The Space Between Us (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Space Between Us strands its star-crossed young lovers in a mind-numbingly vast expanse of shameless cheese that will send all but the most forgiving viewers eye-rolling for the exits.
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Won't come close to troubling your heartstrings, let alone the space between your ears.
By the time you get to the money shot of two lovers kissing in zero gravity, you'll either be deep in this movie's pocket or have fallen into a diabetic coma.
Every once in a while a movie proves to be truly inexplicable. Not because of the plot, or why the characters do what they do, but because of an ineffable idiocy that can't be explained by conventional lapses of judgment, ambition or competence.
The Space Between Us attempts to take young love to literally new heights before crash-landing into an earthbound hash of schmaltzy clichés and romantic absurdities.
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The Space Between Us is an interesting character drama about finding your place in the world. When an astronaut on her way to Mars discovers that she's pregnant she's forced to give birth on Mars, and as the child grows up he longs to see Earth and eventual NASA devises a plan to bring him home; but once on Earth he escapes from NASA's medical facility to meet up with a friend that he met online and seeks her help to find his father. The film does a surprisingly good job at grounding the story and at addressing the realities of the situation (ex. the medical challenges of changing environments). And the cast is pretty solid, featuring Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, and Gary Oldman. Still, the plot is a little unfocused and at times doesn't seem to know where it's going and whether it's a romance or a thriller. Also, there are several contrivances that seem forced in order to get the story from point A to point B and tie things together. Yet overall, The Space Between Us is a fun and entertaining film.
Not cheese, but a kind of waxy, yellow build-up that could be referred to as cheese. Nonsensical, and not ashamed of it. Two of my favorite actors are in this and so I will say no more in the off chance that perhaps I might meet them one day.
The only thing that stands out in this film is NASA having more money and resources than Matt Damon had in The Martian and the primary plot device being emotional manipulation. The solution to Gardner's medical problems is absurd and even the big twist at the end you feel absolutely nothing for because you don't believe it for a second. The Space Between Us is a romantic science fiction film that is nearly as insulting as a sci-fi as it is insulting as a romance.
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