The Space Between Us
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Grade: C+ Rating: PG-13, 120 minutes In a Nutshell: This is kind of a modern version of the old Starman film about STAR-crossed lovers. Writer/Director Peter Chelsom has given us some truly mediocre films. Sadly, this is another one. Fun fact: He voices Centaur in the movie. For a movie about science, there wasn't a lot of chemistry on the screen. Uplifting theme: Our most valuable resource on Earth is courage. “Just because something sounds crazy, doesn’t mean it’s not true.” – Gardner “You don’t know how far away you are until there’s someone you want to be near.” – Gardner What is your favorite thing about Earth? We live on a truly magnificent planet and need to enjoy every minute we get to live on it. Humanity, friendship, loneliness Both Gardner and Tulsa want to feel close to someone and be a part of a family. In the great universe of space, there is small part of every human's soul to want to belong. Things I liked: Disney is in love with Britt Robertson. She’s definitely adorable and makes us believe she’s truly in love with whoever the lead actor is. Her romantic leads have been much older men in other movies, so I wonder how she felt being with the young Asa Butterfield. Asa Butterfield does a good job walking “heavy” in the beginning, as he tries to get used to gravity. Carla Gugino looks like she has been living at the gym lately and looks fantastic. Her character’s name is Kendra. If I had a daughter, I would have named her Kendra. There are some really beautiful images of outer space, Earth, and everything in between. You can SEE the sonic boom as the spaceship takes off through the atmosphere. That was cool. That clear laptop used by Sarah’s brother (played by Colin Egglesfield) looked awesome. There is a tiny twist that helped save the ending for me. It cracked me up when Gardner was in Las Vegas (where I live) and made the following accurate observation, “It’s like a big toy. It’s not real.” True. My oldest son didn’t grow up in Las Vegas and calls the city a “gold-encrusted turd.” I liked when Tulsa looked up at all of the hot air balloons in the sky and finally grinned, recognizing that this earth we live on is pretty special. Self-driving car! Yes! Aurora Borealis! That’s on my Bucket List! The stunt double for both Britt Robertson and Carla Gugino is named Trina! Woohoo! Great name! It’s appropriate that the name of the Mars project is Genesis. Did you notice the pretty frosted glass chairs in the hangar at the beginning of the movie? I chuckled out loud when I saw “Kick me” written on the back of Gardner’s robot. Things I didn’t like: It almost pulled tears out of my eyes, but my tear ducts felt too manipulated and refused to cooperate with the director's plan. Tulsa and Gardner go on a romantic crime spree, stealing cars and other things while they try to run from their "mean" pursuers. Quite a few parts of the story line are absolutely ridiculous. This movie had a LOT of very young-looking Extras, which made it look like a movie, rather than real life. It always bugs me when the movie trailer has lines or moments that never actually show up in the movie. That being said, the trailer pretty much sums up the movie, minus the small twist at the end. Interesting lines: “The world doesn’t give you exactly what you want.” – Tulsa “Just because people lied to you before doesn’t mean I’m lying to you.” – Gardner “We’re running out of time and Mother Nature does not negotiate.” – Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) Funny lines: “I’m on a road trip with an insane person.” – Tulsa “You’re taller than I thought you’d be.” – Tulsa “You’re meaner than I thought you’d be.” - Gardner Romantic lines: What’s your favorite thing about earth?” – Gardner “You are, Gardner.” – Tulsa “How did you become more beautiful in 20 seconds?” - Gardner “You make me human.” – Gardner Tips for parents: Pre-marital relations between teenagers. Teens steal cars and participate in other illegal and irresponsible behavior, all free of consequences. Discussion about foster care and Social Services. Pre-teens who often feel disenfranchised or misunderstood will enjoy this film.February 3rd, 2017 · Details
An intriguing premise is repeatedly undercut by clunky dialog and corny plot twists in “The Space Between Us,” the story of a teenager born on Mars and his first trip to Earth.Click here to read the full review
Both a fish-out-of-water tale and an adolescent romance, Gardner and Tulsa’s road trip provides the first-time visitor with a lot of humorous opportunities to marvel at the world’s ordinary wonders. It involves a fair amount of lying, stealing (cars and airplanes), destroying property and evading authorities as well – most of which are portrayed as consequence free. While on the run, the pair even squeezes in time to explore a sexual relationship (we see the presumably-naked couple cuddling and kissing in a shared sleeping bag). Although billed as a sci-fi, not much attention is paid to such details. The world of the future shown here is limited to some fancy (and impractical) laptops and one autonomous car. The science is pure fiction in its portrayals of real-time, inter-planetary communications. And there are a few basic facts about reproduction that these supposedly “intelligent” characters really ought to have known. However, if you are willing to overlook these and a few other obvious flaws, Gardner’s quest does offer strong messages about the importance of connection and family. Tulsa, a foster child, is also longing for these things. It seems no matter how exotic the place you are from may be, there is still a universal desire to close the space between where one is and where one belongs.Click here to read the full review
On the face of things, this flick may appear to be a typical sci-fi tale. But's it's really not that at all. This is a pretty straight-forward teen boy coming-of-age story. Only in this case the emotionally tortured and awkward guy and his impossible high school crush really are from different planets. There are some solid messages here about a young person's longing for love, family and identity. There are self-sacrificial actions in the slightly futuristic mix. And we even get a finger-wag or two at people who make self-centered choices without thinking about the future pain they could potentially be causing. Like many a tale of teenage exploration, though, the film also launches into some angsty elements that detract from the movie as a whole. Mars-boy Gardner and Earth-girl crush Tulsa leave a trail of stolen vehicles and smoking, damaged property in their wake when they're not snuggled up romantically in a sleeping bag or relishing the road trip scenery. And the film lightly applauds their lying, rule-breaking and destructive rebelliousness as long as it ultimately leads to truth and love. That sort of cinematic stuff can be navigable if seen through a metaphoric lens. But teens looking at it as a real-world road map, could find themselves adrift somewhere between here and Mars if they miss the movie's other positive themes.Click here to read the full review
s an intermittently stirring look at different types of parenthood as seen through the eyes of an orphaned boy born and raised on Mars. It's also a teen romance that travels across the solar system to Earth, where it settles into a more conventional, even bland, chase narrative. 2.5 out of 5.Click here to read the full review