Netflix’s ‘The Midnight Sky’ raises too many questions to serve its meaty premise

Netflix's 'The Midnight Sky' raises too many questions to serve its meaty premise

Here’s a little spoiler that will help The Midnight Sky go down easier: The only real mystery is that there is no mystery.

It’s not for lack of trying. Throughout most of its two-hour running time, this absolute downer of a sci-fi drama directed by George Clooney (who also stars) and written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) acts like it’s trying to keep you guessing. Maybe something’s been lost in translation, as the story is adapted from Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel, Good Morning, Midnight.

We open on Clooney’s Augustine, a frail, old man with a giant bushy beard that would make Santa Claus jealous and a terminal condition that demands regular treatments. On-screen text reveals we’re three weeks removed from “the event,” which we quickly come to understand is some unspecified cataclysm that has rendered the Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Read more…

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