Title: The Space Between Us Director: Peter Chelsom Year: 2017 Run time: 2hrs
“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 – 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. 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 of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.”
2:06 - “We’re running out of time, and Mother Nature doesn’t negotiate.” 4:21 - Curious why they’ve gone for East Texas. Should be New Texas or something. 11:29 - Quite a good way of brushing over all the “how they actually get to Mars” stuff by introducing a rogue pregnancy. 16:20 - It’s a bit hokey but oof, what an interesting situation to be in. 19:46 - “I’m your best friend, I’m your teacher, I’m your homie.” 22:56 - Also if no one knows he exists, he can’t really get into much trouble for doing stuff. 32:16 - We aren’t going to get to Mars by 2018! That’s only next year. 33:34 - “Raised by scientists… in a bubble.” 41:08 - I want to sleep in a self driving car! 46:12 - How is it the schoolgirl has an amazing futuristic transparent laptop thing, and the guy from SpaceX is using a 2016 MacBook? 51:00 - Space boy adjusting to gravity is very funny. 55:11 - Air Pods! 1:05:15 - Lucky they Wolverined up his bones or he’d have shattered jumping out that plane. 1:07:55 - His Jawbone appears to have developed a hologram. What a great idea! 1:30:24 - “Well, you wanted to see the world.” Las Vegas, home of… everything. 1:34:29 - Stealing a car from people at a hospital is cold in the extreme. 1:49:12 - So many questions. 1:50:05 - That’s up there with ‘is it raining.’ Come on people.
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. This is another one of those supremely disappointing films because it had the potential to be so good, but just missed on pretty much every level. The one thing it had going for it was the four leads, they all did a great job, had believable reactions to the situations they were in, and really propelled everything along. Asa was a real highlight, and I liked the chemistry between the two of them.
On the downside, it does suffer from a bit of schmaltziness, plenty of questionable decisions by everyone involved and a general feeling that there’s a better solution they’re missing on. It’s quite like Passengers in that regard. Is flying him up into space really the solution when we’re talking of a future in which pressure and zero gravity medicine must surely have developed some more?
Anyway, I can’t recommend that anyone watch this but I think I quite enjoyed the process of watching it despite it’s many, many flaws.