The Titan (film)

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The Titan
The Titan poster.png
Poster
Directed byLennart Ruff
Produced by
Screenplay byMax Hurwitz
Story byArash Amel
Starring
Music byFil Eisler
CinematographyJan-Marcello Kahl
Edited byAnn-Carolin Biesenbach
Production
company
  • Voltage Pictures
  • 42
  • Automatik Entertainment
  • The Amel Company
  • Motion Picture Capital
  • Nostromo Pictures
  • The Post Republic
Distributed by
  • Signature Entertainment (United Kingdom)
  • Netflix (United States) (Australia)
  • EuroVideo Medien GmbH (Germany)
Release date
  • February 8, 2018 (2018-02-08) (Gérardmer)
  • March 30, 2018 (2018-03-30) (United States)
  • April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13) (United Kingdom)
  • May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09) (Germany)
Running time
97 minutes
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Spain
LanguageEnglish

The Titan is a 2018 American science fiction thriller film directed by Lennart Ruff and starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson. The screenplay was written by Max Hurwitz, with the story by Arash Amel. The film is an international co-production between the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Spain. It was released for some countries by Netflix on March 30, 2018.[1] It was released theatrically in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2018 by Signature Entertainment, and direct to video in Germany on May 8, 2018 by EuroVideo.

Plot[edit]

In 2048, on an Earth overpopulated and ridden by violent conflicts, scientists are looking to Saturn's moon Titan as a new home for humanity, spearheaded by Professor Martin Collingwood.

Rick Janssen, a fighter pilot, volunteers to be a part of an experiment on 14 test subjects that forces human bodies to adapt to the super-cold methane liquids and the ultra-low oxygen atmosphere of Titan. He is joined by his wife Abigail, a medical researcher, and their son Lucas, at the Titan I research area.

The initial results are promising. Rick becomes able to swim at incredible speeds and stay underwater for 40 minutes. Rick's training becomes increasingly intense as he and the others adapt increasingly Titan-like environments.

Rick finds that some of his hair is falling out, and one of the team members starts convulsing and dies. Abigail notices the blood veins of all the test subjects becoming darker. Volunteer Zane has a mental breakdown and hits his wife, Rayenne.

Rick takes a break by sitting at the bottom of their swimming pool, where large amounts of his skin shed off. Abigail’s concern grows, and she begins experimentation on a sample of his blood, finding that it is indeed becoming darker.

Rick undergoes corneal surgery to accommodate the low light on Titan. When he later has complications, Abigail confronts Collingwood about Rick's changes, but he divulges nothing.

Zane suffers another mental breakdown and throws Rayenne through a window, killing her instantly. He is shot dead by military police.

While visiting Rick in the medical facility, Abigail steals his key card and sneaks into Collingwood's office. She finds reports of autopsies of the numerous deceased test subjects, discovering that they were having their DNA infused with animal DNA, attempting to create the next human species, Homo Titaniens.

During a meeting with NASA, Collingwood is chastised for doing forced evolutionary experimentation without proper evidence nor ethical reasons, and is threatened with having his operation shut down. Abigail confronts him on the same issue, and he admits to her and Rick that he does not actually know what the surviving subjects will eventually become.

Rick willingly undergoes a major surgery to adapt to his new senses and become fully ready for Titan. He and Tally, the only other surviving test subject, complete their training and finishing their transformations into Homo Titaniens.

Abigail is horrified when the significantly transformed Rick loses the ability to talk, now communicating in a low frequency that is undetectable by normal human ears.

Tally kills her husband and goes to Rick at his home. Abigail and Lucas hide while military police surround Tally and Rick. Tally kills a few before she is killed, then Rick easily kills many more. When Abigail and Lucas confront him, Rick flees as he realizes he has become a monster.

The military hunt for Rick, but it is Abigail who finds him on a hill they often jogged to. The military arrives and knocks them out. Abigail wakes to a Rick in critical condition due to him being incompatible with Earth's atmosphere. Abigail is forced to give him a chemical solution that acts similar to a lobotomy, erasing all of his memories – but she gives him a harmless saline solution, allowing him to escape.

Rick begins killing soldiers as Abigail and Lucas flee with Dr. Freya, an assistant to Collingwood who disagrees with his methods. They find a heavily wounded Rick, and give him first aid until they are surrounded by Collingwood and his men. Collingwood orders them to kill the three humans, but the colonel leading the soldiers refuses and arrests Collingwood.

Abigail and Dr. Freya become researchers at the Titan II facility, using more ethical methods than Collingwood had. Rick is shown exploring Titan, flying under his own power over a methane lake.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In August 2015, Sam Worthington, Ruth Wilson and Sofia Boutella signed on to star in the film to be directed by Lennart Ruff. Voltage Pictures would handle international rights sales while CAA would handle domestic sales. Producer Arash Amel spoke of his enthusiasm for the project:

In October 2015, Tom Wilkinson joined the cast with Voltage Pictures planning to sell international rights to the film at the 2016 American Film Market.[3] In December 2015, Taylor Schilling signed on to replace Wilson, who, alongside Boutella, dropped out of the film.[4] In January 2016, Diego Boneta, Aleksander Jovanovic and Agyness Deyn joined the cast.[5] In February 2016, at AFM, Voltage Pictures managed to sell international distribution rights in multiple countries.[6] However, in February 2018, it was reported that Netflix had picked up worldwide distribution rights to the film.[7] The film has also been released on Blu-ray in several European countries including the United Kingdom.[8]

Principal production was slated to commence on January 18, 2016, in Europe[2] but was pushed back to February 1, 2016, where shooting began in Gran Canaria.[5]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 16%, based on 25 reviews, and an average rating of 3.8/10.[9] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 33 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[10]

Jake Nevins from The Guardian gave the film only one out of five stars, criticizing its script and Worthington's performance:

Matt Fowler from IGN gave the film 5 out of 10:

David Ehrlich from IndieWire also gave the film a negative review:

Dan Jackson from the Thrillist, wrote:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldberg, Matt (22 February 2018). "Here's What's Coming to Netflix in March 2018". Collider. Complex Media. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jaafar, Ali (27 August 2015). "Sam Worthington And Ruth Wilson To Star In 'The Titan'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ Jaafar, Ali (28 October 2015). "Tom Wilkinson Joining Cast Of 'The Titan'- AFM". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ Jaafar, Ali (16 December 2015). "Taylor Schilling To Star In 'The Titan' Opposite Sam Worthington". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Jaafar, Ali (13 January 2016). "Diego Boneta, Aleksander Jovanovic & Agyness Deyn Join 'The Titan'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  6. ^ Barraclough, Leo (11 February 2016). "Berlin: Voltage Pre-Sells Sam Worthington's 'The Titan' to Multiple Territories". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  7. ^ Webster, Christopher (21 February 2018). "Netflix Aquires Sam Worthington's Sc-Fi Thriller THE TITAN". Quiet Earth. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Blu-ray releases". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  9. ^ "The Titan (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Titan Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Nevins, Jake (29 March 2018). "The Titan review – unexciting Netflix sci-fi squanders its premise". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  12. ^ Fowler, Matt (29 March 2018). "Netflix's The Titan Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  13. ^ Ehrlich, David (30 March 2018). "'The Titan' Review: Sam Worthington Tries to Live on Saturn in Weak Netflix Sci-Fi Thriller". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  14. ^ Jackson, Dan (30 March 2018). "Netflix's New Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Titan' is Like an Unsexy Version of 'The Fly'". Thrillist. Group Nine Media. Retrieved 31 March 2018.

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