Prospect (2018)

Day: January 18th, Movie: 18

Pedro Pascal is hot right now. Not only is he about to appear in the third season in The Mandalorian, but he is starring in HBO Max’s new video game drama, The Last of Us. Tonight, I watched Prospect, a sci-fi film on Hulu, for the Genre-ary Sci-Fi DailyView.

According the IMDB, “A teenage girl (Sophie Thatcher) and her father (Jay Duplass) travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They’ve secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon’s toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest’s other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father’s greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.”

There are some interesting moments between Sophie Thatcher and Pedro Pascal. The interactions with these two characters are one of the stronger aspects of the movie. Admittedly, their relationship was a little unwieldly to start with considering the circumstances. The partnership of necessity felt a little rushed, though it also provided us with some solid work,

The science fiction parts of the film worked well and I did like the fact that the typical alien lifeforms were kept to a minimum. When Pedro Pascal joined the film, things picked up drastically. The initial scene with Pascal and Duplass was fire and led to a situation where Thatcher had to work with Pascal.

Pascal with a younger character, almost the young cub mentality, seems to be one of his specialties.

There was one particularly brutal scene about midway through the film that was unexpected and was difficult to think about as I watched it. There was a THUD at the end of the scene that was especially troublesome.

However, I thought the choice of these characters having to wear these spacesuits, including the large helmets, was not the best choice. All we got was heavy breathing in them and they prevented some facial reactions. I understand the choice, but I would think that the film could have had a planet that had breathable oxygen just for the sake of the drama.

Prospect was fine. I loved Pedro Pascal, who seems to always be a special performer, and Sophie Thatcher was decent. The story may have been a touch slow and yet progressed quickly. I enjoyed watching this enough, but I probably will not remember much about it down the road.

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