A young man raised by scientists on Mars returns to Earth to find his father.
You know how it goes. The boy (Asa Butterfield) meets the girl (BrittRobertson), there’s mutual liking and they want to meet… but there’sa space between them. So he will travel to Earth from the Mars colonywhere he was born.
Also starring: Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and B.D. Wong, because eventhe coolest teenagers need some adults around.
”The Space Between Us” rides on the current wave of Young Adult, or YAfor short, novels and movies which has dowsed the cinemas for the lastten years or so.
It’s still about romance, some sci-fi and action like the most of them(or at least the most popular of them) but it brings some refreshingchanges to the menu.
It’s based on an original screenplay and not novel. It offers sci-fiand action without relying on done to death YA clichés (dystopiansociety, dating or fighting supernatural beings, etc). It putscharacters in real danger so you can’t always predict whethereverybody’s gonna make it. It doesn’t have clear-cut good and badguys…
And last but by far not least, the movie has a nice classic StevenSpielberg-ian feel which puts the sense of wonder and adventure back tosci-fi which, in my humble opinion, is often missing or buried underall those visual effects and pizazz setpieces.
Even good old Spielberg himself is not always able to pull it off: themovie makes you actually care about the characters because there’s areal human backbone to the story. It’s entertainment but it also hasheart.
All this rests very much on the lead man Asa Butterfield who was 18during the filming and turns 20 this April.
Former child star of ”The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, Scorsese’s”Hugo” and ”Ender’s Game” fame, this guy has grown to become a fineyoung actor indeed.
I very much enjoyed his soft but sure performance as an innocent andfragile alien braving the world unknown to him. He has found aseemingly perfect balance between strange, childlike and soulful thatthe role asks of him, and I’d be glad to see him getting some awards ornominations for this standout work.
He even has this memorable, Pinocchio-ish appearance and style ofmoving which seems suitable for a person not used to Earth’s gravity.
The other characters stay more in the background, so this turns out tobe Asa Butterfield’s show, and he more than fulfills the promise.
The next most interesting performance comes from Oldman who ventures inthe land of brashness and theatricality, in a good way. The agingthespian hasn’t offered this kind of colorfulness for quite some time(in a big movie, at least) and I enjoyed it to the point of feelingthat his character was underused. Holding him in the background makessense in the context of a whole story, though.
If you find my score surprisingly high, please remember that it’s madefor a YA crowd, or at least a teenager in all of us. I would notrecommend it alongside 8 out of 10 movies made for older viewer groups.Probably.
But 8 is not too generous. I liked ”Space” very much and its overallquality more than compensates a shallow story which surely would workbetter longer. This could be a bona fide modern classic if thecharacters and events had more room to develop and breathe. Maybe inthe form of (mini-)series or something.
If you like ”The Space Between Us” and look for something similar towatch, I would recommend 2014’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” for moving YAstory, or 2015’s ”Tomorrowland” as an uneven but good example of how tocombine sci-fi and action in a YA movie.
I choose to end this review with an off-topic anecdote which I justhappen to like very much:
Q: Why did astronaut leave his wife? A: He needed more space
Saw an advanced screening:
Plot felt very, very rushed & at many time unrealistic. BrittRobertson’s acting was too forced and her character itself wasannoying. She was really rude, hitting Gardner upon meeting him for thefirst time, criticizing and demeaning him. All that lovey dovey stuff –again rushed. Also, that plot twist with the dad was very convenient.
I know people will not like my opinion but for the last 45 minutes Iwas just on my phone half the time because watching those two togetherwas /r/cringe. My friend, on the other hand, who likes these types ofmovies thoroughly enjoyed this movie so watch at your own risk!
I went to see the movie as an accompanying adult with my little sisterand her friends, who are all 13. The plot seemed promising at first. Akid born on Mars, that’s a cool take on Martians, right?. That was notthe case. About 30 minutes into the film, I started twitching in myseat, about how little sense it all made. Got worse the more it wenton. In my opinion, it was a mediocre story built around a great initialidea. I can’t rant without spoiling, so I’ll just say that the lovestory is weak and develops too fast. The kids are supposed to be 16 inthe film, yet the 22+ looking Britt Robertson makes Asa Butterfieldlook more 14 than 16. In my opinion, it’s unrealistic and pointless tosee unless you are into a super super easy watch and won’t getdisturbed by stuff like 3 inch thick see-through laptops 16 years intothe future; 16-year-olds crashing a plane into a building and jumpingoff on the last minute before a great explosion like Bruce Willis inDie Hard; half the movie being 16-year-olds making out and stealingcars; and of course a super predictable ending.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This movie had the feel of an old and outdated Disney flick. The moviewas neither bad nor good, it was interesting but just a little bit off.
If you provide the money for a film production you the right to shapehow the movie gets made, what cultural values the film portrays, thetone of the film, and the substance of the story and the characters.This story had a few uplifting moments, it was filmed well, it hadinteresting characters, it had a weak story from a science fictionpoint of view, but something was foreign about the sense andsensibilities of this production. The film was ”culturally foreign”because it was produced by Chinese money.
Will Chinese movies that are produced in America be able to improve?
I don’t think a modern American teenager would find anything in commonwith this movie. The movie was culturally connected to China and thusit was totally disconnected with American realities.
Perhaps this movie would play better in China.
I am of the opinion that this film was misshaped by the lens of thefunding source, in this case a major Chinese production company thathas bought up a good swath of Hollywood. To draw and analogy with food;this movie did not taste ”American” nor as a ”foreign-film: wasproviding us with authentic or even good ”Chinese food.”
Don’t be confused, this is a teen romance picture. It’s just that oneteen is from Earth, and the other is from Mars. I actually found itvery sweet. Mars boy without a clue, and Earth girl with all theanswers. Great acting, great direction, fantastic score. The specialeffect were a bit dodgy. This film was was supposed to come out inAugust, then pulled to December, and now it’s released in February.Please see this film!!! I found it very uplifting. The performances ofAsa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and BDWong are fantastic. I have to keep writing because IMDb won’t let areview of anything less than 10 lines ling post. Did I mention this isa kid friendly film? Thank you.
”What’s your favorite part about earth??
Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson star as the disaffected loversseparated by 140 million miles. Of the two, Asa’s performance is morerobotic (at least partly intentional due to the character’s uniquecircumstances), while Britt steals the show as she teaches her friendfrom another planet how to feel, and connect, and love.
”Courage is just fear that has said it’s prayers.”
Don’t come expecting to see satisfying sci-fi, 2034 Mars is just thesetting for the story between two teens searching for connection,finding it in the ultimate long distance relationship.
The 2017 adventure-drama-romance ”The Space Between Us” (PG-13, 2:00)is the tale of two teens
played by Asa Butterfield and BrittRobertson, who shine as two of the most promising young adult actors ofthe 2010s. At just eight years old, Butterfield anchored the underseenHolocaust drama ”The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. At 10, he filmed thetitle role in Martin Scorsese’s ”Hugo” which became a Best PictureOscar nominee and earned Butterfield several young actor accolades,including a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer. Inthe ensuing years, he starred in high-profile film adaptations of thenovels ”Ender’s Game” and ”Miss Peregrine’s Home for PeculiarChildren”. For her part, Robertson has received similar awardsrecognition, but mostly for very different kinds of roles. In her teensand very early 20s, she appeared in the films ”Keeping Up with theSteins”, the Steve Carell comedy ”Dan in Real Life”, ”Scream 4” and”The First Time”, followed by a few short-lived TV series including”Life Unexpected” and ”Under the Dome”. Her film career really startedto take off with roles in ”White Rabbit”, the adaptation of theNicholas Sparks’ novel ”The Longest Ride” and the under-appreciated”Tomorrowland”. Pretty impressive resumes for this stage in theircareers! But before their careers reach the proverbial stratosphere,Movie Fans get to see the two rising stars in an on-screenstratosphere, part of a romance that’s ”Out of This World”, as the filmwas originally titled.
