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ANIARA (2019)



Critic Consensus: Dazzling, but a little dull, ANIARA's impeccable production design is undermined by its underwhelming philosophical pondering.


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ANIARA is the story of one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth's fleeing population to their new home-planet Mars. But just as the ship leaves the destroyed Earth, she collides with space junk and is thrown off her course. The passengers slowly realize that they'll never be able to return. The protagonist, MR, runs a room where a sentient computer allows humans to experience near-spiritual memories of the Earth. As the ship drifts further into the endless void more and more passengers are in need of MRs services. Pressure builds on MR as she is the only one who can keep the growing insanity and lethal depression at bay. In Aniara's inexorable journey towards destruction there is a warning that cannot be emphasized enough. There's only one Earth. It's time to take responsibility for our actions.

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (8)

A cold, cruel, piercingly humane sci-fi parable that's both bang on the zeitgeist and yet also unnervingly original.

August 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Aniara" may be the coolest, costliest, most dystopian shaggy-dog story ever filmed.

May 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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It's a grim vision, sure. But it's a compelling one too, using the flash of a space opera to remind viewers that - whether on the ground or in the stars - we're stuck with each other.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The spaceship is an existential trap like in a J.G. Ballard novel, and the ending might not be entirely satisfying, but it's not a cheat.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mostly, this is a movie that simulates the experience of losing the will to live, a daunting premise even for the bravest voyagers.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

"Aniara" has an intriguing premise, and it's even fascinating at times, but despite an excellent production design, it never gets off the ground even as it speeds through the cosmos.

May 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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