The Space Between Us puts Asa Butterfield back amongst the solar system for the first time since 2013’s so-so Ender’s Game.
In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa (Britt Robertson – Tomorrowland). When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team…
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) digs out his cockerney accent again, while the cast also features Carla Gugino (San Andreas), BD Wong (Jurassic World), Janet Montgomery, Lora Martinez-Cunningham and Jenny Gabrielle.
What starts off as an intriguing sci-fi movie seems to degenerate into sloppily-written teen love.
The Space Between Us is released in the UK on August 19th.
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