”The Space Between Us” follows the life of Gardner Elliot(Butterfield), the first person born on Mars, who wants nothing morethan to come to earth. Astronaut Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery),unaware that she’s pregnant, is going into space, leading the firstgroup of humans to actually live on Mars. At the end of her long tripto the Red Planet, she goes into labor. Sarah delivers a healthy babyboy, but dies immediately afterward, which creates a long list ofcomplex problems. The private company which financed the Mars colony(known as ”East Texas”) is concerned about a probable public relationsnightmare (and possible resulting loss in their funding) but is alsovery worried about how the young boy caught in the middle of thissituation will grow and develop physically (in Mars’ gravity) andemotionally (with no parents to care for and raise him). After thecompany’s board discusses all of the implications of the situation,Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman), the company’s visionary creator, andTom Chen (BD Wong), the company’s CEO, agree to lie to the world aboutthe reason for Sarah’s death, keep her infant son’s very existenceclassified and leave the boy on Mars to grow up in ”East Texas”.
Gardner ends up being raised by scientists, but mostly astronaut KendraWyndham (Carla Gugino), who looks after him and is the closest thing hehas to a mother, but it’s not the same as actually knowing his ownmother. When we see him as a 16-year-old, his intelligence is obvious,but we’re also aware that he has never had a friend (or even metanyone) his own age. He builds a robot with rudimentary AI, but it’snot the same as having an actual best friend. He has struck up a Skypefriendship with a teenage girl who goes by the nickname of Tulsa(Robertson), but Gardner has to lie to her about who and where hereally is. Tulsa is a foster kid who was abandoned by her parents whenshe was four and has been transitioning from bad foster home to badfoster home ever since. Tulsa is jaded and a little bitter, whileGardner is naïve and optimistic, but their shared longing to break outof their current circumstances helps them to bond, along with theirshared experience of not having been raised by their birth parents.
When the doctors at East Texas come up with a medical procedure thatsolves some of the physical challenges Gardner would encounter inearth’s gravity, those at NASA and at Shepherd’s company who alwayswanted Gardner to have his chance to visit earth finally prevail andGardner is prepared for his first trip from the Red Planet to the BluePlanet. When he arrives, he is immediately placed in quarantine whiledoctors run tests to determine whether he would be in any medicaldanger on earth. Anxious to experience earth for himself, and worriedthat the scientists are going to send him back to Mars, he escapes andmakes his way to Colorado to meet Tulsa. She is very skeptical when hetells her the truth about his background, but she helps him evadeShepherd and Kendra (who are desperately searching for Gardner) and thetwo teens go on a road trip to fulfill Gardner’s ultimate goal offinding his father.
”The Space Between Us” is creative, entertaining and touching, butnoticeably flawed. Butterfield is perfectly cast and exudes an earnestsweetness that is captivating, while Robertson does her usual excellentwork, but doesn’t feel like the best fit for her role. For comparison(even if it requires referencing movies from different generations),this one is reminiscent of 2014’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” as well asthe 1976 made-for-TV movie ”The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”. Thismovie’s premise is inspired and screenwriter Alan Loeb’s focus on thebudding romance between Gardner and Tulsa personalizes the story butthe improbability of much of the plot almost pushes it from sciencefiction into fantasy. Director Peter Chelsom strikes a good balancebetween the drama and the natural humor that would arise from thesituations in such a story, but has trouble effectively blending thelarger-than-life tale with the very personal saga at the film’s core.Still, there are some cool twists. This movie is enjoyable, but there’stoo much space between its potential and its execution. ”B”
This is basically a movie about two teenagers on the run. They meet forthe first time. The girl is streetwise and assertive. The boy is geekyand naive. They drive off through an America with lots of greatscenery, and there’s humour and romance and some feel good music. Thisis what is at the heart of the movie and it works well.
What doesn’t work well is the back story, about the boy being born onmars. It makes for a pretty uneven film that starts out as a sci-fimovie with a crew of astronauts heading out to the stars, then morphsinto something completely different. The special effects in space arewasted, because this part of the story didn’t really need to be shown.Plus, some of the incidental music doesn’t work too well.
The makers should’ve just stuck to the story of a lost boy who wantedto see the world, and a girl who just didn’t fit in and was willing toshow it to him.
”What is your favorite thing about earth?” Asa Butterfield repeats hisnaive prompt throughout the film like he’s the guileless test subjectof a viral campaign. And as luck would have it he is; in addition tobeing the poster child for Ford, Sam’s Club, Dream Chaser and CicretBracelets. ”Dreaming” responds a minor character. A good answer, anyonewith any understanding of plot could have dreamed up a better movie intheir sleep.
The Space Between Us uses theoretical interplanetary settlement as ajumping off point for earthbound romance. Our protagonist Gardner(Butterfield) is the very first human born on Mars. His birth on thered planet is seen by the powers that be as a potential PR nightmare.That in conjunction with Gardner’s Martian physiology necessitates asixteen year cover-up resulting in a young boy raised by scientists andsocialized by movies and books. Fortunately the same company that wascruel enough to keep Gardner on Mars, agrees to bring him back. Gardneris elated, partially because he’ll finally be able to experience thisbeautiful blue marble of ours, but also so he can finally meet Tulsa(Robertson), a girl he’s kindled a friendship with.
As with last years Collateral Beauty (2016), also written by AllanLoeb, The Space Between Us noticeably sidesteps any serious moralquestions and instead pumps enough sugar into this thing to kill ahorse. Gary Oldman is cast as a Richard Branson-type space entrepreneurwhose scenes with BD Wong and Carla Gugino could have yielded earnedinsights but instead all of his shrieking becomes tangled in pointlessplot reveals that at best provide a time clock and at worst make nosense.
But hey, I get it, if The Space Between Us wants to be nothing morethan A Walk to Remember (2002) in space fine. Never mind that thescience is shabbily researched, and the editing makes the finishedproduct resemble Swiss cheese. So long as the film has somethingworthwhile to say, the prime demographic can walk away with their headsheld high, knowing they watched something passable.
Alas the film not only doesn’t deliver on the very fundamentalfunctions of storytelling, it downright s**ts on those fundamentals tojustify its own existence. ”If people just walked around saying whatthey felt, who knows, the whole world might wind up happy!” Tulsa saysin the throws of a insolent fit. The scene isn’t meant to justify abudding relationship between our two adolescent runaways but insteadfeels like the screenwriter is trying to justify his own shoddy work.He’s pretty much saying, ”yeah these characters are unreal but at leastthey can be happy!” Fact is, if you’re not immediately won over by TheSpace Between Us’s saccharine unearned romanticism you’ll be rollingyour eyes to the point of induce nausea. If however you findButterfield’s Frankenstein Monster walk or Britt Robertson’stough-cookie act somehow appealing then maybe you can still have a goodnight filled with giddy unintentional hilarity. As for me, my favoritepart about earth right now is the fact that I only ever have to watchthis crap once.
