This movie about a military family's role in a genetic experiment mostly falls flat. Rick is the supposed subject of The Titan, but his story is seen mostly through the skeptical view of his doctor wife, Abigail, and that plants skepticism in the viewer -- not only about his plight, but also about the movie itself. The first 45 minutes pose an interesting, reality-based premise that invites our curiosity, but when Rick transforms into an earless, mute, human-made alien with gills and bat genes (who looks a lot like the character Worthington played in Avatar), all bets are off. Now the movie is just a less emotionally arresting version of The Fly, in which a scientist turns himself into a giant house fly to the dismay of his lover. Thus The Titan careens off the rails, leaving a slack-jawed audience wondering: What just happened?
Politically -- and this movie IS political -- this movie is at odds with itself. The government is enlightened enough to recognize that nuclear fallout, climate change, and other human-made ills are making Earth uninhabitable. On the other hand, somehow the government is also corrupt and backstabbing. The movie's biggest cop-out occurs when Abigail seems to whisper a speech into what's left of her alien husband's offscreen ear. Evidently her argument is sharply persuasive enough to make the previously resistant being leave his beloved wife and son behind, get himself on a rocket, and populate a distant, nitrogen-heavy moon. Wonder what she said? It's a good bet that the writers would love to know, too.