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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Dear lord, I can't stand Asa Butterfield. Not only is he a craptastic actor, but he has one of the most punchable faces in the history of cinema. Granted, he is reading from an Alan Loeb script, a writer whose lines would only work if read as ironic comedy. I don't think I've scoffed as hard and often this year as I did during the barrage of saccharine sentiments that emanate from both Butterfield and Gary Oldman. The movie is clearly designed to pack an emotional punch for idiot saps, but even the lowest common denominator will find the lovey dovey cheese cloying and trite. I didn't think Loeb could top Collateral Beauty in this respect, but he has been on a roll in his quest to the bottom of the dollar Blu-Ray bin ever since 21 back in 2008. The only reason why he's still getting his scripts produced are because he's garnered a collective 450 million dollars at the box office. Just keep drinking the kool aid, America. Anyway, in order to have a movie, a female astronaut somehow makes it to Mars before anyone realizes she is pregnant. She excretes Butterfield and dies, and the boy grows up on the red planet. The space program, fronted by an exquisitely hammy Oldman, lies to the media so no one knows the boy exists, but they don't seem to mind him talking to a world-weary, cynical, high school, foster kid girl via the internet. He makes his way to Earth and sneaks out of his quarantine to find his internet girlfriend so they can track down his father. She's an amazing singer songwriter who can fly a crop duster, he is a hopelessly romantic fish out of water with a debilitating condition, and glorious schmaltz and cheese ensue. Just like Collateral Beauty, everyone involved with this film should be embarrassed, and every copy of it should be destroyed.
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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