It’s rare that I find a movie that my wife and I both like. She’s moreof a Hallmark movie type; I’m a little more cerebral. But we bothenjoyed it. Sure, there are some implausible plot points and badscience, but not enough to destroy the movie. I’ve seen worse sciencein some of the Star Trek films. I wish they had budgeted enough for amore plausible future; going to Sam’s and playing 2016 Yamaha keyboardsprobably bugged me more than anything else There’s some nicecamera-work and a sweeping score. The ending is good enough –satisfying but not too cheesy. The two kids bring you into the story.Get off your high horse and enjoy it.
Okay, I’m old school dude. Like Golden Age of Science Fiction old.Maybe I’m too tolerant. But I’m not the only one! There is a lot ofslamming going on here. The truth is this isn’t a bad movie. If youwant to be cynical then go right ahead and not enjoy yourself. Thisisn’t science fiction. It’s fantasy. Most of the gripes I read arelegit. There are plenty of things that aren’t scientifically correct.The plot is a new twist on an ancient concept. It’s a STORY. I like themovie because it was fun to watch. Entertaining. And for a change, nota shot was fired except for rockets. So cut it a little slack and go inand be entertained.
With great pacing, good editing, and energizing use of melodious music,this transcendent love story avoids the typical hyped-up specialeffects (that are amazing but remain appropriately in the backgroundexcept when a character’s own experience makes into the main part ofthe theme of the scene), overly dramatic action adventure like TheDemolition Man (1993) and focuses primarily on the emotional evolutionof special relationships that matter to human beings. Gary Oldmanfinally gets of delicate and surprisingly riveting role if one payscareful attention, unlike his overly serious, rather superficial rolein Lost In Space (1998) or even the more traditional yet stilltwo-dimensional character from The Dark Knight (2008) and maybe more inline with his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011).
The melancholy of relationship bonding lost, found, threatened withlost, filled with regret, discovery, and longing are infused throughoutthis movie. Elements from D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) about a robotic boy, Kate &Leopold (2001) about a man from the 19th Century ending up in the 20thCentury, Meet Joe Black (1998 with Brad Pitt playing death, or even ThePrince and Me (2004). The storyline never veers off into the outrageousand keeps the plot pretty normally ”weird” and remains believable forthe most part. Overall, this movie at its core remains human in itsdiversity and speaks to the power of connection as the most importanthuman experience regardless of distance or time something that manymovies don’t do as well.
”What is your favourite thing about Earth?”
It may be such a simple yet overwhelming question, considering all thewonderful things that make up our world and each and every little thingthat makes up all the good in all our individual lives. Yet one of myfavourite slogans so far of 2017 is one that asks very deep and a heavyemotional response.
Sadly, the slogan seems to be one of the very few deep parts thatcomprise director Peter Chelsom’s newest inspirational film The SpaceBetween Us. The UK director seems to be on some sort of positive cinemaboost, given his last film Hector and the Search for Happiness is aparabolic film about one doctor’s real life pursuit of life’s greatestgift.
Sadly, with The Space Between Us, Chelsom’s handle on science fictionis very scarce, even though space accounts for a very small portion ofhis newest film. The Space Between Us is a love story through andthrough. Dabbling with elements of the who-dun-it narrative, as well asthe coming of age story arc, Space is a modestly budgeted film withsome great ambition that really doesn’t live up to the hype and onefilm that has its gaze far beyond the horizon. Think of it as a filmthat promises finding the gold at the end of the rainbow, only toreally deliver Skittles, I mean, if Skittles are your thing.
The cosmic love story begins well before either of our love birds begantheir courting, nearly two decades before, when a young and ambitiousastronaut, Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery) and her crew, become thefirst group of individuals to colonize and inhabit Mars for four years.Placed in the care of their precarious and idealist leader and founder,Nathaniel Shepard (Gary Oldman), Nathaniel’s Genesis program partnerswith NASA to deliver Sarah and her sacrificial crew to the unknownplanet of Mars. Given that all the numbers, scenarios and outcomes werealready pre- planned, the one situation no one anticipated, was Sarahpregnancy. Giving birth and losing her life before she makes it toMars, the Genesis program agrees to make the child’s birth a completeclassified secret. Luckily, Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) makes itsafely to Mars, as we flash forward to Gardner’s adolescents. It is inMars that Gardner grows up, interacting with the brightest scientistsfrom NASA, who continue to occupy Mars, practically and implicitlycontributing to Gardner upbringing, Gardner lacks many average teenagecharacteristics, despite his closest maternal relationship on thespaceship to botanist Kendra Wyndham (Carla Gugino). Gardner’sintellect is established quite early on, showing off how book smart andscientifically minded the youngster really is.
Bored with nothing but causing chaos aboard the station, Gardner useshis smarts to trick everything and everyone on Mars. Learning of hissecrecy to Earth early on, Gardner begins using the Wi-Fi (yup, theyhave internet in Mars) to make new friends on Earth. Concealing histrue identity and current situation to an online friend and potentiallove interest Tulsa (Britt Robertson), the two spark a friendship thatoriginated on an Orphan based online chat room. As the two orphansbegin developing a closer relationship thanks to futuristic FaceTimingand instant messaging to one another, it becomes quite clear thatGardner is ready to finally venture to Earth, despite his physicalboundaries and various health issues, including his oversized spaceheart, brittle bones, his foreignness to gravity and his very poorhuman social skills.
While Gardner’s time spent on Mars is very limited, his caregiver andclosest friend Kendra, begins campaigning for Gardner’s request tovisit Earth, not only to finally see Tulsa, but to find out theidentity of his father. Half way across the Universe, once on Earth,Gardner surprises Tulsa at school, where the two team up and break manylaws in search of Gardner’s father. While discovering America, Gardnerfalls in love with Tulsa, and the two love birds steal their way toArizona where they embark on an adventure that involves the GrandCanyon, hot air balloons and some pretty romantic locales.
Sadly, Space is a project that has been in development for quite sometime, having Asa attached since before he was casted as Ender Wiggin inthe sci-fi Ender’s Game. While many cast and crew moved on, Asaremained attached with the project until it was green lit, withRobertson as his Tulsa. Unfortunately, while Robertson and Butterfieldcontinue to prove their strong acting skills on screen, the two neverreally convince audiences of their love story and romance, sharing analmost big sister/little brother type relationship instead. Not that Iwant to pry and say age is just a number and its how you feel, but thetremendous age difference of seven years shows in troves during thefilm between Butterfield and Robertson; relaying a much more siblinglike relationship, with kisses almost placed on-cue just for the simplefact to lure young people in, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Thinkof it as a script written much like the early drafts of Star Wars,before George Lucas knew he was going to make Luke and Leia brother andsister. Maybe its just a science-fiction thing? Sadly, since Hollywoodis obsessed with the telling of love stories, it is easily felt thatthe relationship between Gardner and Tulsa would have worked muchbetter without the forceful element of love.
On top of the very unconvincing relationship between the two youngstars, the production does what it can with its very modest budget, andabsolutely does a wonderful job with its production design and sets,but really shows a very poor quality string of editing choice thatreally shows the narrative inconsistencies in the film.
On an trip to Mars, A woman has a child born on the planet. Unable tocome to Earth the child grows up isolated with only adult scientist totalk to, but through the power of the internet he meets a friend who heis dying to get to Earth to see.
It’s the type of movie you would call heart warming as the movie isable to melt your heart.
Asa Butterfield seems to have mastered the fish out of water character.You could not help but to love watching him adjust to Earth’s gravityand other things they don’t have on Mars.
So while I was slightly disappointed about how little sci-fi has toactually do with the story it’s still a great science fiction story.
Really like it.
