Aniara (Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja, 2018)
Aniara, the movie, loses its way when Aniara, the spaceship, loses it as well. And, unfortunately, all of this happens right at the beginning.
What was meant to be a luxurious cruise through the galaxy, with unlimited meals, an amazing indoor pool and breathtaking views of the stars, soon becomes a hellish voyage towards the emptiness of the universe. Aniara focuses on a nameless character that, just like our favourite TV councilwoman Leslie Knope, tries to find optimism and justice in the direst of circumstances, but some jarring contrivances will take care of wearing her down throughout its entire running time.
Even though Aniara is an impressive sci-fi feature that overcomes its budget limitations, the screenplay doesn’t delve too much into how it feels to be destined to certain death. The movie, instead, resorts to a cluster of Apocalypse clichés—cults, political prisoners, and incompetent fascist leaders—that doesn’t provide anything new to the lost-in-space genre.
Directed by Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja | 2018 | Sweden, Denmark
Main cast: Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian, Anneli Martini, Jennie Silfverhjelm, Emma Broomé, Jamil Drissi