Review: Intelligent sci-fi 'Prospect' invokes pioneer spirit

It’s become a cliché to say that some urban action picture or fantasy adventure is “really a western.” But the comparison is unavoidable with the thoughtful science-fiction drama “Prospect.” Writer-directors Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl have made a movie about struggling pioneers, seeking opportunities on a hostile frontier — which just happens to be another planet.

Sophie Thatcher plays Cee, a young woman weary of traveling across the stars with her father, Damon (Jay Duplass), looking for resources to extract and sell. On one of their expeditions, she meets Ezra (Pedro Pascal), a grizzled rogue, who changes her perspective on survival in deep space.