Space Between Us is a very well made movie with excellent acting. It abit of a dead end ending when the two lovers are separated….BUT itreeks of sequel, as at the end, the super hot lady is taking trainingat NASA through the now retired NASA astronaut lady who adopted her. Iforesee a future sequel of her flying to Mars and being reunited. OR,since the two displayed a very high degree of passion and loveespecially in the overnight sleeping bag scene, very possible of herbeing pregnant and child inherits the same problems as the father andboth wind up living on Mars. The acting and story line and great and itmakes the viewer really push and root for the two lovers. It appearsthat the two may have been married by the shaman that they hadvisited…..which posed a more important reason they should betogether. Waiting for the next movie….and I hope soon.
Keeping the science fiction part out (as it makes no much sense, likehow can Gartner send instant messages from Mars to Earth despite thedistance… is it a superpower of the actor? He did the same in Ender’sGame), the idea is nice and well played. Asa and the others are good intheir roles and you can see the chemistry building up between him andTulsa. I could relate to Gartner joy and pain and disappointments asthe movie rolled. It has some funny moments as well and a twist at theend that will make you reconsider some previous scenes… and ask fewmore questions.
I would anyway recommend the movie, especially for the valentineperiod.
‘THE SPACE BETWEEN US’: Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A sci-fi teen romance, about a boy that’s born on Mars who wants tovisit Earth, but it might kill him. The film stars Asa Butterfield,Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino. It was directed by PeterChelsom, who’s also helmed a lot of other sentimental tearjerkers likethis, and it was written by Allan Loeb, with Richard Barton Lewis andStewart Schill. The movie has received mostly harshly negative reviewsfrom critics, and it’s also bombed at the Box Office so far. I lovedit!
The story is set in the near future, when an astronaut who’s sent toMars, named Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery), discovers she’s pregnant.Sarah decides to have the baby there, but she dies during childbirth.Knowing that it might kill the child, who’s named Gardner, to try tobring him home to Earth, the remaining astronauts raise him there onMars. At 16, Gardner (Butterfield) decides that he really wants tovisit his home planet, but the man in charge of the space mission,Nathaniel Shepherd (Oldman), is afraid that he won’t survive the visit.Gardner becomes obsessed with the idea though, and he also really wantsto meet his father. A teenage girl, that he meets online, named Tulsa(Robertson), helps him.
The movie is very sentimental; but I love sentimental movies, whenthey’re done right (like this one is). It’s well written, and acted(you can never go wrong with Gary Oldman). It’s also a very sweet, andquite touching, love story; and it’s about outcasts finding their wayin life. I think it’s an extremely beautiful (and very well made)movie, and I don’t understand the critical hate against it (onceagain). Audiences, that have seen it, all rave about it (it has anaverage viewer rating of A-). The film kind of reminds me of‘COLLATERAL BEAUTY’ (which was also written by Loeb), from the end oflast year. I loved that movie as well, and the critics hated it. Screwthe critics!
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This is yet again the reason why I don’t believe in movie reviewers,who have no actual qualifications for their jobs. This was a wonderfulmovie in every way; acting, direction, humor, pathos, plot and theme.Most actual movie goers liked it. I saw La La land, which is expectedto get all the big awards this year; it was very good, but not betterthan the above film, despite radically different kinds of reviews.
At first I thought it was not my kind of film as I’m more of an actionfilm myself. However I can honestly say this film is quite astonishing.A film that I did not want to end and just wanted to keep watching.Definitely a must see, it won’t suit everyone but like I said at firstit didn’t suit me and I loved it. Let’s see a sequel!!!!
I didn’t go into this movie expecting much certainly not amazingspace shots, or extraordinary visual artistry but I was absolutelytaken with this film. Asa Butterfield stole my heart away in the filmHugo and in this picture, he is once again ideally cast. He iswonderful as Gardner Elliot, the first baby born on Mars, trying tofind himself, love, and what earth is all about. Carla Gugino as ‘thebest mother he never had’ is also perfectly cast. I was impressed,also, by Gary Oldman. Britt Robertson as Tulsa, the street smart kidGardner connects with on earth is okay, but why is it that every time Ilook at her I see a young Renee Zellweger before she had her facetotally redone and became somebody else? I think it’s maybe the mouth,not sure, but I kept seeing Zellweger anyway. Not that she didn’t do agood job, because she did. Perhaps a bit over the top on occasion, butthat’s likely due to her script more than anything. All in all, this isa beautiful story. And I was surprised to see places here on earth witha new eye ”What’s your most favorite part about Earth?” and thebeauty of it all. The sensory overload in Las Vegas was absolutelybelievable and fitting. I really did enjoy this movie and will likelybuy it when it comes out in DVD. I liked it that much.
This is my first time reviewing a movie on IMDb. Why? Because, thismovie needs one. I felt so bad for Gary Oldman. I mean, I know he’sgetting paid for it and all, but it felt like a waste of talent.
I don’t know if I’m not the right demographic (age 27) or what, but ifI had one word to describe this movie it would be ”cringeworthy.” Whilewatching the cinema, I wished I had a turtle shell, so I hide myselffrom the terrible script, the random shaky shots, the terrible music(okay there was this one song I liked, the one she plays while insidethe truck), the blatant attempt to do interracial mixing that lasts for5 seconds of a five hour movie.
Why did I watch this? Why didn’t I watch Hidden figures instead. Moneywasted. Time wasted. Do not go to the cinema to watch this. Don’t evenwait for it on DVD. Don’t even pirate it. One day when you’re atsomeone’s office or waiting in the lobby somewhere, this movie is goingto come on. This is the movie you watch while waiting for somethingelse important to happen.
Well, saw this in the theater last night…
As a huge fan and admirer of Asa Butterfield’s talent… I was reallylooking forward to this…
Instead…??? I found a childish plot, sloppy storytelling, poordirection, questionable acting performances… and the major plottwist… basically telegraphed, from the start.
So sad… Asa Butterfield deserves FAR BETTER motion pictures than thispoor excuse for a motion picture…
What was he thinking, when he signed on for this lame project???Next???
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I expected this movie to be intriguing and entertaining, in turn, itwas boring. Asa Butterfield was pleasant to watch, Britt Robertson ishard working but always lacks chemistry with all her co-stars.Nathaniel Shepherd played by Gary Oldman is a dick, greedy and selfishearlier in the movie. Janet Montgomery plays Asa’s mom, and she is socute and charming. I liked how a girl was heading the team
This movie was a good Sci-Fi adventure movie mixed with some romanceand fantasy. My friends and I went to see this together and we allloved it. It has the perfect amount of adventure, cliffhangers, plottwist, and romance. The ending definitely leads me to believe theremight be a second movie. This movie can be a bit cheesy at times, butall around I thought it left a great message. I like how one of thecharacters that isn’t from Earth goes from living on Mars to Earth andthere is a big change in environment and when he meets the girl fromEarth that he has been instant messaging from Mars and follows heraround like he knows what he’s doing. I also think that the two mainactors, Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, did a great job portrayingtheir characters and they were a perfect fit for their part.
OK first of this is very scientifically inaccurate and a little sillyso if you can’t get over that then this movie isn’t for you. Howeveronce I ignored that it was a great movie not like most romance films.Whereas romance films are usually filled with nothing but hope this wasjust romantic moments in a world neither of them were meant for and theconstant feeling that things wouldn’t work out. Great sense of humourwhich is as cynical as the rest of the film. It’s a constant battlebetween hope and reality – something most romance films ignore.
