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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…
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…
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…
“Why do we struggle to breathe a more righteous breath, when we all end up in the same place?”
Ah. Love. Oh how I was built up, and then slowly broken down. Not in emotion, but rather in disappointment. Love seemed to be primarily about a director trying to find his style, and doing so by presenting us with a medley of director homages.
Love opens up to a beautifully shot and narrated Civil War era theme, which I can only draw comparisons from something Malick would have produced. Key elements about death, living and how you get from one to another were contemplated and discussed in a way I felt moving. I was hooked. This was definitely the best…
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.
Wholly fuck! Was I just totally enthralled for eighty minutes by a film in which virtually nothing happens!?!?
Wholly fuck! That wanker from that terrible band is the reason this film got made at all?!?!?
Wholly fuck! They made this with HOW little money?!?!?
Did nothing just happen...
... Or did EVERYTHING just happen?
We've gotten to that point where a low-budget movie is marked more by its script than its production values. The latter are impressive and skilled, a few questionable moments of aesthetic taste aside. The former is... muddled, at best, pseudo-profound at worst. Points for ambition, but as one-man-alone-in-space stories go... MOON it ain't. Or 2001, its obvious near-competitor.
Especially embarrassing is the manner in which the filmmakers feel the need to obviate their generic themes, while offering little in the way of plot or character drive.
Better luck next time, it turns out. Their next film would be THE SIGNAL -- a great leap forward in scripting, if still not-quite-there-yet.
On to the next one, guys.
Quote from my full review (filmreviews12.com/2014/09/16/love-2011/ ): "A worthwhile movie for those in search of a unique, ambitious, and thought-provoking project."
It was an interesting experience to watch William Eubank's second film before his first, as I can see how the former is a dramatic improvement on the former.
He certainly is a talent to watch with a keen eye for striking visuals but he absolutely must cool it with the whole mobile advert/we're all at one with nature/meaningful slo-mos vibe, as nobody wants to watch the terrible last scene on the beach in The Tree Of Life stretched to a whole feature film.
Being a fan of indie lo-fi sci-fi I should enjoyed Love a lot more, with its theme of extreme loneliness in space did it not feel like it had been directed by the marketing department of O2,…
If this is a pretentious film then I love its pretentions. If it's just a long form music video then thank god for long form music videos. Beside the beautiful visuals that Eubanks creates is an experience of disconnection leading to transcendence. The film clearly owes a lot to 2001 but is still a delight of aesthetic thought and execution. Days after watching this the first time I still thought about its progression, juxtapositions and its bleak but hopeful conclusion. Excited to see Eubanks' next film.
Película de ciencia ficción con claras reminiscencias a "Moon" de Duncan Jones y 2001 de Kubrick pero mucho más pedante e inconexa, una decepción de esta mini cinta de culto de ciencia ficción de la cual esperaba más.
Beautiful photography, loose plot
This low-budget film depicts the struggle of astronaut Lee Miller (Gunner Wright) being cut from contact with Earth and left adrift on board the ISS. It delves into the human spirit and how we are all connected to one another, basically how most of the best science fiction narratives are told. Many scenes and themes related extensively to 2001: A Space Odyssey, but not executed quite as brilliantly. Nevertheless, Love is a pleasing melancholy experience for sci-fi fans.
Some nice direction, admirable use of a limited budget and a surprisingly restrained score from the band led by the guy who used to be in Blink-182 can't hide that Love is a simple blend of Moon, 2001 and Solaris with - incredibly - even more pomposity. And Gunner Wright, who seemingly makes most of his living voicing characters for mediocre computer games and was seemingly actually christened Gunner, is no Sam Rockwell, Donatas Banionis or even Keir Dullea.
A terrific sci-fi film that examines loneliness, the journey of life and how we touch others. Absolutely loaded with imagery that will give you plenty to think about after the credits have rolled. A must watch film for those bored by the CGI, inane dialogue and weak characterisation and plots of modern science fiction movies.
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