This is a story about a father and son whose spaceships gets crashed and is now trapped in the Earth in a very remote place, which humans left very long ago to escape Cataclysm. Since Cypher got hurt in the crash, it’s Kitai responsibility to send an SOS. They both now need to figure out how to fight as their survival depends on it.
A film in which the text and subtext-an effortlessly gifted father presses his less-talented son to follow in his footsteps-are in perfect alignment. Alas, only in one of the two does the story end happily.