• 01 May - 07 May, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

Netflix’s Stowaway may have us wondering, what hath Gravity wrought? Although astronaut movies have been a staple of cinema for decades. In Stowaway, it’s Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette and Daniel Dae Kim’s turn, under the guidance of director Joe Penna, and here’s hoping it doesn’t find us feeling space-d out. Notably not a NASA rocket, but one that says Hyperion on the side, probably because space travel is corporately privatised in this wholly plausible future reality, is heading to Mars for a two-year mission. Three astronauts are on board: Pragmatic commander Marina Barnett (Collette), perky medic Zoe Levenson (Kendrick) and queasy biologist David Kim (Kim). They rumble and shake and jostle and FEEL THE GEES as Earth gets smaller and smaller behind them. There’s a bloop on a panel and a raised eyebrow, and Marina’s finger hovers over the ABORT switch, but mission control says it’s nothing they can’t handle, so she doesn’t flip it. Marina’s walking around the tightly constructed spaces of their ship when she looks up at a panel and sees blood oozing from the corner. She removes the screws and out falls unconscious Michael (Shamier Anderson), who pins her forearm to the floor, and notably is not an alien with large sharp teeth, because that’s always a possibility in these movies, isn’t it? Zoe stitches up Michael’s wound and 3-D prints a cast for Marina’s injured arm. When Michael comes to, he’s shocked. Stowaway is very much the stuff of its genre though.