Proxima: Film Review


I love space movies, but the vast majority of them focus on men and the mission itself, rather than the loved ones they’ve had to leave behind. Proxima, a moving mother-daughter study, rights this wrong and shows the emotional toll balancing an all-consuming career and motherhood can have.

Eva Green plays Sarah, a French astronaut who has been dreaming of going to space since she was a child. She is thrilled to learn that she is a last-minute addition to the Proxima mission to Mars. While she is excited about the opportunity to finally put her lifetime of training into practice, Sarah struggles with the thought of leaving her daughter Stella (Zelie Boulant-Lemesle) for a year, as she is her primary caregiver following her split from Stella’s dad Thomas (Lars Eidenger). Not only that, but American captain Mike (Matt Dillon) is openly hostile towards her and constantly undermines her, making it obvious that he would prefer a man on his team.

I love the idea of a space movie that doesn’t go into space and that director Alice Winocour went with a space angle to tell this mother-daughter story. I’m sure many women who work full-time and are primarily responsible for their children would see a lot of themselves in Sarah, who struggles to balance her dreams with her love for her daughter. It also doesn’t help that the field is dominated by men who have little sympathy for Sarah’s dilemma because they have wives at home taking care of their kids while they’re training. Sarah needs to put 110% into preparations but she is constantly distracted by looking out for her daughter and the emotional toll this takes is evident on Green’s face.

I’ve always thought Green was a terrific actress but she still manages to surprise and impress me. What she is able to convey without speaking is just incredible and I found her performance incredibly moving, particularly in the last 20-30 minutes when it all gets too much nearer her launch date. Boulant-Lemesle doesn’t let the side down either. Dillon plays the same douchey character he’s played before, and Sandra Huller brings great understanding and warmth as the compassionate family liaison Wendy.

Although the mother-daughter relationship is the main focus and the big emotional pull of the film, I found it fascinating watching Sarah’s training for space and the various drills they have to undergo, and I also loved how much she stood up for herself and demanded to be treated equally in the face of Mike’s sexism. Watching her earn his respect was rewarding.

I connected to the story and Sarah way more than I was expecting to and Green is simply sensational here so Proxima gets a big thumbs up from me.

Proxima is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital from today

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Review


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Top Films for May

American Pie: Reunion

I simply cannot wait for this! I absolutely loved the first three movies (the other straight-to-DVD movies don’t count) and I’m sure this will be just as good. All the old cast are back and it is going to be sweet! It will be interesting to see how the characters have moved on in their adult life- for example, Jim (Jason Biggs) is married to Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) and they have a two-year-old son. The film is set thirteen years after graduation so naturally the boys have drifted apart a bit but that will all change when they get together for their high school reunion. I can’t wait to hear the banter between Stifler, Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin. American Wedding was in 2003 so I’m sure everyone will be gagging for this. I reckon it will be more of a nostalgia thing and I can’t see anybody new to the franchise being that into it. But still, I love them and I can see myself loving this too.

The Lucky One

Zac Efron bulks up to play a Marine in this movie and damn does he look good! Efron plays Logan, a Marine who finds a picture of a woman while in Iraq and believes it gives him the luck to survive out there. Once he returns from Iraq, he is intent on finding this woman so he tracks her down in a small town. Beth (Taylor Schilling) knows nothing about this picture and despite her reservations at first, a romance soon blossoms between them. This does not please her ex-husband, who does everything he can to split them up. While the plot is totally far-fetched, I want to see it because I’m intrigued to see Zac in his first proper grown-up role plus it is based on a Nicholas Sparks book, which means it will tug at the heart strings!

Silent House

Elizabeth Olsen stars in this horror as a young woman named Sarah who is terrorised in her family holiday home while preparing it for sale. She gets trapped inside the house and is unable to contact the outside world as things get increasingly strange. The trailer doesn’t reveal the full details of the story and instead builds up the atmosphere and tension, making you want to know what is happening to the girl. The film has been marketed as being shown in one sequence, meaning it is shot to look like it is happening in real time with handheld cameras and no obvious cuts. Despite the shaky camerawork, I don’t believe it is in the “found footage” style. It will be interesting to see how that works because you won’t be able to show any sort of back story. I’m very intrigued.

Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp stars with an all-star cast in the latest Tim Burton offering. The offbeat comedy sees Depp starring as Barnabus Collins, who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century after being cursed by a witch (Eva Green). He is accidentally freed from his coffin and finds himself in modern day. He returns to his old mansion to find his weird descendants living there, who are all hiding dark secrets. The cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz and Johnny Lee Miller. I’m not 100% convinced that I will like this film. I’m mainly drawn to the fact that Depp is playing a vampire and I’m sure he will be great. However, I’m not sure that it works as a comedy. I reckon I would like it as more of a thriller. Anyway, I will happily be proven wrong once I’ve seen it.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

This comedy takes its title from the non-fiction pregnancy book of the same name and follows five couples in the Atlanta area during the pregnancy stage. There doesn’t seem to be much else in the way of plot to be honest but it’s the cast that draws me in- Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker, Joe Manganiello, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford. With a cast like that, it’s got to be awesome, right? I reckon the stories will interweave like Valentine’s Day. The trailer looks pretty funny and let’s not forget about Cheryl Cole’s cameo as a talent show judge. Cannot wait to see that.

Men in Black 3

Will Smith is back as Agent J! One day, J goes into the Men in Back HQ and finds that history has been rewritten and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) no longer exists. He must go back to the 60s and work with younger Agent K (Josh Brolin) to sort the mess out. I don’t really care much for the plot to be honest, I’m just happy the franchise is making a return. As long as there are crazy aliens, crazy gadgets and lots of wise-cracks, I’m a happy customer. Nicole Scherzinger and Mickey Rourke also star.