PROSPECT (2019) – My rating: 7.5/10

Prospect is a science fiction film written and directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell.  It features a teenage girl and her father traveling to an alien moon with a contract to mine gems in the moon’s poisonous forest.  I really love science fiction and wondered if this film would be worth watching.  I can say it was quite interesting.

A teenage girl named Cee (Sophie Thatcher) and her father Damon (Jay Duplass) have descended in a landing pod from their spaceship to the surface of a forest moon covered in poisonous spores.  The two are on a mission to mine for rare, expensive gems. They suffer a technical malfunction while descending, which damages their landing pod causing them to touch down some distance away from their planned prospecting site. While on foot, they begin to make their way to the original destination however, they come across an abandoned dig site where they perform the delicate process of extracting a fleshy pod from the earth and carefully dissecting it to reveal a valuable gem. Cee urges her father to cut their losses, take the gem, and return to the landing pod, but Damon insists they continue to the original landing site.  As they continue, Damon is approached by two rival prospectors: Ezra (Pedro Pascal) and his silent companion who attempt to rob Damon, but he suggests instead that they join forces. With a somewhat complex explanation of the legendary ‘queen’s lair’, Damon manages to convince Ezra to join their expedition.  This would end up being the beginning of the end.  Hiding all the while, Cee emerges with a rifle, a new deal is then negotiated.

Prospect has a decent plot but becomes a little hard to digest, given the reality of things.  There are situations you won’t see coming due to the unfamiliarity of their surroundings as well as the greed that has encompassed the universe and beyond.  Prospect gives us a futuristic look at what we can and are becoming as well as a lesson on how trust issues can escalate us into a situation we may not be able to come back from.  While Prospect is a low budget flick, it really gives off a bunch of messages and is quite exciting.  You will encounter some unusual situations and most definitely have an opinion about the turn of events.  Prospect premiered on video-on-demand and home media in 2019.  The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes assessed 48 reviews; it reported 42 as positive and 6 as negative, for an overall rating of 88%. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Fueled by character development and setting instead of special effects, Prospect is a sci-fi story whose style is defined—and enriched—by its limitations.”  I believe we lucked up with this film, as it gives a lot of perspectives for a film we didn’t have to pay for.  Prospect is streaming on Netflix — Check It Out!

 

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