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Spaceship

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A teenage girl is apparently abducted by aliens in this freewheeling experimental British indie

There are times when this micro-budget British indie feels like an unintentional parody of experimental cinema: obscure pseudo-poetic dialogue delivered deadpan; circular plot threads that lead nowhere; entire scenes that bear no relation to the rest of the movie; pretty young people in crazy clothes rubbing up against each other. There are other moments when ‘Spaceship’ feels like something genuinely bold and unpredictable – but they’re a lot rarer.

The closest comparison is probably Andrea Arnold’s similarly loose and youthful ‘American Honey’. Here, a teenage girl from Aldershot vanishes in an apparent alien abduction, leaving her ‘outsider’ friends and perplexed dad to wonder what happened. But first-time feature director Alex Taylor is no Arnold. Where she found humour, tragedy and savage social satire in her young tearaways, Taylor finds self-focused rebellion and a seemingly bottomless capacity for asinine conversation. That said, there are some striking moments, notably a near-death experience in a neon-lit nightclub that’s the closest the film comes to an emotional climax.

Written by
Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 19 May 2017
  • Duration:86 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alex Taylor
  • Cast:
    • Alexa Davies
    • Lara Peake
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