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Humanity is nearly extinct in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi Tides

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Tides (formerly known as Haven: Above Sky) is the upcoming post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller/drama from Swiss director Tim Fehlbaum (Hell), and which he co-wrote with Mariko Minoguchi and Jo Rogers.

It’s set in the near future where humanity’s elite have colonised a planet in the Kepler-209 system after the Earth was rendered uninhabitable. However in the years following their arrival the colonists discover that something in the planet’s atmosphere is causing infertility among the surviving human population. Now, two generations later and with time for the human race running out, a mission is dispatched to Earth in order to see if the planet is once more livable. However disaster strikes when the shuttle crash lands on Earth, with only a sole survivor, Blake (Nora Arnezeder – Mozart in the Jungle), left to complete the mission – and she’s shocked to discover that the planet is not as uninhabitable, or uninhabited, as she was lead to believe.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

When the Earth became uninhabitable for humans, the ruling elite settled the planet Kepler 209, but its atmosphere makes the new inhabitants sterile. Two generations later, a program is launched to determine whether life on Earth is possible again: Mission Ulysses II is supposed to bring certainty. The space capsule gets out of control when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The astronaut Blake (Nora Arnezeder) is the only one who survives the landing – but she realizes that she is not alone on earth. A struggle for survival begins, and Blake must make decisions that will determine the fate of all humanity.

Let’s take a look:

I think this is a movie that could go either way. It looks like a very bleak film overall, there’s nary a hint of humour and very little colour on display, and everyone’s life is pretty miserable. As such it has a very fine line to tread between showing how difficult life has been for the all protagonists involved and keeping us engaged while watching it, or just making the audience miserable in the process too – or worse yet, bored. That’ll boil down to the plotting and pacing of the movie, and I don’t see enough of that here to make a proper judgement. I do like the premise however, and I’m curious to see how humanity has survived on both worlds.  

What do you think?

Tides will premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival, and is due for release sometime later this year. It also stars Iain Glen, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Sope Dirisu, Joel Basman, Sebastian Roché, Bella Bading, and Hong Indira Rieck.

Last Updated: February 15, 2021

3 Comments

  1. Waterworld : Low Tide Edition

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  2. Kargone

    February 16, 2021 at 10:58

    They really need to start numbering these as I lost count how many movies that use the exact same storyline somewhere around 53… If just one of them could have one original idea that would be pretty interesting, but it is always the wealthy move away, use the resources left behind, big discovery that things aren’t as bad as they seem… you have seen the rest dozens of times.

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  3. Sadar Acampa

    February 16, 2021 at 14:22

    I don’t think this movie is so cliche oh, they are trying to tell us something they are warning us about exactly what they are going to do when the crap hits the crap in this world. The elite have planned their Exodus for decades now and it is out there if you were willing to research it. Take the internet for instance and particularly Facebook. Look at all of the free programs that they gave us that will convert music and movies and digitized all of our literature all about songs movies news stories old magazines everything. That would be too much of a Monumental task for the world governments to take on themselves they would have to hire people and their secret would be out as to why they are doing it so they gave the mainstream public all the tools the catalog this stuff so that when the wealthy the elite go underground in this world we will have catalog and digitized everything that was ever created they will have it made. And when you list all of your likes and dislikes and all of your family members on Facebook and the type of literature you read you’re giving them your own personal psychological test with that they know where you stand on patriotic issues if you are a radical what you believe in what you do not believe in and they know where to come and lay their hands on you and your family and your loved ones when they have to and martial law is declared. Anyone that’s a member of Facebook you are making a big mistake you haven’t given them everything that you are.

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