Rating: PG-13, 116 minutes
In a Nutshell: While some movie critics have argued that this film is tedious and boring, I would contend that the film intentionally captures a little bit of what it must feel like to be stranded alone on a spaceship like that. That’s the point. We need each other. Life is meaningless, unless we have someone to share it with.
I enjoyed the movie and tried to imagine myself in the same situations, wondering what I would do when faced with the same decisions. It’s a movie less about discovering the great spaces in the universe, but more about humanity and what we find inside our heart.
“We all have dreams. We plan our futures like we’re captains of our fate, but we’re passengers. We go where fate takes us.” - Aurora
“You don’t have to do something amazing to be happy.” – Aurora’s best friend. (The actress’ real name is Aurora!)
You can’t get hung up on where you’d rather be that you don’t appreciate where you are.
“Take a break from what you can’t control.” – Arthur (Michael Sheen)
Humanity, companionship, sacrifice, love.
Things I liked:
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are two of the most popular actors in Hollywood right now and I liked them together. They’re both extremely talented and charismatic.
Incredible views of space. The CGI and real life are blended very well.
I wish I had that body scanner/repair machine! I’d also like one of those Roomba-type floor vacuum robots!
Jim eats dragon fruit for breakfast. It’s that super alien-looking pink fruit cut in a square that is white on the inside with black polka dots on the inside. Try some!
It’s really good in 3D and on the big screen.
I loved that swimming pool with a view! It was pretty crazy when the anti-gravity kicked in.
Directed by Morten Tyldum, the same guy who did The Imitation Game which I loved.
The spaceship design is pretty cool-looking.
Aurora is a writer, which always catches my attention (my 21st book was just hit store shelves this month!)
Aurora says, “Give me a view of the Chrysler building and I can write all day.” Jim provides that for her in a way which I thought was so sweet. It’s those simple acts of kindness and thoughtfulness for another person that is the essence of love.
Things I didn’t like:
What you see in the trailer is what you get.
Some movie critics have said the film looks like it’s on auto-pilot.
If they told this story in a different order, it could have been even more interesting.
The “thing” that happens in the third act is super brief. I wish it had been explored more.
SPOILER ALERT: I thought it was odd to cast Andy Garcia, because he didn’t even have a line in the movie; any Extra could have done as good a job in that spot.
This movie script sat for a long time before anyone picked it up, making you wonder what other directors could have done with it.
“No! You die, I die!” – Aurora (Sounds like a line from the The Hunger Games)
“I think we tell each other stories to know we’re not alone, to make contact.” - Aurora
“Can’t slogans be true?” – Jim
“You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. You kill me.” – Jim
“Jim and I live in accidental happiness.” – Aurora
“Jim, these are not robot questions.” – Arthur
“Jim, I’m not just a bartender. I’m a gentleman.” – Arthur
“You went shopping.” – Aurora
“I went shoplifting.” – Jim
“I was giving you space.” – Jim
“Space – the one thing that I don’t need more of.” – Aurora
“Ladies love the dress blues.” – Gus Mancuso (Laurence Fishburne)
Tips for parents:
There are a few moments of Aurora and Jim getting “romantic”, as well as a scene where you see hazy naked figures.
Talk of suicide.