I had been attracted by the trailer on Netflix and settled down with low expectations as science fiction films tend to disappoint. However apart from the odd stray into silly horror type episodes with strange beasts this is a beautiful high concept film.
Something from beyond the earth 🌏 falls to earth and hits the ground near an automated lighthouse in an isolated area. Slowly a strange phenomenon begins to spread from the lighthouse. It is known as The Shimmer and its edge defies beauty, it is a fabulous moving display of iridescent colour. Obviously, this needs to be investigated. However, everyone who enters fails to reappear.
With this all in place and told in flashback a group of female scientists enter The Shimmer and bizarrely and typical of American culture are all dressed in military-style clothes and carry machine guns. can they do nothing without guns?
Inside The Shimmer it is very beautiful and fabulous to consider the implications of what is happening. It is a visual delight and the reason for the strangeness is a fabulous and original idea that tickled my scientific mind and the ending scenes are some of the best I have seen in a long time. To say more would be to spoil the film so I can do no more than encourage you to watch it for yourself.
It stars Natalie Portman but the real stars are the creators of the visual spectacle. A very satisfying film which I would watch again for the beauty of scenery and concept, a five-star watch.