We’ve got an abundance of films set in a futuristic version of space, but what if space travel and deep space living more closely resembled the 70s instead? That’s exactly what Jack Plotnick’s feature directorial debut is all about. Rather than run with a single primary narrative, Space Station 76 puts the focus on a number of main characters going about their daily lives on a refueling station called the Omega 76.
There’s the bitter captain, Glenn (Patrick Wilson), his new assistant captain, Jessica (Liv Tyler), the space station mechanic, Ted (Matt Bomer), and his wife Misty (Marisa Coughlan) who struts around without a care in the world, often neglecting her own daughter. You can catch them all in action in the very first Space Station 76 trailer after the jump.
This is an unusual one. I had the chance to see it back at SXSW and even though I didn’t care much for the film as a whole, there are loads of clever and amusing nuances that we’ve truly never seen before and this trailer definitely taps into that. That first bit with Wilson’s character most certainly reflects the large majority of his behavior throughout the movie and the rest of the piece offers up a solid sense of the film’s tone as well. However, it also highlights one of Space Station 76’s most devastating issues; it’s more of a cute shtick than a gripping film with a meaty main narrative. Check out the trailer below and click here for our full review.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
“Space Station 76” is a comedic drama about a group of people (and several robots) living on a space station in a 1970’s-version of the future. When a new Assistant Captain arrives, she inadvertently ignites tensions among the crew, prompting them to confront their darkest secrets. Barely contained lust, jealousy, and anger all bubble to the surface, becoming just as dangerous as the asteroid that’s heading right for them.