When I saw the opening shot to Earthrise one thing sprung to mind, that the positive reviews here applauding the beautiful cinematography and directing in this movie were probably all written by people associated with the production of the film, so what else did these people say about the movie that also wasn't true? Turns out quite a lot.
The entire movie is set on a spaceship with a crew of three people, but unfortunately the sets are as unbelievable as the acting is. The acting isn't the worst I've seen, but for a movie with only three characters to pull us in it just wasn't good enough to make me believe in those characters.
The sets are very basic looking, bland and empty, if I didn't know it was set on a spaceship I never would have guessed it by just looking at the sets. And every room has a Jackson Pollock type painting on at least one wall because I guess it's the future and that's how cargo spaceships are decorated? No one has photos of friends or family on the wall, the touch screens and TV's that we see everywhere today seem to have totally disappeared in the future only to be replaced by Jackson Pollock paintings.
The directing and camera-work is what really ruined this movie for me. The editing leaves you scratching your head in places, it gives the impression that someone with ADD was in charge of it. There are 36 camera cuts in one minute in a scene where 3 people are sitting around a dinner table having a mundane boring conversation, that's the type of fast paced editing reserved for action and fight scenes, not slow conversations over breakfast. Lots of little errors as well, the camera is following a character walking down a corridor with a door on their left, then the camera turns around to look at them from the front but the door stays on the same side of the shot, obviously because the corridor set only has one end so both shots have to be taken from the same end. Not a huge deal, but for people who notice things like that there are quite a few of them in this movie, maybe you could do a drinking game with them?
The story and special effects are both adequate, though there are only 3 or 4 VERY short effects shots in the entire movie and none of them are standout, and by short I mean 2-3 seconds if that. The story is nothing new and holds few surprises, but it turned out not being the insult to my intelligence that I thought it was going to be.
Not the worst movie I've ever seen, pretty close though, a real amateurish effort especially with the set design, directing, editing and cinematography. I would not recommend this movie and instead would suggest to anyone thinking of watching it to instead watch Sunshine, Pandorum or Cargo which are all way better constructed thrillers set in space.
210 - note to filmmakers - next time you make a science fiction movie on a budget why not borrow a couple of iPads and stick them inside futuristic looking cases that you've painted silver and have the characters use them a couple of times during the movie? Give us the impression that they're in the future using technology and not just on a ship full of empty rooms and Jackson Pollock paintings.
Review by freqeteq from the Internet Movie Database.