Gotta say, it was really strange to me hearing Patrick say he wanted exposition about “The Villain’s” motivations or backstory, and even didn’t think there was one.
Pinbacker only has a couple of lines in the movie, and his longest explains both his motivation, and the thematic connection that many people feel doesn’t exist between the two “parts” of the film.
“Our star is dying. All our science. All our hopes, our… our dreams, are foolish! […] When he chooses for us to die, it is not our place to challenge God.”
For me, this whole movie is a horror movie, of a sort, though not just because “Thrillers are Horror for Normal people”
There is a constant theme of The Sun, and Space, as an existential horror too vast and powerful for Our Human Bodies to resist, and for Our Human Minds to truly comprehend.
Searle is obsessed with it, and the implication is that he is a different fork on the road that Pinbacker went down in the face of that power. Kaneda is consumed by it completely. And the rest are destroyed by someone who comes to believe something so vast and powerful must have a Will of its own, and is compelled by that Will.
The final third does lose some of what makes the rest of the movie so special, I’ll say. It briefly loses much of the beauty that so defines the movie, and the otherwise stellar (NPI) music does take a dip into the stock standard discordant strings. Cassie’s character gets some short shrift as she ends up spending time as a nondescript Final Girl.
But I don’t think it can really be said to be an out-of-nowhere no-thought slasher film final act. It’s carrying the themes of the whole movie into a more human-scale climax.
Anyway, still really enjoyed the pod and the perspectives, there were just a couple of weird kneejerk reactions I would question.
Also baffling hearing Patrick saying we should have been shown more of “The Monster” if it wanted to be scary which just seems totally counter to so much horror thought. Y’all have to have seen the Alien suit in production shots, right? Thing looks mad goofy.