“Prospect” does a lot with a little. In the day of action-packed, over-the-top blockbusters, it’s refreshing to see that there are still filmmakers who are more than happy to make small, intimate genre entries. “Prospect” is one of those films, and it works spectacularly.
The film focuses on a father, Damon (Jay Duplass), and his daughter, Cee (Sophie Thatcher). They function as a drifting duo, doing whatever odd jobs they can to survive. In this world, it’s all they can do. When their latest job goes awry, we get to see what they are both truly made of.
I absolutely love what goes on in “Prospect”. We aren’t dropped into a film riddled with exposition. In it, you either keep up or get left behind. These characters have spent their whole lives existing in a world we don’t know. And everything around them reflects that.
In an interview, the directors (Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell) mention their mutual love of the old Star Wars encyclopedias and that love shines through. The entire production design accomplished with such a minimal budget is breathtaking. Little things like the way the characters eat by plugging bags of food into their suits are the kind of details I absolutely love in sci-fi films. “Prospect” is full of things like that, and I will definitely be rewatching this film many times in order to soak in all the details I missed in my first viewing.
However, I couldn’t just stare at all the wonderful details of this world the first time around because the characters in it demanded my attention. Again, by creating such a small-scale story, Earl and Caldwell give us time to really invest in the people we meet. Cee is put in a perilous position, and watching her navigate it with such a cool demeanor is a delight. Along the way she meets another drifter, Ezra (Pedro Pascal), who is charming as all get out. They are a riveting duo and really dominate the film.
In particular, the scene with the arm (you’ll know it when you see it) grabs you and doesn’t let go. It’s a testament to these two actors giving such strong performances and the wonderful direction by the duo in charge. There are a few scenes like the one above in which I completely forgot about watching a movie and merely existed within a moment in a world far away, watching these people exist. It’s been a while since a film engrossed me to such a degree, and it was a lovely experience.
“Prospect” was a film I had initially dismissed after not hearing much about it. Don’t make my mistake. Eagerly seek this out as it is the type of film that deserves your support. Disney has more than enough money. Throw some of it to the little guy this time. You will not be disappointed.
Prospect is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally. It is rated R.
4 out of 5 stars