The long and short of Space goes as follows: in the future year 2050, things ain’t fuckin’ nifty for Dr. Ada Gray (Lara Jean Sullivan) and her comrades aboard The Udo. You see, after one of your outer space accidents, which are a lot like normal accidents, just with the outer space part ramped-up considerably, these folks find themselves involved in a fight for survival leaves them stranded out in the middle of nowhere, your galaxy, U.S. of A.
Seems like a simple premise, and for the most part it is, but man does this flick do a ton of things right!
Let’s start with the cast, all of whom are pretty solid performers, but the stand-out for your’s cruelly was the aforementioned Lara Jean Sullivan who carries the picture with an engaging performance that adds a ton of heart and soul to a picture that has plenty to spare! Plus it’s always cool to see modern-day exploitation maestro Len Kabasinski’s name in the credits.
Also of note are the creative uses of limited sets and the utilization of strong costuming skills (courtesy of Doug Marr) that really bring the universe the film is set in to life. Speaking of that universe, various techniques such as news broadcasts, and scrolling update text help create a world out of next to nothing and gives the flick a nice mythology.
Speaking of budget, I’ve heard tale co-writer (along with Cooper Holmes who worked on the film’s story)/director Monte Light financed this film with earnings from a stint on The Price is Right. Since I haven’t been home sick from school since 1991 I can’t comment on the accuracy of this, but it’s a fun tidbit to pass along to you cats n’ creeps.
If you are looking for a low-budget sci-fi flick that will impress with what it delivers in both visuals and storytelling give Space your eerie eyeballs; I think you lot will be pleasantly surprised.