RUBIKON (2022) Reviews of sci-fi disaster movie – now with a clip

  

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‘Take a deep breath. It is your last’
Rubikon is a 2022 Austrian science fiction disaster film about a catastrophe on Earth which leaves the planet covered in a toxic fog. The crew of an orbiting space station must decide whether to risk their lives to get home and search for survivors, or stay safe in the station’s “algae symbiosis system”.

Directed by Magdalena Lauritsch (shorts: We Deliver a Smile; Clinch; Rote Flecken), making her feature film debut, from a screenplay co-written with Jessica Lind. Elisabeth Schmied was the story consultant. Produced by Klaus Graf, Loredana Rehekampff and Andreas Schmied.

The Samsara Filmproduktion-Graf Film production stars Julia Franz Richter, George Blagden, Mark Ivanir, Nicholas Monu and Daniela Kong.

Plot:
2056. A toxic cloud of pollution has swallowed the earth, killing untold numbers. The world’s nations have dissolved, with all power now left in the hands of a few giant corporations. The rich retreat to sealed biodomes while the poor choke and starve.

On the space station Rubikon, Hannah (Julia Franz Richter), Gavin (George Blagden), and Dimitri (Mark Ivanir) weigh the fate of the planet’s survivors. Should these crewmembers risk their own lives on a rescue mission to the surface, or ignore the old world to build a new one of safety and solitude, living off the station’s sophisticated algae symbiosis system?

Against the vast canvas of the cosmos, three people with different worldviews debate their moral responsibility to the species, all while grappling with the timely agony of isolation…

Reviews:
” …it contains good performances by its leading trio, and the aesthetics are top-notch. Even the CGI isn’t too bad for its low budget. Albeit, in Rubikon, that isn’t the case; it looks crisp and clear. The focus then needed to shift onto the screenplay. The writer had to take their time and ensure that it contained some fascinating storytelling paths.” Loud and Clear

Rubikon is not overblown with heavy-handed action. Don’t watch this film expecting the theatrics of Gravity. The visual effects and production design create an honest realism that builds palpable tension. Class divisions come into play. The well-written characters have existential conflicts with a surprising outcome on several fronts.” Movieweb

Release:
In the US, IFC Films will release Rubikon theatrically and On-Demand on July 1, 2022.
In Austria, Rubikon will be released on September 15, 2022.

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Cast and characters:
Julia Franz Richter … Hannah Wagner
George Blagden … Gavin Abbott
Mark Ivanir … Dimitri Krylow
Nicholas Monu … Philipp Jenson
Daniela Kong … Tracy Sato
Konstantin Frolov … Danilo Krylow
Hannah Rang … Knopf
Ljubisa Gruicic … Sergio
Jonas Gerzabek … Little Knopf
Stephanie Cannon … Esther’s voice

Filming locations:
2. Haidequerstraße 1-3, 1110 Vienna, Austria

UK trailer:

US trailer:

Clip:

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