Science fiction films, particularly those involving time travel, have long been a means of examining an ambiguous future. Perhaps the point of view emphasizes the whims of love relationships, like in The Time Traveler’s Wife, or perhaps there is an effort to correct errors and build a better future, as in Looper. In either case, the thought of someone from the future interacting with regular people is still intriguing.
The stories are typically recounted from the perspective of the unaware individuals in the present whose lives are drastically changed by a visitor, which is a cornerstone of the genre. The time traveler’s life is completely disorganized in this 2021 film, which has a captivating (and humorous) impact.
There are no references to the MCU in Captain Nova, despite sounding like a Captain Marvel counterfeit from Walmart’s clearance section. Underneath its modest marketing, this Dutch film about guilt, adventure, and the climate problem has a compelling narrative.
The film begins with an astronaut named Nova, age 37, on an ambitious mission to go back via a wormhole from her present day of 2050 to 2025. She manages to get through it with the aid of her dependable robot friend, ADD, but she soon learns that time travel has a negative side effect: She is once more the same age as she was in 2025—12 years old.
Nova still has a task to finish. She is armed with a cutting-edge tool that forces a person to experience time in slow motion, and she finds a buddy in Nas, a 15-year-old. Together, they avoid detection as they work toward Nova’s covert mission: stopping an energy executive from drilling into the North Pole to exploit the region’s natural riches, which would destroy the environment.
The pilot of the weird UFO that landed in the woods is being sought by the authorities in the meanwhile. The spacecraft has fingerprints, although they are of various sizes. The tiny prints lead them to 12-year-old Nova Kester. She is space-obsessed yet has no notion of what her future holds.
Although it may resemble Netflix’s other recent time-travel film, The Adam Project, the two Novas in this instance never really speak to one another. The motivating factor is instead the captivating relationship between Nova and Nas. Laughably, Nova rejects Nas’ attempt to kiss her since she is too old for him.
While Captain Nova is a movie about climate change, it never addresses the subject with smug preachiness, unlike, for instance, Don’t Look Up. Instead, you contemplate the background of our society, where young people are driving the battle against climate change, and you grasp the significance of these two teenagers taking on the corporate world. They are future adults whose lives depend on the decisions made today, not simply impassioned children. Nova offers both the viewpoint of an adult who has seen the grim future and that of a young person who is full of hope for the future.
The decisions Nova makes in the past have an impact on the future once she returns, but never in the way she intended. When you believe the movie is ended, Nova is made to make one final trip back in time. The outcome is endearing, humorous, and moving, and it’s worth your time.