Stars: Sunny Mabrey, Lance Broadway, T.J. Hoban, Christian Pitre, Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Ursula Mills, Weetus Cren, Michael Nouri | Written and Directed by Ian Truitner
The deep space mining vessel Atromitos has been adrift for two years. It is suspected that most of the crew had brutally killed each other for reasons unknown. Genetically modified “superior” humans are sent to investigate the marooned ship and recover the only survivor. Under the stress of isolation in outer space, the crew begins to exhibit unexpected character flaws. Cracks appear within the group which threaten the success of the mission and their chances of getting home alive.
The complete antithesis your typical direct to market sci-fi fare, Deep Space is one of those sci-fi movies that, despite using a lot of familiar tropes and cliches, still manages to rise above the generic flotsum of the DTV sci-fi market. It does so in the best way possible – it asks the kind of questions only science fiction can answer: questions about humanity, genetics, and how technology impacts the human condition.
Suprisingly, it would seem Ridley Scott’s classic Alien, and in particular the idea of a robot infiltrating the ranks of the space-faring crew for their own agenda, has had the biggest influence on Deep Space. Well, that and sci-fi horror hybrid (and a film that has, over the years been subject to a LOT of reappraisal) Event Horizon. Though what should be noted about director Ian Truitner’s sci-fi film is that the clues to the story within it are laid bare in the films original title “Teleios”, which is Greek for complete/perfect and in the name of the mining vessel “Atromitos”, which also means fearless/dauntless… Make of that what you will.
If you like your sci-fi to mix action with intellect, don’t let the familar subject matter put you off and grab Deep Space when it hits DVD next week.
101 FIlms will release Deep Space on DVD here in the UK on February 6th.