Genetic modification in sci-fi thriller

The Titan, with Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Lennart Ruff.

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FORCED EVOLUTION: Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington) is selected for a genetic modification experiment to survive in a hostile extra-terrestrial environment in ‘The Titan’, now showing at Rosehill Cinema

If you are into science fiction movies then head to Rosehill Mall to watch The Titan, you won’t regret it.

Set in the near future when overpopulation and violent conflict has destroyed the environment, scientists are looking to Saturn’s moon Titan as a new home for humanity.

A team of scientists led by professor Martin Collingwood (Tom Wilkinson) is doing genetic experiments to modify humans t be able to endure life on Titan.

One of the candidates for the programme, Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington) is a fighter pilot who survived for three days in the Syrian Desert without food and water.

As he and other volunteers go through the experiment they get tested in the most gruelling challenges to assess their ability to survive extreme conditions. As time progresses the experiment seems successful, as Rick becomes able to swim at an incredible speed and stay under water for 40 minutes at a time.

However, there are physical and mental side effects noticed by Rick’s wife Abigail (Taylor Schilling).

Following a swimming drill, Rick finds that some of his hair is falling out, and one of the members begins convulsing in the bathroom and dies. The following night, while the experiment subjects are having a meeting, Abigail notices darker veins appearing on them.

Abigail, now questioning the safety of the experiment, takes swabs of the blood in Rick’s vomit, and discovers that the research team has been spying on them in the privacy of their home with hidden cameras.

Rick starts shedding large amounts skin and becomes more alienated from his family, taking time out by sitting at the bottom of the pool.

Other volunteers become violent as a side effect of the changes they are going through and one after the other dies.

The longest-lasting and most promising candidate, Rick is persuaded to undergo cornea surgery to accommodate for the low light on Titan.

Abigail has mounting concerns, but gets no answers from Martin. The true horrifying consequences of the experiment only eventually come to light.

The layers of suspense keep you on the edge of your seat.

BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU

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