Honestly, I don’t know what’s wrong with the bad reviews, I wanted totype a review so I can make a little difference in here, I enjoyed themovie so much It has an incredible story (Long distance love) he is inmars and she’s on earth. Millions of miles, long way from home howcool. The movie also shows what will happen If someone was born in Marsand actually brought to Earth later. I found this movie very enjoyableand It has really great actors and it was a great experience. Don’tlisten to the reviews that say this movie for 12-15 yr old. Nah…don’tlisten to them and trust me when I say this movie was awesome.
I don’t know why there is so much hate for this film, but I think it’sprobably because people stopped dreaming and tinder turned romance intoshopping. This film is not an action packed ”Gravity”, nor it is asintense as ”Martian”, but being a single sci-fi nerd I enjoyed thisfilm. Quite possibly it’s a film more targeted at men. Yes I get thatin reality there is a communication delay between Mars and Earth, inreality we don’t have transparent notebooks yet, in reality a city onMars is 50 years away from now, in reality no girl would wait a boy for7 months and then go through years of an astronaut training program tosee him again(oh wait he ain’t even a dream man of every woman onEarth,50 Shades is that way>>). So boring realists, please just leavethis film for hopeless romantics who dream about cities on Mars and asweet tender teenage love…
I WANTED to love this movie. But this movie needed at least twore-writes and they said no. The actors did their job but the story wasweak. And it was so Ham-handed with the romantic bull. I am reallyangry in the sense that this will inspire Hollywood not to make scifimovies –
This must be one of the best movies I have seen in a long time! Asa isa wonderful, and extremely under appreciated actor. The movie had agreat story and really fascinating takes on many subjects. A mustwatch, too bad it has not gained the attention it deserves. Thedirector has made several interesting decisions, which all played outvery well. I am truly impressed with the overall picture that waspresented, but to truly make it justice I must once again go back toAsa Butterfield. While all actors in the movie are great, he is trulyextraordinary. The way he is able to portray such a character, anddoing it so well despite his young age, is remarkable. Hopefully thismovie, or another movie soon, will open the eyes of the world for him,because if someone deserves more positive attention it is him.
Quite a number of the reviews I read prior to seeing this suggest it’smore of a teen movie, I can certainly understand why they would besaying that, the relationship elements, the social engagement ‘online’elements, but, there are some elements of this that seem woefullybizarre to me…
Bitt, how old is she, about 28 right, at what point in her career willshe stop playing a teenager? I mean wow, lucky her she is nearly 30 andstill looks like she is 16, but, it also starts to seem just a littlebit creepy.
Speaking of creepy, the old Gary Oldman who freely admits he can’t doaccents, is even more creepy in this film when one of the plot pointsis revealed, I won’t say what it is precisely but it certainly adds tothe age related creepy factor in this movie.
Finally, Asa, I like him and see him having much potential, but likeBritt he looks like a teenager (he’s about to turn 20 according toIMDb), which in the context of his film does sort of work, but pairedup with Britt, it’s just creepy, and in relation to the aforementionedplot point, how old was Gary Oldman when that happened… it’s all veryDonald Trump age inappropriate creepy.
Anyways, all that aside, the film wasn’t too bad, the premise workedwell enough, the acting and special effects were generally pretty good.I didn’t find myself picking up my phone to distract myself which thesedays seems to be my measure of acceptable/good movie, turning the movieoff is the measure of a bad movie obviously.
Its entertaining enough, and in places you find yourself wanting aparticular outcome to happen, even if at times you also want to slapthe characters into sense.
Overall its not a bad movie, the creepy weird age stuff aside. I amjust hoping Asa gets more opportunities in the future to play differentroles, similarly it would be lovely to see Britt play a grown woman fora change, and Gary, please stop doing accents and interfering withwoman who are a quarter of your age you old perv *grin*
The first human born on the planet Mars, craves to belong to Earth. Heis in love with the feeling of feeling earth. His travel aims to tomeet his father and bond better with the only girl he knew in thevirtual world. Turns out we want to blend and belong to the grass (Inthis case, planet) on the other side. Space between us, a ROM-com thatfinds a space for science intermingling with sentiment.
Some of the reviews I have read must have come from those without abeating heart. I finally took the time to watch this film as thereviews were not great. I had an understanding it was a little sci-fiand a lot teenage love story going in. I found the screenplay to bebrilliant by such young actors. I also understand there should be somefantastic things in a movie that includes sci-fi so while some of whatthe teenage couple set out to do seems unrealistic, it fits for whatstory the director and writer were trying to give us. I wish moreadults could express the feelings this movie tries to tell us not tohide, and to enjoy every moment of life that is afforded to us. I foundthis movie not only heart warming but uplifting and inspiring. Thankyou for such a much need film of this type. It has been a while. Takethe fantastical with a grain of salt and pay attention to what it istrying to share, we may just all benefit from that thought processrather than the cynical one.
Pretty little coming-of-age movie with a slightly dumb story line.
But, hey, great music. As in – let’s be mean for a sec – if you haven’tgot much else, throw in some great music – and one fantastic place (ofcourse I mean the house by the sea!) – and there you go, you gotyourself a passable movie.
Localisation-wise, as I like to pay an eye to, it’s kinda blank too: itmakes no significant mood difference between either of the planets interms of music, colours, textures, etc. All pretty much the same.
Do not get confused by some comments. This is a very nice story. Wellplayed. Despite all the space theme is very down to earth and emotionalin the right sense. I remember about a week or two ago reading very badreview on this very site. After that probably most people will turnaway from this movie. Don’t. It was I think some poor, lonely womanwith loads of anger and just needed to sill it out. IMDb should readbefore posting reviews as they sometimes very misleading.
This film tells the story of a teenage boy who lives in a space colonyon Mars all his life, without ever having been to the Earth. He longsfor visiting the Earth to find his father, and sets out to experiencethe Earth for the very first time.
I expected ”The Space Between Us” to be more science fiction, but it’smore romance. The plot is sweet and romantic, as Gardner strikes anunlikely friendship across planets. The girlfriend is believable andconvincing as a young woman who faced trauma before. The scenery isbeautiful and the ending is unexpectedly touching. I enjoyed watchingit.
I was confused because I expected SF movie. Unfortunately it is justanother example of bad science in the movie. I takes 4 min for light totravel between Earth and Mars so you can’t chat or phone Earth becauseit needs 8 min to get response. The mars gravity is neglected in mostof the scenes and scientists like in most SF movies are psychotic andnot educated. Its just horrible drama and poor romance with bad acting.I feel pity for Gary Oldman.
The premise of the film made it sound right up my street so a film Iwas really looking to watching didn’t live up to my expectations,although I did enjoy it.
The ending spoilt it a tad for me though. Tulsa seemed a directionlessfoster kid with no family ties on Earth and who ‘hated everybody’ sowhy didn’t she force the issue and go with him. That would have made abetter film wouldn’t it? Or was it Tulsa being trained by Kendra rightat the end in readiness to travel to Mars in a sequel?
Apologies if these points have already been raised.
I tried to watch it till the end but just could not finish it. It’shard to pinpoint why this movie sucks so bad because there are so manyflaws. All I can say is that some people will waste time and money onthis piece of garbage. Do yourself a favor, avoid this film becausemost people will be hugely disappointed.
