Last week me and some friends popped up to London to take in a few flicks at the BFI London Film Festival. We took in a real gem of a SF flick called Mars. I showed up for the screening a few minutes late, rushed off my feet and stressed out and walked out with a smile on my face. My friends and I found ourselves raving about the movie for the rest of the day.
It’s a unique little movie featuring a unique rotoscoped style (think Walking Life, Through a Scanner Darkly) and a very original take. It’s not your typical rom com, nor is it your typical SF movie. The romance had a slow boil, bumbling true to life feel to it.
The SF was surprisingly well thought out which is the last thing you’d expect from a low budget SF comedy at a film festival. The treatment and attention to detail puts the vast majority of SF films to shame all without getting in the way. The makers of other SF films should be taking notes. It wasn’t all hard SF of course, there were two cutsey elements thrown in for effect.
Unfortunately as of this writing this film doesn’t have distribution yet. However check out it’s site here. It’s currently making the festival circuit and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a screening. If you get the chance to see this movie I heartily recommend going for it, you won’t regret it.