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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Space Between Us: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) is born and raised by a group of scientists on the red planet. Her astronaut mother died during her labor, so he was kept as a secret and to avoid further complications for NASA. As he grows older, he became a lot more curious about Earth as he constantly chats with his only found friend on the planet - a pretty girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson). When he finally had the chance to go to Earth, he excitedly makes a goal to find his father with the help of Tulsa. However, his organs can't seem to withstand the Earth's atmosphere  that may put his life at risk. Will Gardner find his father on time before its too late?

The film has an intriguing premise with two promising lead stars to sell the story. However, what looks good in the trailer not necessarily means that they can also end up decent as a whole. It got into serious trouble at the beginning as it makes no room for explaining. Everything feels so rushed as it gets messy leaving a lot of questions unanswered. Another big problem in the film is on how they tried to close everything up. It suffers a lot with the construction of the story that can't hold a steady position.

The movie picks up the slack when Garner arrives at Earth.  It builds a romantic view that somehow holds up between the two leads. Gardner's curiosity also gave up a lot of fun scenes that Asa Butterfield beautifully delivers. He still makes it work as he tries his best to save the film from ending up into the dump.  Britt Robertson also shows her versatility, and she made me admire her even more.

Overall, The Space Between Us has a lot of potential hanging on its sleeves. However, they can't deliver it neatly even it ends in arguably satisfying fashion. It really has a lot of room to explore but sadly, they couldn't come up with a decent point of view in it.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman

Directed by:  Peter Chelsom
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Now Showing in cinemas 


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