Noob Reviews: Space Sweepers
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Space Sweepers?
Released on 5th February 2021, Space Sweepers, which is also known as Seungriho in it's native South Korean. Is a Netflix original movie that follows the adventures of the crew of the scavenger ship The Victory. A crew whose day to day job is to collect debris from around the Earth to prevent it from damaging UTS property or plummeting to Earth with lethal force.
The year is 2092, and the Earth is becoming a desolate and uninhabitable place. However, the UTS corporation intends to build a vast colony on Mars and terraform it into a new home for humankind's chosen. The chosen been those who's wealth and social standing is high enough to deem them worthy of been taken to this new land.
Unfortunately for the UTS, a key component to their plans to speed up the annihilation of those deemed unworthy to go to Mars. And buy the project some much needed time and resources. Slips through their fingers and is found by the crew of The Victory. Unbeknown to The Victory's crew, when they discover a small girl (Dorothy) hidden away in their ship's hold - her presence puts them all in grave danger and yet sets them on a path of self-discovery and heroism, the likes of which are beyond their wildest dreams.
What type of genre is the film?
Space Sweepers is a sci-fi action-adventure but has also been classed by many as a space opera. A space opera that focuses on drama and the workings of a dystopian society.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix's YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Space Sweepers on Netflix here.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Space Sweepers?
When seeing the trailer for Space Sweepers, it looks fun, it seems barmy, and it looked like a great film - yet when I watched it, I soon realised Space Sweepers was a fantastic Korean entry that would really shake up the Korean movies coming over to the west - dare I say, this instantly became one of my favourite foreign films if not sci-fi films, to date.
Although Space Sweepers' story is not entirely unique, with many aspects having popped up in other films, books and anime over the years, the writers have tried to go all out and make their own mark, and they have managed to do so wonderfully. From the pacing to the action sequences, character development to story arcs, everything has been measured and executed with such a fine eye for detail. Personally, I loved the character development of Tiger (a reformed drug kingpin hiding in space to escape a death sentence) and Bubs (a former military bot who seeks to become a human female as they seek to forge their own identity within the crew).
When it comes to the cast, Richard Armitage was on point the entire film as a genuinely thrilling antagonist who came across at first softly spoken and well mannered but had a darker side to him which he relied on to see him through the tough times. Whether it be murdering one person in cold blood or billions with a planet-destroying weapon. However, apart from Richard, the cast was comprised of so many fantastic actors and actresses that made their characters (organic or robot) come alive with such enthusiasm and personality. If I had to compare Space Sweepers to anything, I would have to say imagine a Korean version of Firefly. Although Firefly will always be one of the sci-fi greats, Space Sweepers' sense of humour, comedic timing and dysfunctional crew of anti-heroes really gave me some strong Firefly vibes.
And last but by no means least we have the special effects and scenery. All I can say with regards to the presentation of Space Sweepers is wow. That's it, wow. The way the robots, space battles and space-based events occur is truly epic to behold. Everything appears so crisp and smooth as if (especially with the robots) they were meant to be a part of the scene, instead of being superimposed in. There is just a fluid structure that runs through the entire film that meets no resistance and just flows naturally, carrying the actors and actresses from one mind-bending scene to another.
Although Space Sweepers is not perfect and the story is not wholly original, it is definitely one of the better Netflix films out there and is a fantastic sci-fi film in its own right. The way the writers and cast build a world you want to be immersed in and involved in is next level, and I thoroughly enjoyed the film from start to finish. It's definitely one I can highly recommend as worth a watch, in either English dubbed or original South Korean audio with English subtitles.
What rating would you give Space Sweepers?
I would rate Space Sweepers as a fantastic 4.6 out of 5 bananas.
I would describe Space Sweepers as the Korean Firefly with a great heart and soul to it. The comedic timing, comedy and action are all balanced so perfectly as to compliment one another. The cast is a fantastic assortment of actors and actresses that give their roles their all, without overdoing it and every crew needs a Bubs - is probably the best way to describe how I felt about Bubs.
Space Sweepers is not only a comfortable but enjoyable watch and is something you will remember for days after watching it. With a few thought-provoking moments, action scenes that can only be described as eye candy and an alluring soundtrack - it is a treat for all of the senses.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Space Sweepers and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion - you can find the movie on Netflix here.