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How This Biblical Principle Manifests in THE MIDNIGHT SKY

THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020) Producer Grant Heslov, Felicity Jones, Tiffany Boone and Director George Clooney on the set of The Midnight Sky. Cr. Philippe Antonello/NETFLIX

How This Biblical Principle Manifests in THE MIDNIGHT SKY

By Movieguide® Staff

Note: This article contains spoilers for THE MIDNIGHT SKY. Be sure to check out Movieguide®’s full review here

Leviticus 17:11 tells us that life is in the blood, and that principle plays out in George Clooney’s THE MIDNIGHT SKY.

Actress Felicity Jones, who plays Sully, an astronaut returning to earth after a years’ long mission, expanded upon the concept in a recent interview.

“It was there at the very beginning that it would be an [exploration] not only on Augustine’s relationship with Sully, but also Sully’s relationship with her child,” Jones added. “That’s why blood is such a feature of the film. You see the blood going through the tubes at the beginning when Augustine is doing the chemotherapy. It is a sort of understanding of those relationships, of what in the end has meaning for us.”

Clooney plays Augustine, a dying scientist who believes he is the last living person on the planet. Clooney also directs the feature that is available for streaming on Netflix.

Jones also discussed the movie’s strong pro-life message, which are especially evident in the final scene.

“George had already shot his part, so I was able to watch that, which was really helpful to then inform what I was doing on my side,” Jones told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s what I loved about the script when I read it. It’s what made me want to do it, was that central relationship, that need for the two of them to find each other.”

The emotional scene confirms that Augustine is Sully’s father. Jones wanted to capture the connection between a father-daughter relationship and the perseverance of family. 

“It was one that I thought about a lot,” Jones said in regards to the scene. “Luckily I was shooting it toward the end of our schedule so I really felt like I had Sully and knew who she was and could give it everything I have.”

Clooney even found a way to work Jones’ own pregnancy into the script. Sully is pregnant, and the movie continually celebrates the life growing inside her.

Movieguide®’s review of THE MIDNIGHT SKY reads

Starring George Clooney, THE MIDNIGHT SKY is an exciting movie with lots of jeopardy and suspense. The performances are strong. Clooney also does a good job as director. MIDNIGHT SKY’s story of a decaying Earth has an undertone of environmentalism, but the dialogue doesn’t stress this issue. In fact, the movie’s environmentalist message is mitigated by strong moral elements, especially a clear pro-life message about having children. However, THE MIDNIGHT SKY also has some violence, brief foul language and implied extramarital sex. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

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