by Nathan Roach
It’s complicated to contemplate exactly where to begin analysing this pubescent pondering of life, love and how to make an empty shell of a movie. Between the directors script of monotonous psychobabble, the anorexic plotline and rigid acting portrayals, Spaceship attempts to masquerade as a coming-of-age intelligent indie film but quickly falls into its own illusion, misunderstanding that an in-depth and relatable character does not rely entirely on the characters wild attire and appearance.
The fractured narrative of Lucidia (Alexa Davies) allegedly being abducted by aliens faded in and out of relevance and was idly investigated by her entourage of personality-vacant friends and emotionless father (Antti Reini) while remaining committed to boring their audience to death with the quite frankly naff commentary. The serious lack of connection with any character leaves three quarters of the film tediously trudging through a desperate hunt for identity, complete freedom of youth to be whatever or whoever and of course, drug experimentation (which may have been easier to watch with an MDMA cocktail and a side serving of LSD available during its screening).
Taylor’s filming process also does not aid in redeeming the film, assumedly attempting to capture the edgy style that successful predecessors such as Rian Johnson’s neo-noir Brick honed so effectively. The unstable approach he chose however makes the visual aspect bumpy and restless. Not many directors examine this neck of the alternative teenage spectrum but instead of endeavouring to document it with some sense of class, the scene is scrutinized and interpreted as the most disjointed like a high budget mockumentary.
Although the special features of the DVD finally echoed that sense of adolescent endless discovery that made a more interesting watch than the entire film, they most certainly could not compensate for the incessant series of pitfalls this feature experienced. This will never be the directors Citizen Kane but on a brighter note, his future endeavours can only improve from here onwards.
Dir: Alex Taylor
Scr: Alex Taylor
Cast: Alexa Davies, Lara Peake, Steven Elder, Harry Jarvis, Antti Reini, Tallulah Rose Haddon, Lucian Charles Collier, Kristoff Gerega, Geary Barnes
Prd: Nicola Bowen
DOP: Liam Landoli
Music: Amy Ashworth
Run Time: 1 hr 30 min
Spaceship is available on DVD and EST now.