Approaching the Unknown

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Captain William Stanaforth is on a one-way solo mission to take the first steps in colonizing Mars. Like all pioneers throughout history, Stanaforth will face insurmountable odds and life and death decisions as he rockets bravely through space. Read more at

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Luke Wilson
as Louis "Skinny" Skinner
Mark Strong (II)
as Captain William D. Stanaforth
Sanaa Lathan
as Captain Emily Maddox

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It falls on the velvety-voiced Strong himself, much like his character, to salvage the mission and plow through the overly philosophical dialogue.

Jun 3, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It remains cool, competent, engaging within a narrow realm ... but its unknown realm never explodes into anything remarkable.

Jun 3, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If "Approaching the Unknown" isn't entirely satisfying, Mr. Strong reaches high with his portrayal of the unraveling of a man who believes survival is a matter of engineering.

Jun 2, 2016 | Full Review…

In its own compact, budget-conscious way, it's quite a stirring if low-key journey.

Jun 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Claustrophobic space films certainly don't have to be funny, but writer/director Mark Elijah Rosenberg fails to convey any real psychological chills either with this portrait of an obsessive adventurer banging away at his imperfect machine.

Jun 2, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Credit Rosenberg for tackling the big ideas. If he bit off a little more than he can chew, so be it.

Jun 2, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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