"Sacrifice Gives Life Meaning"
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Despite some slow moments in the beginning, STOWAWAY tells a gripping, nail-biting survival story that keeps viewers engaged. At a few points in the story, the four characters consider the horrible idea that one or two of them will have to die to save the others. Eventually, however, the story is life-affirming. It also concludes that sacrifice makes life meaningful. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, however, for several “f” words and other strong foul language in STOWAWAY.
STOWAWAY is a science fiction television drama on Netflix about a three-person mission to Mars where an unexpected stowaway endangers the lives of the crew. Despite some slow moments and plot questions, STOWAWAY is a gripping, suspenseful survival story with an inspirational message that sacrifice gives meaning to life, but it’s marred by several “f” words and other strong foul language.
The movie begins with the three-person crew of a spaceship bound for Mars blasting off into space. Looking like a moduled space station, the ship is tethered to a solar array and a booster rocket to be used for the return trip home. A woman named Marina captains the crew, with another woman, Zoe, as the ship’s doctor, and a man, David, serving as the ship’s biologist. Their two-year mission is to help David grow plants and algae on Mars to provide oxygen for future missions to the red planet.
No sooner has the crew gotten settled on the ship hurtling toward Mars when the body of an unconscious, wounded ground engineer falls out of the ship’s life-support compartment. The man, whose name is Michael, has a wound on his side. Zoe stitches the wound.
The crew tries to fix the life-support panel system removing carbon dioxide from the ship, but it’s beyond repair. Also, there’s not enough fuel to turn the ship around and head back to Earth. Their best chance for creating enough breathable air is to break out half of the biological algae David was supposed to use on Mars. However, the crew soon discovers that the algae won’t remove enough carbon dioxide and create enough oxygen to save Michael’s life as well as their own. So, they start considering the possibility that Michael will have to die. There’s another choice, however, but it’s an extremely dangerous one that could kill them all.
STOWAWAY is a little sketchy on the details of the crew’s mission and why the ship is tethered to both a solar array and its booster rocket. The movie is a little slow in the beginning, too. Despite this, STOWAWAY tells a gripping, nail-biting survival story that keeps viewers fairly engaged.
Though the three crewmembers discuss among themselves politely but matter-of-factly the need for Michael to die so they can survive, Zoe successful lobbies the captain to wait until they exhaust all possibilities. They have 20 days before they must decide one way or another, but the captain agrees to wait 10 days before making that choice. Eventually, the story becomes life-affirming. It also affirms the message that sacrifice makes life meaningful. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, however, for several “f” words and other strong foul language in STOWAWAY.