The Midnight Sky is a pot of science fiction stew. It’s a concoction of The Martian, Gravity, Ad Astra, and Passengers all mixed together, and because it reminds us of all of those other movies, it winds up tasting slightly unoriginal. That’s not to say that George Clooney’s recent directing effort isn’t engaging. It’s pretty to look at and filled with emotions. It has all the trappings of a successful awards season vehicle. It’s just not better than many of the other movies that arrived before it. The Midnight Sky involves parallel stories, about a man named Augustine Lofthouse (Clooney) who has discovered a little girl named Iris (Caoilinn Springall) left behind at his mission control station on the arctic circle. He was supposed to be the last person left on the planet and now he must find a way to get her back to her family. Up in outer space is a five-person crew, hoping to make contact back home, after a long journey to find a more inhabitable planet. The goal is for both sides to make contact with one another, with Clooney drudging through the blistering cold to protect Iris, while the astronauts deal with their own outer space chaos. The missions are treacherous and daunting, the special effects are cool, and the score is gorgeous, but The Midnight Sky falls short of greatness with every step it takes.