This flick is certainly not a master piece but it is far from boring oras cheesy as some said. It is a coming of age story with someinteresting premises. The FX are not grandiose and Gardner(AsaButterfly)’s life on Mars should have deserve more exposure just to geta bit more in his mind and because he grows up the colony on Mars, thiswould have make easier for us to emphasize with his feeling during histrip on Earth. Here we just see his birth and then we jump 16 yearslater with a new character, his mum figure, from whom we don’t knowanything while she playing an important role in the story. Same for hispen pal Tulsa, it should have been a interesting story to see her growup in parallel with her martian friend as she seem to had some hardshipin her life as well. The rest of the movie is cute, but the lake ofexposure for all the main characters stopped me to really feel forthem. The end is conventional but fine they just should have avoid towrite the obvious end twist has we got it almost from the beginning.
Romantic movies are now a cliché, the guy or girl who have to fight forthe girl or guy, the weird kid who loves the most beautiful girl, animpossible love, etc, etc, etc. But when you do that in the perfectromantic setting, that’s the money right there, this time it’s a longway from a martian kid to an earthling girl, now that is original. Theliterally impossible love made possible by human technology.
This is the story of a kid who was born in Mars who likes a girl fromearth, and he does the impossible making the trip to earth to find thatgirl he loves. Romantic ideas are really dying? Maybe, but that helpswriters to make this unlikely romantic setting. It is a veryentertaining Science fiction teen romance, the thing is, how areromantic writers gonna top this?
I have only one complain, Gary Oldman is the most experience andtalented actor in this film, and sometimes i felt he was overacting,why is that? why?. But non the less, it’s a good film. Good job PeterChelsom.
Sad remake of the movie ”The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”, without theexcuse of being a made-for- TV movie or the excuse of it being 1976. Iwas going to say it was a pathetic excuse for a John Hughes teenybopperripoff, but then I recalled Home Alone 3… If you’re over 13 years ofage, probably not the movie for you.
I wasn’t that sure about the movie going in. The concept seemed greatbut the reviews were bombing this movie. I’ve seen Asa and Garry inmany movies so I was curious to see how it would actually be.
The movie was a lot better than expected. I think the key to enjoyingit is to go in and not expect it to be a certain way. This isn’t meantto be a Sci fi, or a pure teen love story. It’s a conglomerate of abunch of genres and ideas under one plot. After watching it it’s fairto say the themes the movies give and it’s execution are more thanenough to justify this higher score.
The acting was pretty good. I think Asa still has room to improve butthere is zero doubt that he’s talented and is getting better each moviehe does. The chemistry in movie between Robertson and Butterfield wasbetter than I thought but needed work. It was clear they didn’t knoweach other that well and that had a lot of nervousness connecting, butthat did more good than bad in the end since the story was trying toconvey both of them as just meeting each other for real and unsureabout how either really was. It isn’t until later on that they connectmore which I think both actors executed well. I also believe mostreviewers can miss out on the complexity in the relationship. There wasa lot more to it than the average teen flick everyone has seen. Theactors and lines conveyed how both seemed lost in the world, whetherfrom unpopularity or not knowing how to be human. Through theirrelationship they both found a part of themselves they needed in life.Tulsa wore a facade that Gardner helped unmask, while Tulsa taughtGardner how to live. There was for sure a lot of cliché but it was abetter executed cliché with the devil in the details making it worthwhile. It almost didn’t seem like cliché since there was so much moreto each character and their connection. I would of liked to see morebackground/time for the characters to develop, but in general therelationship side of this movie was something I enjoyed.
The movie was well executed. Just the details are enough for this. Theway certain lines and concepts are brought back up, or little picturesand details to notice make this movie all the more enjoyable. The spacebetween us was well directed, and while it’s box office isn’t greatthere was still some incredible people making this movie possible.
The themes and emotions conveyed were the biggest for me. The moviepreached an appreciation for earth and for one another, and motivatesviewers to be more open with who they are. If you enjoy the ride as yougo then you’ll have a good feeling at the end of the movie, and it mayeven keep you thinking.
Overall, if you let it, the Space Between Us can be thrown off as acool concept that in reality is nothing more than a generic teen drama.But, if you give it a chance and try to embrace the movie for what itis/appreciate its complexity, you can come out really appreciating themovie like I did.
The concept of the film is pretty intriguing, but once you actuallywatch it, there are a lot of flaws that appear. The big one being: nofemale astronaut would have been able to go to space while pregnant. Itwas also quite dramatic, the way they made that scene. Anywho, you’lljust have to excuse all the questions that may arise when watching thisfilm in order to enjoy it. I have been a fan of Asa Butterfield sincewatching him in Ender’s Game, and then realized that he was in The Boyin the Striped Pajamas, as well as in Hugo. All films that I enjoyedgreatly. He’s making a lot of movies in different genres which show hisversatility. While I did not especially like this film, he did his partpretty well. A true ‘Martian’, the filmmakers knew how to play this totheir advantage, to create some comedic scenes. And Butterfield didwell at expressing the emotions of his character to portray hiscluelessness of being on Earth.
His chemistry with Robertson is awkward at first, and doesn’t get muchbetter. To be honest, they don’t really seem like a good fit together.She does look quite mature for him, and according to the dates on IMDb,she’s about 7 years older. She doesn’t look it, but he definitely looksquite young.
Also, I guess there isn’t much substance behind the story. They arefocused on that one mission to find his dad, and while obstacles come,everything is eventually fine and dandy. More backstory on the othercharacters would have been appreciated.
Nonetheless, the visuals are quite well done, and some of the aerialshots provide a nice touch. There are also some songs in the soundtrackthat I enjoyed listening to.
Overall, an intriguing concept that suffers due to an insubstantialstory.
The American ”Le petit prince” visited his red rose on earth The movieis about a kid who born in space and his mom passed away while givingbirth to him. Asa Butterfield didn’t get out of his typical acting andwe saw an innocent face, simple, smart, passionate (at-least in storyline), sensitive with cute smile; but honestly his face was totally outof passion, just like a mannequin. First thing surprised me was theFast communication speed between mars and earth in a movie whichobviously is not happening in future, at-least not a far future. Thelittle prince communicates with his red rose through Internet, havingvideo call and everything is super fast without any delay. even whenthe director is watching him in space ship through CCTV cameras, thecamera playing real time with no delay! It was not clear how could hetravel to earth even his existence was so classified and sure nobody inNASA headquarter didn’t want him here. some very shallow lines with thehomeless guy and some cute funny things to show he is not used toearth, like walking under rain or enjoying the automatic door of bus(am sure in that spaceship, an automatic door wont be a surprise),which i believe writer could do much better job. he wear the middle agemans clothes which surely was overweight but clothes was totally fit onhim. He found the girl and she suddenly decided to help him to run fromsome strangers without even questioning him ( writer wants us put thaton teenagers emotion), then she suddenly knew how to ride an oldairplane and how to land it perfectly! they blow a horse stable, stolestuff in shops, stole car,… and you never see police putting chargeon them, is like NASA is CIA and can silent all! there was tones ofthings happening without explanations like the writer was not patientenough to care about details and expect us to buy his teenage lovescenes and visual effects. they meet the lord of the ring and we seeanother bad acting from the high on illusion girl and the so calledspiritual guy. they find the mothers brother and we see a very badacting from him. the he walks into the sea to die where he had seen hismom to walk on in the video. they take him the American le petit guy tohis birds to take him bad to his planet and this time, it was the redrose going after him. the idea of movie was interesting, but actingswere terrible, missing tones of details and ya, a movie which has beenwritten and directed in rush!
