The Midnight Sky is a 2020 American science fiction film directed by George Clooney, based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton.
It stars Clooney and follows a scientist who must venture through the Arctic Circle with a young girl to warn off a returning spaceship following a global catastrophe.
The Midnight Sky: Release Date
The Midnight Sky began a limited theatrical release on December 11, 2020, before beginning to stream on Netflix on December 23.
- George Clooney as Augustine Lofthouse
- Felicity Jones as Sully
- David Oyelowo as Commander Gordon Adewole
- Tiffany Boone as Maya
- Demián Bichir as Sanchez
- Kyle Chandler as Mitchell
- Caoilinn Springall as Iris
- Sophie Rundle as Jean.
The Midnight Sky: Storyline
Augustine Lofthouse is an ambitious scientist who works towards finding habitable planets where humanity could expand.
One night at a gala he meets Jean and after a brief adventure, she leaves him due to his obsession with work and inability to form bonds with other human beings.
Thirty years later a cataclysmic event decimates most of the Earth, killing almost all of the population with powerful radiation. Two weeks later, Augustine, now working in the Arctic, refuses to evacuate his base, knowing he hasn’t got long to live due to his cancer.
Alone, he tries to contact any space mission hoping to warn them about the situation on Earth but finds that most of them have been dismantled.
Only one mission, the spacecraft Æther, is still active and currently returning from Jupiter after having discovered a habitable moon, K-23. Onboard, the crew is unaware of the events on Earth. Augustine attempts to contact them, but the antenna is too weak to reach the ship.
A lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising “the ambition and emotional tone,” as well as its visuals and score, while others compared it unfavorably to previous sci-fi films.
It’s a carefully balanced movie that gives as much time to human connections, loss, regrets, and hope in the small moments as it does to what we reveal of ourselves when survival is at stake.