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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…
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…
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?
“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…
Lone astronaut on International Space Station, Lee Miller, loses contact with earth. Flashbacky obsession, Civil-War journal reading, and moody, atmospheric music result.
Perhaps it is the full-blooded Virginian DNA in my bones that makes me weepy at Civil War reminiscing, or maybe the opening sequence is just that good, but I was hooked from the start. Looping in the frustrations and flashbacks of Miller with his obsession with a civil war journal telling the story of the discovery of an alien object in the meteor crater near Winslow, Arizona that I drove right past last month, the film floats us through his isolation and despair. Excellent soundtrack music by Angels & Airwaves, who produced the film, keeps us floating. The cinematography…
I spotted this one on BBC iPlayer and went into it pretty much blind; not having heard of it or with any idea what it was about apart from an isolated astronaut. Looking at Rotten Tomatoes and the IMDB message board afterward, I can see that it's really divided opinions. As for me, well... I won't claim that I understood it entirely, but I will say that I loved it.
The story essentially follows a lone astronaut on a near future space station. Just as he's due to return to Earth something happens - what is never entirely clear, but let's say nuclear war - and he is left stranded. What follows is a slow, beautiful, impressionistic struggle with isolation backed by an incredibly atmospheric Angels & Airwaves added loads to the atmosphere.
I'd recommend it myself, but it really doesn't seem to be for everyone.
Looked nice, but it felt pompous. Its homages to sci-fis like 2001 felt more like blatant plagiarism in spots.
William Eubank must have seen a Malick film, he must love Aranofsky's The Fountain and he has clearly seen 2001 and he has a guilty love for Castaway which is all great but he mashes them all up and you get this intriguing, beguiling hugely ambitious Mess of a film that I have no real clue on how I feel about it. This film is the Scifi equivalent to Anh Hung Tran's masterfully chaotic noir/horror/religious allegory mish mash I Come With The Rain in the sense that I can see myself still processing its insanity in 3 or 4 years time.
i think it was supposed to be some profound movie about connections and interconnectedness? but ironically, nothing about this movie connects up. Boosh! Tree of life vibes, in a way.
Well.... I put this on my iPhone to watch on my journey home. It opens with good 5 minute scene depicting the American Civil War - it then cuts to a bloke Lee Miller on the international space station (in the future, although we don't find that out till half way through), he's on a solo mission, and after a little while of montaging about the place, he is cut off from 'Houston' and is isolated completely. This lasts for about 6 years... all the while it's cutting between video interviews of people talking about vague things, of the astronaut in his space suit wandering around a deserted contemporary metropolitan landscape... he then finds the diary of the civil war…
Although it's a little difficult to connect to, I find this small film is growing on me as I get older. I'd be interested to know if the makers of Gravity have seen it. Very existential. And, for what you have to assume is a minuscule budget, looks great. I can't say I entirely understand it though - which is part of the growing pleasure.
A tale of breakdown, loss and disconnection which uses disconnection to tell the tale and pose its questions. As the main character's universe shrinks into himself it also expands into himself. For what half a million dollars could get you in film in 2011 it's pretty remarkable. If the film sends out just one ripple it has, I guess, worked.
The term "a beautiful mess" is an apt description. Visually and sonically, it's a breathtaking experience, which is made only more impressive considering the film's partly budget. The aesthetic is easily on par with larger event movies, echoing, but not being derivative of the work of Christopher Nolan. However, the film lacks any sense of coherence . And by that I don't mean the events and scenes are disparate or discontinuous. They are, but that isn't what hurts this film. Rather, it feels as if it doesn't have a well-formed idea of what it wants to say, so instead it substitutes meaning with one stunning piece of imagery after another, hoping to shake some emotion out of the viewer. Often…
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