SXSW 2014: ‘Space Station 76’ is a look at the future we used to know

space_station_76_posterSpace Station 76
Directed by Jack Plotnick
Written by Jennifer Elise Cox, Sam Pancake, Jack Plotnick, Kali Rocha, and Michael Stoyanov

Space Station 76 begins with a narration musing on the impermanence and isolation of asteroidal paths. It’s the overarching metaphor in a film that is hilariously set in a nostalgic, 1970s version of the future and populated with hurt, dysfunctional, and yearning characters.

Glen (Patrick Wilson) is the alcoholic, abrasive, and suicidal captain of the Omega 76; Jessica (Liv Tyler) is new aboard and although much more competent than her counterparts, she is struggling with her own maternal inabilities; Ted (Matt Bomer)  is an earnest but naive mechanic who lives with Misty (Marisa Coughlan), his philandering wife, and their lonely, precocious daughter Sunshine (Kylie Rogers). Together, this motley cast of characters explores what it means to live in a future built on expectations from the past. What happens when people float aimlessly along their lives without any real change or contact with each other? Like the asteroid slowly hurting towards them, there is always a chance of a change in course.

This all materializes through a blend of humor, self-examination, and throwback sci-fi aesthetics. The production design is lifted from every 70s sci-fi with wry humor ranging  from the omniscient on-board computer to the scene stealing psychiatrist, Doctor Bot. Fans looking for a kick of nostalgia and a thoughtful comedy should be sure to check out Space Station 76.

By David Tran

Currently attending the University of Texas (where everyone does indeed say "Hook 'em"), David was born and raised in Houston, TX. Although working towards a dual degree in Economics and Computer Science, he has always found his creative outlet in film and through writing. In his spare time, he spends it all catching up on episodes of Doctor Who and reading the latest issues of Batman (self proclaimed DC kid). Some of his favorite films are The Wrestler, A Bittersweet Life, Le Samourai, anything touched by Christopher Nolan, and Zoolander.

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