The Space Between Us (2016) Reviews, Read All about it. The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.
Director: Peter Chelsom
Writers: Allan Loeb, Stewart Schill
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson
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The Space Between Us (2016) Reviews
Sarah Elliot and 5 other astronauts are going to embark on a 4 year mission to colonize Mars. This has been the dream project of Nathaniel Shepard, creator of Genesis Space Tech, since he was 12. Unable to go to Mars himself, he sends Sarah and the team with the approval and backing of NASA to Mars. After successfully landing on Mars, 2 months later, Sarah learns she is pregnant. Learning the news, Nathaniel and Director Chen argue of what is best for the baby, Sarah, and their mission. They decide to keep the pregnancy a secret from the public and let Sarah have the baby on Mars. Moments after Gardner Elliot is born, Sarah dies. 16 years later, after “being raised by scientist in a bubble”, Gardner, a romantic, is longing for a real connection on Earth. The closest he can get is FaceTiming a girl nicknamed Tulsa. Tulsa is a foster child who takes care of herself. She would rather be anyplace but Earth. When Gardner starts acting out, Kendra, his pseudo-mother and astronaut, convince Nathaniel and Chen to let him come to Earth. Once on Earth, all hell breaks loose. Gardner runs away from the base and starts a mission to find Tulsa, the father he never knew, and discover people’s favorite thing about Earth. But what Gardner doesn’t know is Earth’s gravity is making him sick. If he doesn’t get back to Mars, he could die. Kendra and Nathaniel will do anything to find and save him.
This film covers wanderlust and love expertly. You are allowed to see the beauty and scariness of Earth through Gardner’s eyes with breathtaking landscapes and surprising discovers of horses and trucks. The conversations between Tulsa and Gardner do not go beyond their years in order to point out the hypocrisy of human interactions. Some may have an issue with the “John Greene” ending, but the ending is realistic. It is worth seeing in theaters to enjoy the cinematography of Earth’s and Mars’s landscapes and the actor’s performances. The downfall is the build. Understanding Gardner on Mars takes half the film. You may tune out but this is a mistake. These scenes are very important for the 2nd half of the movie. So keep your eyes and ears open and see this movie before someone ruins the ending. You may be able to guess it, but its still worth watching.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.