Grounded is a short sci-fi that does more than incorporating amazing special effects. This story will bend your mind and force you to come up with your own interpretation. Before you start watching this short film, you have to read what the creator Kevin Margo has to say, or else I’m pretty sure the film might not make much sense.
One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.
My interpretation is that the guy was trying to fulfill his father’s life long dream, hoping to just get his approval. The other interpretation I had is that the scene between the old guy and the younger one shows humanity through history. There’s always one person doing his thing, in his own land and the other comes along and wants to emulate him. Then he wants what belong to the other and eventually it leads to war!
When he falls on the other astronaut and kills him, I think metaphorically he kills ‘the other’ guy’s dream or sort of steps on his toes, probably unknowingly. I’m sort of scratching my head over that bit. I think the overall theme is that we continue to copy/snatch/get what belongs to the other. But again, thats just my opinion. I love that this movie allows you to send your mind on a wild ride.
Grounded is shot so beautifully, the cinematography will delight your senses. Throughout the movie there are moments that will make you jump! I loved that about this lovely short flick.