SocietyReviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
I understand why there is such a split between critics and audiences with this film and it's because the audiences got bamboozled. This is not a sci-fi film, this is a 2-hour movie of Brad Pitt dealing with his daddy issues. Sure the film is set in a time of super-advanced space travel and the corporatization of the f***king moon but don't expect the film to play upon the universe that it has created for itself because they won't. The film is a slow, boring, character study of a man whose entire life revolves around his damaged relationship with his father from when he was a teenager. So now this 50-year-old man mopes around emotionless because of his refusal to move on with his life.
I can't knock the film too hard because it's a technical marvel. The effects are great, the acting is good, and the cinematography is stellar but you can't shake the fact that there is a far more interesting story in this universe than the movie is trying to tell you. Why is there an Applebee's on the moon? How did we build an antenna from the ground level that reaches outta space? Why are there space pirates? How is there a functioning society on Mars? All of this technological advancement and you guys can't find ONE alien???
The more I thought about this film the less I liked it. It's a technically well made movie with a piss poor script.