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Tides (The Colony)
Germany/Switzerland 2021

Opening 26 Aug 2021

Directed by: Tim Fehlbaum
Writing credits: Tim Fehlbaum, Mariko Minoguchi, Jo Rogers, Tim Trachte
Principal actors: Nora Arnezeder, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Iain Glen, Sope Dirisu, Joel Basman

In the distant future, the space-faring survivors of the collapse of Earth seek to discover whether the planet has recovered enough to sustain life. Years earlier, the mission Ulysses disappeared without a trace. When the second mission, Ulysses 2, crash lands, astronaut Blake (Nora Arnezeder) must find a way to survive and complete the mission.

Although Tides impresses with its cinematography and production design, the unfortunately reality is that those two aspects cannot save it from being a wholly mediocre film. The story is derivative of practically every dystopian sci-fi produced in the last thirty years (Waterworld [1995], Children of Men [2006], Interstellar [2014] in particular). The motivations of the characters are particularly cookie-cutter, to the point where it almost feels like you could guess the dialogue before it was said. With the addition of uneven pacing, the end result is a rather boring feature which is all style and no substance. (Rose Finlay)

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