Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A few brief words on ASTRO (2018) Cannes 2018

Super rich billionaire who has his own space ships  brings an alien to earth and causes all sorts of problems.

Ultra low budget science fiction film feel like a weird mash up of some of the ultra inde sci-fi films of the 70's and 80's  mixed with the recent crop of low budget indes to create a film that is more interesting for what it's trying to do rather than what it really is. 

The problems being that the ultra low budget results in an uneven cast as well as an uneven look as some bits look funded and other bits look anemic. While I always try not to review the budget, here it's hard not to since sadly it's hard not to think "if only..." on more than a couple of occasions.

The other problem is the film is much too long at 105 minutes, and while it does it allow things not to be rushed, it also results in a frequent feeling that they should just get on with it.

While I can't say I'm a fan, I like the film enough that I am mentioning it here at Unseen Films instead of letting it disappear unnoted.

Worth a look for forgiving science fiction fans

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