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Plot Overview

rotating earthCirca 2200 a.d. a first wave of colonists was sent to populate a New World. It took them three generations to get there. They subdued the peaceful indigenous people, the Spagels, by using modern weapons as did the con­quis­ta­dors of old riding on horse­back. Then the batteries on their ray guns died, but by then the native tribes were decimated.

Now the New World planet is stratified. At the lowest technological level are the hunter-gatherer Spagels subject to raids from the Earth “aliens.” The earth­lings have taken up the techno­logic­ally superior life of farming. They are further broken down into Prentiss­town whose people till the ground, and Fog Ranch where they raise sheep. The former are more aggressive, like Cain who killed Abel. It's further broken down by sex. On this planet men's thoughts are psychically broad­cast abroad affording them no privacy, though the women's thoughts are not so. Being unable to keep any­thing from the women or to get them to share their noisy beds, the men in the aggressive town killed all their women, while in the other settlement the women just took over.

air deliveryThe movie opens in medias res with the orbiting mother ship having brought the second wave of settlers from Earth. The scout ship they send down has trouble on reentry, and the only survivor is Viola (Daisy Ridley) who crash lands near the Prentiss­town enclave. The men scavenge the ship's battery to recharge their high-tech weapons. Viola being savvy & literate scopes out her sur­roun­dings and figures it's best she lay low. The youngest colonist there—they can't procreate any more—Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) wants to help her, but he's just a rube having no reading ability, or books to read for that matter, just the perverse imaginings he'd been fed all his life. Mayor Prentiss (Mads Mikkelsen) wants to use Viola as a lure to get the mother ship to land with its 4K pilgrims still vulnerable in hyper-sleep. star burst SOSViola is looking for some means to contact the ship before it departs assuming a failed colony.


boy and dogThe Prentisstown environment is reminiscent of, (Prov. 30:11-14) “a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” Todd for his youth is more innocent than the rest, and he also has a pet dog to mellow him out, but the rest of the town are sorry specimens. Davy Prentiss Jr. (Nick Jonas) is out­right rebellious against his father the mayor.

Bible Jim

Preacher Aaron (David Oyelowo) goes on and on about coming judgment, but nobody pays him any mind. Nobody goes to church either. They don't need it.

There's a complete lack of humility with everyone getting in the face of the new­comer or any­one who would help her. They've already decimated the Spagels and killed all their own women. Now they're pursuing the space girl & her friend, and threatening any new arrivals. A pretty sorry lot, that.

Production Values

” (2021) was directed by Doug Liman. It was written by Patrick Ness, Christopher Ford, and Charlie Kaufman. It was based on the young adult novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go. It stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. The leads performed well, and they had a good supporting cast with limited screen time.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for violence and language. It was filmed in the U.S. and in the environs of Montréal, Québec, Canada to capture a forested expanse. There were some derelict sci-fi sets as well as forested land­scapes and a river.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

owl and booksThis adventure story could serve as an inspiration to young people to do more reading. The hero for all his good intentions was limited by his lack of book learning in geography and history, not to mention nutrition. It wouldn't have been so bad if he'd had more stamina than the girl, but he had a hard time keeping up with her—and she'd lived in a space­ship all her life. Some movies make one feel good about one­self, but this one is more an agent of self-reflection. Other than that, it's a good adventure tale. Does he finally get to kiss the girl? Dream on.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Well done action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Good for Youth Groups. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.