I think most of us, at one point or another, have thought about what it would be like to live on a different planet. Could we survive? Would there be life beyond us there? It’s a pretty cool idea, but what if you didn’t have a choice and you ended up growing up on a different planet away from most of mankind? This happens in the new Science Fiction Drama, The Space Between Us.
Directed by Peter Chelsom and written by Allan Loeb, Richard Barton Lewis, and Steward Schill comes a beautiful story about love, acceptance, and adventure. The storyline is phenomenal, with a superb cast including Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Britt Robertson, BD Wong, and Carla Gugino. Plus the cinematography is absolutely breathtaking.
The Space Between Us begins with Nathaniel Shepard’s (Oldman) dream of living on a different planet. He makes his dream come true by sending six astronauts to live on Mars for the first time ever. Among them is Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery), one of the lead astronauts who discovers after launching into the galaxy that she is pregnant and will be delivering around the time they set foot on Mars. Everything goes well during delivery. The baby is healthy, but she sadly dies shortly after, leaving her son behind and to be kept a secret from the outside world.
16 years later, Gardner Elliot (Butterfield), is a young man now who has lived his whole life on Mars with a caretaker named Kendra (Gugino), and his best friend is a robot. He has one friend from Earth that he met through the internet, named Tulsa (Robertson). Eagerly wanting to meet up with her and find his father, he finally convinces the scientists to let him come to Earth despite the unknown. Upon arriving, he discovers so many wonderful things, but will his body be able to it?
The storyline is absolutely wonderful and beautiful. I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say I cried off and on throughout the entire film. It’s a story that I think people need to hear/watch right now. There’s a lot of bad going on in the world, but sometimes movies have a way of reminding you that there are still good things too. When you watch The Space Between Us, you will see the world through the eyes of Gardner as he touches, feels, and experiences everything for the first time. It’s a special kind of magic, one that’s real, one that we can all have if we let ourselves remember.
All of the characters were amazing, as were the talented actors who played them. Gary Oldman is always brilliant in everything he does and I thought he was perfect for this type of role. BD Wong always seems to play some type of scientist, but nonetheless, I always enjoy seeing him. I think Carla Gugino should be nominated for Best Supporting Actress because she played her character phenomenally.
However, it was the two main characters who blew me away. Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield are insanely talented young actors who have been kicking ass in the film industry for while. I think they had an amazing chemistry, a ying-yang type of situation, and it worked out perfectly. Britt always gives a dynamic performance, there’s just something genuine about her. I first saw Asa in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, however, his first big role was in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which I have yet to see because my heart just can’t handle it. I think he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with as his film career grows.
Last but not least, the cinematography, special effects, and overall atmosphere were absolutely breathtaking whether on Mars or Earth. I loved seeing what it would be like to live on a planet and how different it would be. I never thought about the lack of colors and resources. Meanwhile, on Earth, they had wide shots of the sky, ocean, and other beautiful landscapes several times throughout the film and it made me feel thankful that I live here.
Overall, The Space Between Us has made a little over $3 million dollars on its opening weekend. That’s not super impressive, but it doesn’t surprise me. I don’t think a lot of people will be raving about it or thinking it’s as fantastic as me, but I’m cool with being the odd duck out. I know that the story wasn’t perfect and has some pretty big flaws in it towards the end, however, that didn’t matter to me because I enjoyed it and it was packed full of emotion and made you think. It’s a fun story that makes you appreciate the things we have. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most, ya know?
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars