- 1 hr 31 min
In the year 3022, a group of astronauts aboard a space station orbiting Earth struggle with isolation and the reality of being completely cut off from society. The film opens with a short montage of news clips from the present day, highlighting how climate change and political unrest have led to the decimation of Earth's population. The space station, called Pangea, was created as a last-ditch effort to save a small sample of humanity.
The main character, John Laine (played by Omar Epps), is a microbiologist who has volunteered for a long-term journey into deep space in order to study a nearby black hole. His wife, Jackie (played by Kate Walsh), is also a member of the crew, and the two of them struggle with being in such close quarters for such a long time. There are a few other crew members as well, including Wang (played by Enver Gjokaj) and Lisa (played by Miranda Cosgrove).
The movie starts with a series of small problems on the station, like alarms that won't turn off and malfunctioning equipment. John feels like something is wrong, but he can't quite put his finger on what it is. Eventually, they realize that Earth has been completely destroyed in a cataclysmic event, possibly a huge solar flare. The crew of Pangea is completely alone, floating in space with no hope of rescue or even communication with anyone on Earth.
As the reality of their situation sinks in, the crew begin to unravel. John, who was once optimistic and eager to study the black hole, becomes despondent and withdrawn. Jackie struggles to keep up her usual cheerful facade. Wang, who is Muslim, prays more and more frequently, seeking comfort in his faith. Lisa, the youngest and most inexperienced of the crew, becomes frightened and paranoid.
One of the most interesting and compelling plot lines in the movie revolves around a strange signal that the crew picks up on their communication equipment. At first, they assume it's normal space noise, but as they continue to listen, they realize that it's a signal from Earth, sent long after the planet was destroyed. The signal is a recording of a woman's voice, talking about her love for her husband and her children. It's a poignant and moving moment - this recording of a single human voice is the only tangible reminder the crew has that there was ever anyone else out there.
The isolation and the lack of stimulus begin to affect the crew in strange ways. They hallucinate, they fight, they make decisions that seem illogical or irrational. There's a sense of tension and unease that permeates the entire movie. The cinematography is beautiful and breathtaking, with wide shots of the station as it floats through space and claustrophobic angles inside the cramped living quarters.
As the movie progresses, the problems on the station grow more and more serious. Oxygen levels drop dangerously low, food supplies run out, and the crew members begin to turn on one another. There's a real sense of hopelessness here - they are all going to die, and there's nothing they can do about it.
One of the most interesting aspects of the movie is the way it deals with the concept of time. As the crew gets further and further away from Earth, time slows down for them - a concept that's explained with reference to Einstein's theory of general relativity. This means that every day they spend on the station is longer than the day before, leading to a sense of disorientation and confusion. For example, at one point John realizes that he hasn't spoken to his wife in what feels like weeks, but in fact it's only been a day or two.
In the end, the movie is a meditation on loneliness, isolation, and the human need for connection. There are moments of great beauty and great sadness here, all played out against the stunning backdrop of space. The cast is excellent, especially Omar Epps, who gives a quietly powerful performance as John. The movie isn't perfect - there are moments that drag, and some of the dialogue feels stilted - but overall it's a thought-provoking and engaging take on the classic space drama trope of being adrift and alone in the universe.
3022 is a 2019 science fiction movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5.