storytelling and editing, that’s what made this film. the film opens in the dark, with a voice-over which serves as a good way of focusing the audience’s attention on the film. quickly the film jumps into the story – a launch to mars, political forces very interested in the success of the space program, a last minute change of plans, a mystery, a conspiracy…and so the film unfolds throughout. it’s always moving, always evolving, cross-cutting, building steam, yet balanced (sam waterson provides comic relief). it’s a sci-fi film, an adventure film, and a suspense thriller all in one. the ending left a bit to be desired, but everything else was exciting and worthwhile.