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The Midnight Sky (2020)

Beth and I decided to watch this movie on Netflix and it was…slow and boring. I guess I join the critics (Rotten Tomatoes – 54%; IMDB – 5.6/10; Common Sense Media – 3/5).

Wikipedia describes it this way:

The Midnight Sky is a 2020 American science fiction film directed by George Clooney, based on the 2016 novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. It stars Clooney as a scientist who must venture through the Arctic Circle with a young girl to warn off a returning spaceship following a global catastrophe.

Focus on the Family has provided a review of this movie and describes it as “sweet.” I’m not sure what’s sweet about it, but the rest of the review is useful. It notes no spiritual content, but poses the question: “What is the most important thing we could do with our time on earth?”

Common Sense Media also provides a family-oriented review. It offers the following discussion questions for children, youth and parents:

  • Families can talk about what might have happened on earth to cause the destruction seen in The Midnight Sky. What clues does the film give us?
  • How and why do you think Iris appears to Augustine as a child?
  • George Clooney stars in the film and also directed it. Do you know of other films directed by their stars, and what do you think are the pros and cons of an actor functioning also as director of a movie?
  • What did this film have in common with other apocalypse films? How about other space films you’ve seen?
  • How did the characters demonstrate courage?

Finally, Movie Guide provides a third review and makes this observation about the worldview of this movie:

Light mixed pagan worldview with some environmentalist undertones about a dying Earth having less air, mitigated by strong moral elements, especially by a clear pro-life message about pregnancy and children.

Movie Guide

I leave you with these questions:

  • As a Christian, what should be my witness regarding the environment?
  • If I had been Augustine and a Christian, how would I have responded to the situation the character found himself in?
  • What from the Bible speaks to the fear and other feelings that movies like this one generates?
  • Is seeking out other habitable planets for humans to live on a sign of despair or hope?
  • Would people be any different on another planet if we had the opportunity to start all over again?