5 Galaxies is a new sci-fi film that’s now available on DVD and Digital. Much like this year’s Holiday Hell, the movie is a collection of shorts that allow a team of filmmakers to play in this realm and tell their own stories across various time periods and settings. For example, one is set in a contemporary future where a man wrestles with his responsibility to help an overpopulation crisis by killing himself at age 40, while another is set in a Phillip K. Dick-inspired word where a criminal is in possession of a face-shifting device. This all sounds rather interesting, but unfortunately it doesn’t make for the most engaging watch. 5 Galaxies is a muddled lineup of sci-fi shorts that struggles to live up to whatever intriguing potential they may have on-paper.
The biggest issue with the film is a painful disconnect between the five shorts. Unlike Holiday Hell, there’s no framing device that ties all of the vignettes together, so the complete picture has a random feel to it, rather than being a cohesive work. Additionally, the shorts themselves feel incomplete – almost as if they are individual acts pulled out of a longer feature (or a proof-of-concept demo for a full movie). Many of them lack either the necessary setup to help certain emotional beats land or a proper resolution. Too often, the shorts will frustratingly end just as things really start to get interesting and present a challenge for the characters, which can be maddening for the viewer. If the directors had more time to flesh things out, there might have been some fascinating works here, but instead some of the shorts feel inconsequential and unsatisfying.