actually terrible, the film is about as interesting as any other space film. I imagine the upcoming The Martian will be similar to this, but of course with more Matt Damon, and who couldn’t use a little more of him in their life.
If writer/director William Eubank really made this ambitious science fiction drama for $500,000, color me impressed. Its primary set, an international space station populated solely by American astronaut Lee Miller (Gunner Wright), was reportedly built by Eubank in his parents’ yard. Cinematography is striking all the way through, music by rock band Angels & Airwaves (which also financed the picture) is evocative, and the visual effects are nicely done. However, the logy pacing and obfuscating story may drive you mad.
Opening during a Civil War battle during which a Union soldier is sent into the desert to investigate something mysterious (we aren’t told what it is until much later), LOVE then jets 200 years into the future to Miller’s day-to-day drudgery…
Well.. WOW!! As I finished watching this TOTALLY confusing science fiction film.. I can only think that either I am a dimwit and am missing completely what the writers were tying to say. Or.. the writers are themselves dimwits and put a bunch of random chaos on the screen just for fun.
It appears that the writers were trying for a cross between 2001 and Moon... with a whole bunch of freaky philosophy thrown in.. the problem is that there is no tying thread to hold it all together. When the movie goer leaves feeling that he doens't know what the point was.. then you have failed..
Personally I LOVE deep science fiction.. but this wasn't deep.. just incomprehensible.
Mein absoluter Platz 1 Lieblingsfilm! Selten sieht man so wunderschöne Bilder, die um eine ziemlich intelligente Handlung gewickelt ist.
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