Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Space Station 76

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56% (Critics) / 35% (Audience)
Directed By: Jack Plotnick
Written By: Jack Plotnick and Michael Stoyanov
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, Matt Bomer and Jerry O’Connell
Studio: Sony Pictures
Synopsis:A character-driven, domestic dramedy, which takes place in a 1970’s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide. – (Source)

The Good:
The look of this film is great. It gets exactly what the science fiction films set in the future looked like in 1970s movies. The clothing, sets and gadgets are all delightfully retro-futuristic.
The movie also assembles a very fine cast with Patrick Wilson standing out as the closeted captain of the space station trying to come to grips with his sexuality.
And the soundtrack was a terrific catalog of 70s AM rock.

The Bad:
The film is pretty much just a meandering melodrama that never really gets to any point at all. It is like a Wednesday episode of a daytime drama…last week’s cliffhanger was resolved on Monday and nothing of note will be happening till Friday and the audience has the misfortune of watching the events of a random middle of the week filler episode.

The Ugly:
You can’t keep showing a gigantic asteroid that is on a beeline towards the space station and not give the audience more of a pay off than what was shown.

Final Verdict: A visually fun movie that gets everything right about the era and genre that is is satirizing with a very capable cast but that, as a film, seems to just be floating aimlessly like an asteroid through space. The movie is just narratively empty.

Grade: C

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