I think this film is one of those that hasn’t always received goodviews because it’s difficult to work out exactly what genre it issupposed to be in. It’s got too much romance to really be sci-fi. It’sgot too much sci-fi to really be a romance. It’s sci – fi isn’tbelievable enough for sci fi fans, but it still probably puts off a lotof the kind of audience it’s aimed at. It’s too serious to be a RomCom,but it’s a bit too whimsical and downright silly at times to be takenreally seriously as well. It’s written and filmed like a grand, far –reaching epic tale, but it tells a really childlike and almost simplestory. I won’t give any spoilers, but to be honest, it IS quite apredictable movie, but even that is something that is dealt with in away that adds to the charm of the idea and makes it comfortable,familiar and easy to watch. It actually has a lot of aspects of veryold and well tried themes from classic tales that were told long beforeNASA or bases on mars were ever conceived of. There is a little bit ofPinocchio, a bit of romeo and Juliet, things like that. Asa Butterfieldplays a brilliant part and I can’t imagine many others who could haveplayed the part so well. Gary Oldman isn’t as good, but stillbelievable in his role and Britt Robertson is a bit challenged by somecheesy lines and character flaws, but still manages to play the partpretty well and is very likable throughout.
It probably could have been 20 minutes shorter and been better for it.There are some pretty unbelievable scenes and it is kind of a strangefilm in many ways, but it’s a lovely story. It’s a really easy film tospend a couple of hours watching. It’s effects are very well done andlook very convincing. In fact the whole movie is actually very nicelyfilmed, technically and it stands out as having good production valuesand standards. It’s a bit clunky here and there but it’s just plainnice and worth at least one watch for pretty much anyone. If it doesn’tcheer you up then you have a cold, cold heart!
do you even know why you’re sick? ’cause your heart its too big.
earth doesn’t want me.
the story is beautiful and new, romance and sci-fi together? neverimagine that. I think this movie have a better ending than passengersdoes.
Unless you wish to become accustomed to vomiting in your mouth,swallowing it, and repeating ad nauseum, avoid this movie or fetch asofa-side bucket. The ‘romance’ between the two main characters ischeesy and unconvincing and will make you sick to the teeth. He looksabout 12, she’s probably pushing 30. All kinds of stupid and wrong. Igive it a 2 just because its got ‘Mars’ in it.
The biggest mistake you could make with this Disney-esque piece offluff is to take it too seriously. Or even just a little seriously.
Basically, this is not THE MARTIAN, not even close, and you will bespared the indignity of watching someone use their own feces to growfood to survive.
But you will also end up with so many plot holes you will be tempted tosell the extras on Ebay.
The 3 stars carry the film.
Butterfield is one of those rare actors who could make reading thephone book seem interesting.
Gugino, as photogenic as ever, never seems less than sincere.
Robertson continues to seek entry in Guiness as the most age-flexibleactress on the planet. Once again, the mid-20’s Britt plays a highschool student. In my lifetime I fully expect to see her in a moviewhere she plays herself, her own mother, and her own grandmother.
The only casualty is Gary Oldman, a great actor who has played some ofthe best villains in Hollywood, and who seems totally lost here.
As I’m a big science fiction fan, I had a huge expectation going in tosee this film. The setup was perfect. First human to born in Mars,coming to visit Earth. I started to get all kinds of goosebumps. But,it wasn’t that good, as I’ve hoped for.
I did tolerate most of the ‘nonsense’ science stuff. But, the miserydidn’t end there. Other than that setup, it felt boring. Pacing wasn’tgood. The story, made me question too many things. It’s a adventure,young -adult movie. Teenagers might like it more. Asa Butterfield wasbrilliant in his character. Gary Oldman seems over the top. Expectingmore movies with this kind of setup, but with better story and betterfilm making.
I’m trying to rate this movie as it is and not what some people mightexpect. This is NOT a SciFi movie. This, I think, is the most importantthing to know before watching this movie. It is a light-hearted romancefor young teens, maybe around 14-15, with a little bit of spacebackstory. As such it is a very enjoyable movie. The cast has a goodchemistry although the age difference between Robertson and Butterfieldshows from time to time. If you are looking for accurate science orbreath-taking pictures of space then this is not the movie for you. Ifyou want a feel-good movie about a young love while relaxing on thecouch then you might give this one a try.
”My father’s somewhere on that thing, Earth.” Nathaniel Shepherd(Oldman) has finally seen his dream realized and the first crew hasbeen sent to inhabit and colonize Mars. When one of the women that wassent gives birth to a son on the planet heirs worried as to what willhappen to him. He has been trying everything he can to hide whathappened from the world, but when Gardner (Butterfield) decides hewants to visit Earth to find his father it becomes a race against time.Nathaniel must find him before its too late. This is first and foremosta very good movie. The movie was just a little too predictable for mebut did have enough twists and the ending wasn’t 100% what I expected.Even though the movie is science fiction there is still a large elementof reality and nothing that was discussed or shown seems that farfetched. That element of reality really added to the impact of themovie. This is a sci fi love story that I really enjoyed and dorecommend, even though it did tend to get a little cheesy in someparts. Overall, very much worth seeing and one of the best date moviesthat has come along in a while. I give this a B+.
This movie is a little bit childish and I believe it will be enjoyedmore by teenagers. However it is watchable and the special effects aregood. The acting is also good. But it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. It‘s not really a movie about Mars or how it could affect the first humanborn there but a love story between two teenagers.
This is a very original story and is very well presented in the movie.DO NOT listen to negative reviews! I saw the low ratings but watched itanyway because I was intrigued by the idea of the plot and I am glad Iwatched it!! You will see from the very start that it’s an enjoyablefilm. It is very easy to watch, very entertaining, and actually prettyunpredictable. I loved where it went and actually teared up a bit bythe end. Didn’t expect at all to be moved, considering all the negativereviews, right? But the movie should be taken as a young adult film,not some scientific heavy loaded epic that some critics were expecting.I loved the scenery, the colors, the CGI was amazing, the acting was ontop, the plot was original and interesting. Too bad it got bad reviewsbecause the sequel would have been great too. There is much left tocontinue the story. Great film! I absolutely recommend it!
A nice movie to watch. My heart bleeds when an intelligent &inquisitive boy return into his homeland. But can’t wait when his loveof his life will become an astronaut too. Despite the distance and theloneliness good thing is he is with his father now. ”What is yourfavorite thing on Earth?”
Hoping for a part 2 when Tulsa finally become an Astronaut. And made a2nd Person born in planet Mars….
Watch the first 5 minutes… Gary Oldman (superb actor)… horriblydialogue… (he played Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK FFS!)… Why doesn’tGary get better rolls? Does Gary get a say regarding the script? Ifso,…. what happened here? Did I just ask the last 3 questions becauseIMDb requires a minimum of 5 line to make a post.
Yes, yes I did. But Gary is still awesome.
That’s all about this movies that was great. The end was literally theworst part, that practically ruined then movie. It’s like the writersgot tired of writing the movie and the last assistant ended upfinishing the script. Thanks for ruining another great movie youbastards…
I liked the first 23 minutes. The sci-fi story had great potential: –smart female leading the astronauts – humanistic and scientific insightto pregnancy at low gravity – initial Mars colony
Then it became a YA (YoungAdult) love story with several life lessons.Not sure why it cost $30M to make.
Acting is uneven except for Gary Oldman who is too much actor for thesmallish role he has. Most of the plot is telegraphed and aspredictable as any given 5th grade arithmetic problem.
I just have one question – and perhaps someone can answer it: What thehell was in that barn?
