Despite its flaws, some of which are justifiably detailed in this review, the movie ultimately succeeds on a few different levels, not least of which are its moments of starkly beautiful cinematography. But more impressively, the nobility (for lack of a better word) of exploration and its accompanying adventurous thrills are well represented. Jettisoning the found footage format for a more traditional narrative may have been the advisable choice, but the focus on the science of space exploration, to which the filmmakers seem to faithfully adhere, and the feeling of history in the making work well nonetheless. The script does not suffer from the more obvious formulaic conventions, and for that, I'm thankful. In short, it's moderately flawed genius.