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I.S.S. (2023)

My quick rating - 5.3/10. This flick ventures into the perilous realm of space politics and international tensions but falls short of delivering the gripping story it promises. Set aboard the International Space Station (I.S.S.), the film unfolds against the backdrop of a world on the brink of war, as America and Russia vie for control of the station amidst escalating hostilities on Earth. The plot itself offers a tantalizing glimpse into the high-stakes power struggle between two superpowers in the unforgiving expanse of space. However, the execution leaves much to be desired, with the film failing to capitalize on its intriguing setup. One of the film's fleeting moments of tension arises when the American and Russian astronauts onboard the I.S.S. receive conflicting orders from their respective nations, sowing seeds of mistrust and paranoia among the crew. It's a brief spark of intrigue that hints at the potential for gripping suspense, but unfortunately, it fizzles out almost as quickly as it ignites. The lack of sustained tension undermines what could have been a compelling exploration of the complexities of international relations in space. I found the film's narrow focus on the American and Russian astronauts overlooking the presence of other countries on the I.S.S., a glaring omission that detracts from its credibility. Given the multinational nature of the space station, one would expect to see a more diverse cast of characters and perspectives represented. The oversight is a missed opportunity to enrich the dynamics of cooperation and conflict among different nations in space. While "I.S.S." boasts competent performances from its cast, including Ariana DeBose and Chris Messina, they are ultimately let down by a lackluster script and uninspired direction. Costa Ronin playing Nicholai Pulov was the most interesting of all since he had some conviction to his role. The other characters felt underdeveloped and thinly drawn, failing to elicit much investment or empathy from me. Maybe that was lingering from my disappointment with global diversity on the I.S.S. In the end, the flick just struggles to rise above its shortcomings and deliver a compelling experience. Despite its intriguing premise and occasional moments of tension, the film ultimately fizzles out, leaving you with another missed opportunity in the vast expanse of space.

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