Film #21: LOVE
2 out of 5 stars
What is it about space that sparks our interests? With 2011’s LOVE, director William Eubank does his best to present an inquiry in the human condition: our need to be social, our need to be loved, and to be a part of something larger than ourselves. Fans of linear narrative or those who need to have things spelled out for them will be sorely disappointed with LOVE. The pace is slow and not a lot happens, but visually… the film is lovely. Eubanks, a long-time cinematographer, knows how to craft a stunning frame. I mean, the film looks beautiful (especially the stuff set during The Civil War). Sadly, it’s the science that hobbles him. For example, they establish that they were aboard the ISS (International Space Station), but there is what looks like Earth’s gravity on the ship. Later, the hero is seen shaving with an electric razor… in a closed environment… in space. Throughout the film, we keep running headlong into such anachronisms. After a while, it becomes evident that the filmmakers either didn’t know… or simply didn’t care. Fans of things like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY or MOON will undoubtedly enjoy this as long as they know goin in that those films are FAR better than this one. LOW budget and exceedingly “independent,” LOVE is an interesting experiment and a herald of a filmmaker who – visually, at least – has more and better films ahead of him.