I quite enjoyed this film. A fairly novel concept with decent effects,
a coherent and interesting plot and some good acting particularly fromAsa Butterfield and I thought also from Carla Gugino an actress Ihadn’t heard of before. I couldn’t escape the feeling however that Iwas being treated like an idiot to some extent by thedirector/producers and casting people of whom there seemed to be aconsiderable number. Asa is aged 20 but a little physically immatureand he played the part of a gawky 16 year old very well. His highschool girlfriend was played by Britt Robertson who we can be forgivenfor thinking must be in the same age group – ie 16/17. The actress isin fact aged 27. Now she is clearly an attractive young woman but 16she ain’t. In one of the final scenes we are treated to the revelationthat Asa’s father was Nathaniel Shepherd played by Gary Oldman.Themother we already knew was Sarah Elliot played by Janet Montgomery whois in fact 32 years of age but appeared younger in the film maybe avery pretty late twenties allowing for the fact that she held the rankof Lt-Col in the USAF. Gary Oldman, bless him, is currently 59 yearsold and has obviously,shall we say, enjoyed life to the full.The ideatherefore that a very attractive twenty something career officer washaving a relationship with and conceiving children by a man who couldbe mistaken for her grandfather I found a bit hard to swallow. Theother problem with the film in my opinion was the failure to explain orin any way allude to the technology being used to ferry people to andfrom Mars. The Nasa mars mission was recently put forward from 2030 to2050 due to ”technical problems” largely the fact that they have so farfailed to invent a form of space travel more sophisticated thanliquid-fuelled rockets and I would have been interested to learn fromthe makers of the film how they predicted this problem would beovercome. Nope,you just keep on firing rockets into the sky.I hope I’mnot being too picky but when a film starts not to make anysense,suspension of belief becomes difficult to maintain.
I enjoyed this movie very much which fitted like a glove. It’s sci-fiwith an excellent original story, well told and acted. It also hasdrama, romance and adventure in it. What more do you want for 2 hoursof solid entertainment? It may appeal more to teenagers but adults willlike it just as much. Don’t worry if you dislike sci-fi; the drama andadventure alone will satisfy your taste.
The story is not far fetched and very plausible, but we have to wait afew more years to experience this in the real world. The only obviousflaw which stood out like a sore thumb was a missing communicationstime-gap between Mars and Earth. But I presume this was done to keepthe story flowing.
Nowadays I find real good movies far in between, but this is a fine gemthat gets an easy 7 out of 10 in my books.
Avoid at all costs. What a waste of hours watching this. It waspainful, the film keeps you interested up to the point he gets onearth. By which point you’ve invested too much time into the film toturn it off.
Worst film I’ve watched all year.
Unfortunately, this movie screams mediocrity. From the voice acting, tothe CGI and the script, everything just felt… underwhelming. Which isunfortunate, since it had potential and could have been great. But itnever properly executed and developed its core underlying themes andideas. Another problem were the immense plot holes which just riddledthe film from start to end and were an incessant source of irritation.
It’s very hard to find something new in the movies today, but this filmfelt very fresh from everything else out there. The premise of thestory is very unique and different. The acting is very good. After ashocking twist, the end turns out a little bit predictable but I didn’treally mind… at all. I really enjoyed watching this film. Totallyrecommended.
In a word
it’s ”pathetic”. There is no plot, just a big hole. What thewriter actually wanted to prove, really I did not understand. This is ashame to be a sci-fi movie! No, actually this is a disgrace to be amovie of any category!!! Please don’t waste your time by seeing thismovie as I have wasted mine.
When I watched ”The Space Between Us”, it was solely because I had thechance, and I figured that a movie with Gary Oldman couldn’t beentirely bad.
Now, that I have seen it, I must say that I wasn’t particularlyimpressed. Why? Well, this movie just wasn’t outstanding orparticularly memorable in any manner.
Sure, it was a visually great movie, and the special effects and CGIteam had really managed to produce something quite beautiful, and itall looked very realistic. But these effects hardly could manage tolift up the mediocre storyline.
Yes, I thought the storyline was mediocre. It was entertaining enough,certainly, but it was frightfully predictable. Writers Allan Loeb,Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis and Allan Loeb just failed to comeup with a storyline that offered surprises or unpredictable plottwists. There was but a single twist to the story, but it was one thatyou pick up on from early on in the movie.
”The Space Between Us” is carried by some good acting performances. AndI must say that Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino carried the movie quitewell with their performances. Janet Montgomery and Asa Butterfield alsodid good jobs with their roles. It was a shame that BD Wong didn’t havea bigger role in this movie.
While it certainly was entertaining enough for what it turned out tobe, you shouldn’t expect a cinematic masterpiece here. My rating for”The Space Between Us” is a mediocre 5 out of 10 stars.
I share similar feelings with other adult reviewers of this movie. ITcould have been better but still, it was pretty good. I rated two othermovies on IMDb with ratings in the mid 7’s (The Good Guys and Sisters)which I found to be off the charts horrible and vulgar. I don’t care ifthere is swearing in a movie as long as it belongs there. Anyway, Spacebetween us IMDb rating is a low 6.5 but it kept me interested althoughnear the end I was calling for a few more edits. Like most movies todayit didn’t dare break out of the status-quo cliché’ too much. I dorecommend this film while feeling the story line could have had less ofa soap opera twist and more of an edgy ending.
The girlfriend Tulsa was adequate but looked a lot older than her BFGarner who could pass for 16 I guess.
Gary Oldman, who I usually like was OK in this but he shouted almostevery single line he had. Cinematography was above average.
The Space Between Us
On Mars, all you ever learn about in high school is how to invade andenslave Earth.
However, the Martian in this romantic movie prefers to visit his enemyinstead.
Born on the red planet 16 years ago, the orphaned Gardner (AsaButterfield) now has an urge to find the earthling that he believes ishis father. Undergoing extensive surgery to adapt to Earth’satmosphere, he hopes to find him.
But when his doctor (Gary Oldman) doesn’t clear him for the trek,Gardner escapes his custody and locates his online friend (BrittRobertson) who helps him navigate his new terrain and joins with him onhis quest.
A bizarre teenage love story with stranger science backing up itsimplausible narrative, this sappy by-the-numbers schlock-fest can countincompatible leads as its foremost setback.
Moreover, guys say they’re from Mars just so they don’t have to call agirl the next day.
Movie was nice. I give it an 8/10. It might not be so realistic, but atleast they made the story short. I first read the comments and foundout they hate the movie because it was unrealistic. Every situationswere quick enough to happen. What do you expect of a 2 hour movie? Ifyou guys want it more to be realistic, then might as well request tothe director to make a series of it.
Overall, it was fine. T’was sweet. I can imagine that this could happenin year 2200 when there are people outside the earth.
Britt and Asa, what a couple! I just realized that I have a crush onBritt. Love you Britt!
There was a moment in this movie when I could swear I was watching aSyFy Original movie. Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino were in a helicopter”chasing down” their target. They were talking about how they needed toget him back to Mars and shuffling around in the helicopter, it waspoorly lit, poorly shot and surprisingly poorly acted. Then the nextshot is a gorgeous panoramic shot that cuts to our heroes, who actwell! Its as though two separate film makers made this movie. Theysquandered the Mars set and rushed through his adolescence. This movieis a total mess. There are moments when you can see the initial vision,but then it is clouded by some extremely questionable pacing issues.Horrible.
This movie is the perfect example of what happens when a good storymeets mediocre direction. The premise held plenty of promise, but thedirector didn’t trust it. Instead of exploring the potential, he wentfor a conventional juvenile love/adventure story. How sad, this couldhave been a film that challenged minds while engaging hearts, butinstead it decided to just tell us a story that left little to theimagination. Not a complete waste of time, but the last twenty minutescertainly were.