- Actors: Emelie Jonsson
- Directors: Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja
- Format: Blu-ray
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Studio: Magnolia
- DVD Release Date: August 20, 2019
- Run Time: 106 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- ASIN: B07QKJBY1K
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With Earth in disrepair and no longer inhabitable, the human race begins to leave the planet for a new home on Mars. One of the departing vessels, the ship Ankara, runs through a field of space wreckage shortly after takeoff and is damaged beyond repair. With Ankara knocked off-course and drifting powerlessly out of control, the crew and passengers alike must wrestle with the reality of their fate. Crew member MR (Emelia Jonson) operates a sentient computer that allows humans to experience idyllic memories of their lives on Earth. As the ship drifts further into space, the passengers begin to lose hope and sanity amid the growing sense of disaster. Pressure builds on MR as she is the only one who can keep the burgeoning insanity and lethal depression at bay.
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The film revolves around MR (Emelie Jonsson), the tech who operates the Mima, a computerized program that provides vivid hallucinations of earth. It’s an attraction that is initially little used by the passengers but as the journey wears on becomes so vital to so many it burns out. Stripped of its comfort and facing an unknown future the populace reacts in various ways. There are numerous suicides (the despondent astronomer being one of the first) while others form orgiastic cults (be warned there is relatively brief but graphic nudity here – European filmmakers are less panicked by a glimpse of willie). The years stretch on and on with no alteration to the ship’s destiny – food of a sort is not a problem because of what’s being grown in the greenhouse (a plant that also provides oxygen). But a hopeless ennui rules until it is discovered that a probe (at first thought to be a rescue craft) is on course to the ship. It’s thought that its fuel can be transferred to the Aniara but that becomes a false hope when no one can figure out how to open the mysterious, rocket-shaped object. The film is a pretty grim affair and might be intolerably downbeat save for director/co-scripter Pella Kågerman’s dispassionate approach. Still it’s not a production for everyone, not even for all sci-fi fans; there are no phaser battles and nothing explodes. This is for those who can appreciate a more thoughtful approach – and one that will likely haunt them for some time to come.
1. A spaceship designed from cruise liner blueprints. Same rectangular (lego like) multi-deck ornate excessively heavy materials that you would find built only on land or on a large cruise ship. Gawd!
2. On again, off again gravity (except for one floating book it was gravity as if still on Earth); that made zero sense. Humorous "Captain speaking, put on seat belts". Help!
3. Three weeks to Mars? Who are they kidding - grade schoolers?
4. Fortunately no zooming sounds as it moves through the vacuum of space, but they did have (and tiresomely repeated) a low frequency humming sound audible in space & typically found on generators in sailing cruise liners.
5. Dumb lack of avoidance detection sensors for space debris.
6. Really dumb when faced w/possible delay in space that they continue to excessively burn calories as if food & O2 were infinite.
7. Remotely reading multiple people's memories & creating augmented reality with Mima swirling lights was beyond fantasy to stupid.
8. Suppose to be a psychodrama on humans under stress turned out to be typical Swedish nude scenes w/a touch of sex of course.
The film has hope and they survive off the algae. It examines people over long term relationships stuck in one space,
Guide: No F-word. Sex and nudity.