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‘Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could; they didn't stop to think if they should.’ - Prof. Ian Malcolm - Chaotician
The Titan is a 2018 Netflix science fiction movie about the fight to save mankind from the complete destruction of the planet by using controversial forced evolution gene therapy. The movie was directed by German director Lennart Ruff, who has also directed ‘Nocebo’. The Titan features action movie star Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Terminator Salvation) as LT. Rick Janssen, Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty, The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Prof. Martin Collingwood, and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones, Fast & Furious 7) as Tally Rutherford. The Titan is the third movie to be filmed in the Canary Islands starring Sam Worthington. The previous two movies were Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans.
The planet Earth is steadily disintegrating, having been caused by nuclear devastation and a myriad of environmental disasters. Realizing that saving the planet is no longer viable, the world's top scientists decide, for the good of mankind, it would be better to colonize another planet instead. The largest moon of the planet Saturn, Titan, is chosen, the only problem - it's completely unsuitable for human life. A radical decision is taken, to genetically modify a select few human beings to allow them to live in Titan’s harsh conditions. Those that survive the process to become super humans will become Titan’s first colonists. Rick Janssen is one of the candidates selected to be a part of the program and is moved to a top secret base in order to start the procedure. At first things go well, all of the candidates are in high spirits, but as the various treatments are administered, a range of strange and alarming side effects occur. A big question starts to arise, are they really creating super humans, or are they creating something else, something primal and uncontrollable, that could put the entire human race in mortal danger?
The Titan is another movie that is a Netflix Original. They are starting to draw a lot of high-profile actors into their movies now, for example, Will Smith in Bright and Natalie Portman in Annihilation. How does The Titan fare when compared to other Netflix original movies? The storyline for the movie is not completely original; recently there has been a crop of these kinds of armageddon movies with the world in danger and needing to be saved. The one thing that I really don't get about these movies is that we seem to want to spend trillions of dollars sending people to other planets or star systems to colonize and probably pollute and destroy another place, when we could simply spend this money fixing the damage that we have done to Mother Earth. That aside, let's talk about the movie itself. Sam Worthington put in a good performance as the lead character, playing the role of the doting father who will do anything to make sure that his son has a world to inhabit in the future. Although his wife and child move with him to the military base where he undergoes the procedure, we don't really see much of the relationship between him and his wife, apart from a bit of drunken dancing. What part of the family life we see, he seems to spend more with his son. Tom Wilkinson plays the part of the bad guy doctor / scientist very well, portraying how Collingwood will do everything and anything in his power to make sure that his mission succeeds. Also, it's great to see Nathalie Emmanuel in another movie besides the Fast & Furious franchise. We don't see a lot of her in the movie until pretty near the end but she puts in a very good performance. The movie is a little short at just over 90 minutes, I think it could have been a little longer and they could have spent more time on the latter part of the film. The special effects were nice and the story moved along quite quickly, apart from at the beginning where I thought they could have spent a little less time on the character building. Although I saw a lot of bad reviews from critics, I actually enjoyed the Titan. It had some faults, to be sure, but overall I really enjoyed it. I am curious to see if they are going to make a follow-up movie, I think it would be interesting to see what happens. Should you watch The Titan? Yes - it's a great little movie and for sure it's going to keep you entertained until the dramatic conclusion at the end.
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