An exciting journey to Mars launches three people into space. With a confident commander Marina Barnett (Toni Collette), the ship’s doctor Zoe Levenson (Anna Kendrick) and research scientist David Kim (Daniel Dae Kim), can’t believe the life-changing work they’re about to embark on. After a slightly rocky take-off, the ship docks onto a space station and the experts are set for their two-year expedition to Mars. Investigating a blood trail during a diagnostics check, Marina finds an unconscious man named Michael (Shamier Anderson) in one of the control panels. He proves to be a launch support engineer, an unexpected passenger injured during repairs to their ship. Zoe makes sure he’s taken care of and learns the ropes of living on a research vessel in space, but Michael causes a bigger issue by being on the ship. His accident damaged an essential piece of equipment, putting a strain on their air supply. Cutting corners on important research to help with the oxygen supply only causes more tension. Marina is desperate to find a solution to this seemingly impossible situation as the crew begins to embrace their newest member.
Stowaway is a slow-burn drama about morality, mortality and humanity. It’s the second part of a trilogy by Joe Penna, a director who first garnered success with his YouTube films. He enlists a powerhouse Hollywood cast; and Anderson creates plenty of empathy with his boy-next-door charm in this emotionally charged deep space thriller.