Four filmmakers' award-winning, science fiction-based short stories about space travel, family, and artificial intelligence.
Directed by: Kristen Hilkert
, Nelson Lee
, Amir Reichart
, Vitaly Verlov
. Starring: Pom Klementieff
, Eric Roberts
, Neil Jackson
, Cynthia Kirchner
, Nelson Lee
, Russell Dennis Lewis
, Ashlee Mundy
, Peter Alton
, Mike Davies
, Paden Fallis
, Russell Bradley Fenton
, Nora Huetz
, Stephen Laferriere
5 Galaxies has five different science fiction stories in one film. Each segment is directed by a different creative talent, including Nelson Lee, Kristen Hilkert, Amir Reichart, Vitaly Verlov and Marc-Henri Boulier. It was originally released in 2018 as A.I. Tales. If any of the films feel disjointed, blame the lack of a narrative device to hold them all together and that many of them were short films released before they were collected here.
Seed: Directed by Nelson Lee, an actor who has appeared in several films such as Disney's new live action Mulan, this story is all about a man undergoing a combination birthday party and living funeral, all so an overpopulated society can keep on surviving, ala Logan's Run. Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis in the Marvel movies, shows up here.
INFINITE: This is the story of Jane, who decides to leave the Earth and her family behind as part of the Mars One Astronaut program. It's directed by Kristen Hilkert and co-written by its star Ashlee Mundy.
Phoenix 9: This short was originally made by in 2014 and is directed by Amir Reichart. A post-apocalyptic tale, it was shot in the Glamis Dunes in California's Imperial Valley, which was a location used to create Tatooine in the original Star Wars.
Redux: Originally made in 2015, this segment features Eric Roberts and is all about a scientist attempting to send a mission back in time before he is killed. It's directed by Vitaly Verlov, who often works in visual effects.
New York 2150: This is the pilot episode of the New York 2150 series, which was written and directed by Harry Assouline.
This is, as most modern portmanteaus are, a mixed bag. There are some interesting ideas, but I prefer Amicus style anthology movies that at least are moving toward one subject or conclusion.
Review by BandSAboutMovies from the Internet Movie Database.