A double entrendre, Prospect the movie is about both the verb and the noun, prospecting for organically generated gems and the prospects of the characters following calamity. Although set on an alien moon, the plot would work as a western or in any other inhospitable, lawless place where people on the edge of society seek their fortune and trust is a scarce commodity. It is a character study: of the father/daughter relationship, but mostly of the bond that tenuously develops between the daughter and a morally ambiguous prospector. The scene where she prattles on about her favourite book is a turning point, beautifully written and acted. Both the daughter - a resourceful and gutsy teenager in a terrible predicament - and the prospector - a greedy and desperate man who will kill without compunction - are fully realized characters maneuvering to survive while mutually dependent. Prospect is well-written and the outcome is difficult to predict.

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