Sunday 22 September 2019

Aniara review: 'A film full of ideas'

3 stars

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Based on a singularly gloomy 1950s poem Harry Martinson, Aniara cogently makes the point that if mankind ever does manage to leave this blighted planet for another, we’ll bring our problems with us.

In the future, freak storms and raging fires have made life on Earth a purgatory, so Sweden’s wealthiest file on board a luxury spaceship bound for Mars.

The Ariana is a bit like one of those pimped-up cruise liners, but early in the voyage something goes amiss, the ship drifts off course and the well-heeled guests succumb to their worst excesses.

The special effects are at times pedestrian, but this is a film full of ideas.

(No cert, IFI, 106mins)

Irish Independent

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