The Midnight Sky Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Pros: Several relatively good CGI scenes; Kaoylynn Springall as Iris Cons: Simple fantasy story with lots of inconsistencies; mediocre script predetermination of most scenes; tightness; poor direction The Midnight Sky / “Midnight Sky”

Genre fantasy, drama
Directed by George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney (Augustine Lofthouse), Ethan Peck (young Augustine Lofthouse), Felicity Jones (Sally Rambshire), David Oyelowo (Commander Tom Aidwall), Tiffany Boone (Maya Peters), Demian Bichir (Sanchez), Kyle Chandler (Mitchell) , Kaoylynn Springall (Iris) and others.
Студии Anonymous Content, Syndicate Entertainment, Netflix
Release year 2020
Site IMDb

The favorite of women, George Clooney, has recently rarely appeared on the big screens, preferring to act as a producer and director. And if in the series he flashes from time to time, remember his small but very bright role in Catch-22 / Catch-22, then the last films with the participation of the actor were Hail, Caesar! and Money Monster, released four years ago. Well, if you look at the picture in this aspect, then the appearance of The Midnight Sky on Netflix can only be welcomed, however, we are not at all sure that the role of a dying alcoholic is exactly the role that Clooney would like to see his fans.

In The Midnight Sky, based on the novel Good Morning Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, George Clooney plays the last man on Earth. Dr. Augustine Lofthouse is dying of an unnamed disease, but before he dies, he must fulfill an extremely important mission – to contact the crew of a spacecraft returning from an expedition to Jupiter and warn them of the situation on Earth, which has become uninhabitable. The ship must return to one of the moons of Jupiter and, having founded a colony there, revive civilization.


The fantasy plot is perhaps the weakest part of The Midnight Sky, and it is better to turn off critical thinking when perceiving it. We are never told why the Earth’s atmosphere became unbreathable, but whatever it was, we are not told why earthlings gave up so easily and sat down at home in meek expectation of death. Why was the ISS evacuated? It is more logical to try to create an ark on its basis, as in the novel by Neal Stevenson “Semivie”! Why aren’t colonial ships sent to Jupiter? How is it that there is no communication with the returning ship? Damn it, now scientists are quietly communicating with probes that go beyond the solar system, but here it’s just some kind of fatal “Out of range”! On what trajectory did the Efir return, that in its ballistic section it should fly with the engines turned on? Where do meteor showers come from inside the orbit of Mars? With what speed and what courses did the meteor shower cross the trajectory of the “Ether” that caused precisely such, very modest and accurate damage? And so on. It is better not to ask these questions, it is not necessary.


Especially considering that the fantastic setting in The Midnight Sky is nothing more than a backdrop for showing the personal drama of Augustine Lofthouse, a drama so banal that it’s even surprising that someone decided to shoot an entire feature film based on it. It turns out that the outstanding scientist Augustine Lofthouse, who made many important discoveries, including, by the way, the very moon of Jupiter on which you can establish a colony, and so, an outstanding scientist who devoted his whole life to science … missed life itself. Well… the conclusion is so nontrivial that it will even be directly repeated directly to the camera in the middle of the film. Well, for the audience to understand what they spent almost two hours of now their lives.


An “unexpected” plot twist is also connected with the drama of Augustine Lofthouse, which is calculated even before the appearance of an additional character in the film. However, this very character, the little girl Iris, is perhaps the only bright spot in the entire film. Young Caolynn Springall, most of the scenes with which there are no words at all, seems to have played better than Clooney, and Felicity Jones, and Ethan Peck, who plays the role of young Augustine Lofthouse.


But what frustrates the most in The Midnight Sky is not even the senselessness of the plot, the incredibly stretched timing, the surprisingly weak direction and some kind of simply indecent predictability of each of the scenes … the hopelessness that fills the picture is most frustrating. The Earth here surrendered without a fight, and the two survivors will not be able to revive civilization in the orbit of Jupiter, this is simply impossible from the point of view of biology …


Very mediocre drama in a fantastic setting. Pointless and incredibly predictable

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