HIGH LIFE movie review
HIGH LIFE is about a group of criminals serving life sentences who are sent into space to benefit science. Their mission is to try to harness the power of a black hole while also doing experiments to see if it is possible for a woman to become pregnant in space. The criminals are not allowed to procreate in the usual way so instead a crazed scientist (Juliette Binoche) gives off Dr. Mengele vibes as she attempts to impregnate female prisoners with donations from the male prisoners. Robert Pattinson (Twilight) stars as the main character, Monte, who is tasked with surviving in the crazy atmosphere of the prison space ship while also raising a daughter.
Writer/director Claire Denis questions in the film just how much can be recycled as the prisoners are living off their own recycled waste and are in a sense, being recycled themselves for the betterment of mankind.
The film has a lot of potential but the execution is a bit clunky at times. The story is told in a nonlinear way that can interrupt the flow of the narrative and confuse the audience. There are also many uncomfortable moments involving murder, rape, mercy killings, and sex toys.
HIGH LIFE isn’t a bad way to kill 110 minutes but it’s also not a film that’s going to stay with you for very long.
2 out of 5 stars.