Quite astonishingly, this movie cost just €5m to make. There are $150m movies that don't look as good. The special effects, cinematography and general ambiance of most of this, it's a pleasure for the eyes. Immaculate detail, ambitious 'what's that on the horizon?'-style scope, wonderful colour punching through the dreary world. They deserve awards for the technical side.
Then we get to the 'but' - Vesper should've been a short film. It simply doesn't have the narrative strength to carry nearly two hours of grindingly slow drama and wafer thin characters: if there was a fraction of that time to fill instead and with the same genius making it look so damn beautiful it would've been truly special.
A thunderously bleak slice of sci fi with more than a hint of a message about ecological ethics and responsibilities when it's not a dull serving of pure misery with Eddie Marsan bullying everyone he interacts with.