3022, The science fiction genre is synonymous with flashy and sophisticated visual effects. Many beloved science-fiction films, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, and Jurassic Park, used groundbreaking and seminal technologies and visual effects in their movies. Space movies, in particular, have to rely much of its setting on visual effects, whether practical or computer-generated. These effects typically take massive amounts of costs and energy, so when a science-fiction film is able to create passable visual effects with a limited budget, it does at least warrant a credit.
3022 is a science fiction film about several astronauts stranded in space. Captain John Laine, engineer Jackie Miller, doctor Richard Valin, and Lisa Brown are American astronauts who are about to start their 10-year shift to maintain Pangea, a space station used by space ships to refuel. These ships are traveling to Earth’s first space colony, Europa One. However, a few years later, there is suddenly a massive explosion on Pangea. Things get worse when they do not get any reply when they try to contact Earth. Not long after, the movie reveals that Earth is destroyed, and they are the last remaining survivors alive.
For a science fiction film with a limited budget, 3022 has several cromulent visual effects throughout. The image of the destruction of Earth in the vast, cold dark space is a harrowing view and adds suspense to the film. The practical visual effects and production work on the fictional technologies and the film’s settings are also decent.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much the only positive aspect of 3022. Based on its plot, it is evident that the movie heavily relies on the interactions of the characters and performances of the cast. Sadly, the film failed on both. The plot feels convoluted, unbaked, and does not offer any satisfying conclusion.
There is also inconsistency in its character motivation and personality. The dialogue is not strong enough to illustrate the psychological struggles that the characters go through. The performance of the cast is also not enough to convey the distress felt by the characters. The movie is all about the dread and disquietude that permeating the ship, but the film failed miserably in conveying this atmosphere.
3022 has decent visual effects in its pocket, but its other elements are subpar at best. It does feel like space soap opera, with nothing remarkable to offer and no exciting character to root for. You might want to skip this one, for it is just simply not worthy of your time, despite its relatively short duration.