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Matt Wood’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
If I could, I’d give this film a 💔. I really love the first half or so. But then...
Everything is beautiful at first. It looks gorgeous. They live in the clouds and the ruined surface is beautifully desolate. They live a noble life and share an intimate relationship.
It’s all very beautiful...but with sinister undertones. And I think that’s what I love about the first half. The film does a great job of making everything feel like a facade before anything is actually revealed. It’s pretty, but doesn’t feel right, in a good way.
But, as the story gets revealed, it starts losing me. It’s not actually the story or plot that’s the problem. It’s details that don’t quite fit (the 5 minutes after Julia is shot), or exposition that goes on for too long (Beech), or audience mis-direction that feels cheap (second passenger).
When it’s simple and subtle it has me completely pulled in. But, the more threads, the less tightly it holds together.