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Ad Astra

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6.52 h 3 min2019X-RayHDRUHD12
Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet.
Directors
James Gray
Starring
Brad PittTommy Lee JonesRuth Negga
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseDramaAdventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Producers
Brad PittDede GardnerJeremy KleinerJames GrayAnthony KatagasRodrigo TeixeiraArnon Milchan
Studio
New Regency
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Violencefoul language
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3.5 out of 5 stars

5422 global ratings

  1. 34% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 21% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 14% of reviews have 1 stars
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Malcolm James HarndenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Minus 3 stars
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Slow and ponderous spring to mind, followed by predictable and un inspired acting. It was like watching a boring ant wade through treacle.
54 people found this helpful
XanderReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Who knew space could be this boring ? I want my money back.
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I am simply staggered that this movie has achieved (at time of writing) an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It has all the ingredients you need for an epic 'psychological science fiction' movie - an odd story line, some great actors and a $80+ million budget - so what went wrong ?
It starts slow and immediately begins to slow down even further before stalling as it enters the 3rd act.
It's hard to know where the budget got spent - possibly on securing the services of Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones because it certainly wasn't spent on the sets.
I suppose we have become very used to seeing zero gravity sequences in films these days so these no longer come as a surprise and admittedly these are very credibly portrayed but frankly not necessary - they don't exactly add anything to the overall story.
A lot of the budget may have gone on the completely pointless car chase on the moon ! 'A car chase on the moon ?', I hear you cry. Yes - a car chase on the moon - utterly daft and it came so far out of left field that you spend most of your time trying to comprehend why there is a car chase on the moon happening in the first place than appreciating the special effects that went in to creating it.
Alarm bells always start to ring for me when you see "written and directed by..." in the credits of a Sci-Fi movie but you would expect James Gray to know better with his 3 previous written and directed outings underperforming at the box office - this is his 7th outing in the director's chair and he seems to have stayed true to form with poor returns.
The critics love him and he's garnered industry awards aplenty but at some stage Hollywood Executives are going to do the maths and stop greenlighting his projects - although not soon enough as "Armageddon Time" is already in pre-production with yet another all-star cast. I can hardly wait...
So, for me, a dull and boring film, warranting one star.
The plot asks nothing from its actors and they deliver even less - phoning it in for the most part. The supporting cast are given so little to do that there's hardly time to reflect on just how many trees were culled in the manufacture of their performances but that is not their fault - they're only there to keep the story moving and it’s hard to push a dud of this magnitude up the production hill.
The one saving grace (and to be fair the hook that drew me in) is the soundtrack from Max Richter (and additional music from Lorne Balfe).
When you benchmark this movie against other psychological Sci-Fi movies, like 2001, Solaris (original and remake) and Arrival, you see how a slow-moving story, minimal dialogue and understated acting can deliver masterpieces, but I don't think James Gray went to the class that covered this when he was attending the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. This is a shame because with the raw materials he had at his disposal he could have done something truly special instead of this masterpiece that never was...
33 people found this helpful
D. J. MORGANReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Contemplative, old fashioned space adventure.
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The plot is a familiar one man goes out to find his lost father, its the characters journey that makes or breaks it.
It's an odd journey, as I've said in the titled it feels old fashioned like a film from the 60s or 70's taking inspiration from 2001 A Space Odyssey, Solaris and Blade Runner in it's tone feel and design.
To quite a lot of people it might feel slow or long especially with the low attention span fare we have gotten used to, I really wanted it to be longer to hang on beats a little more or explore and flesh out ideas a bit better.
The film largely hangs on Brad Pitt to carry it, and he does so very well. Other characters flit in an out of his orbit passersby on his journey which is what I was saying about the film needing to be a bit longer, I would have liked some of these characters Ruth Negga's Helen Lantos, Donald Sutherland's Pruitt and Tommy Lee Jones's Clifford McBride the room to breath and develop a little more.
The film truly excells in its design, set design, visual effects and cinematography, creating a beautiful retro futuristic universe, with some truly visually stunning moments.
I went in looking at the low reviews with equally low expectations and found myself wondering if people had been watching the same film, I really loved it. Sure there are some silly moments and a few moments where reality isn't even bordered on. But the films direction, viual appeal, style, quirky suprises, tone and vibe had me hooked.
32 people found this helpful
G STAMPReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 January 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't waste your time or money!
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This has to be one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. The acting was again slow and sleep inducing, virtually no plot to the whole thing. You will be continually waiting for something to happen but it doesn't, it just plods along at a tortoise speed to an ending that is as dull. I usually enjoy Brad Pitt films but this was a total and utter waste of time and talent. Nothing of any merit happens in the entire film. If I could give it minus star I would!
39 people found this helpful
GaD22Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 February 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ad Astra
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For a film with such a stellar (no pun intended!)cast - Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland etc. Ad Astra suggested an entertaining space adventure was in store. In short, star astronaut Roy McBride (played by Pitt) is sent on a secret mission to Neptune to find his father Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones) a space legend and the original commander to boldly go where no man has gone before! McBride Jnr and many others presumed his father was dead when he and his ship failed to return from their mission. The possibility that his father may be alive is somewhat of a shock, however Space Command did not tell the truth about McBride and now believe he may be behind mysterious power surges causing damage throughout the universe.
While the space, planet and rocket scenes were good the storyline, and script overall, did not really flow and ultimately disappointed. Not one I would recommend. 1*
30 people found this helpful
SteveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Apocalypse Now meets 2001
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This is a slowwww movie. Visually spectacular, it tells the story of a troubled astronaut (Pitt) given the task of tracking down his celebrity-astronaut father (TLJ) who seems to have gone rogue on a space station orbiting Neptune. Pitt sets off on his epic journey, first stop the moon, then Mars, then onto the outer reaches of the solar system. There are some brilliant spurts of action en-route, including a deadly lunar buggy chase across the moon, & an encounter on a Norwegian space-lab. Pitt is unusually quiet in this role, obviously troubled & deeply effected by "abandonment" issues. Overall I thought this movie reminded me visually of 2001, with a very similar "feel" to it's vision of the future in space, so it really won't be for everyone. The mission was that of Apocalypse now set in space, with TLJ as the Col Kurtz figure.
Intelligent, thought-provoking Sci-Fi.
28 people found this helpful
B. LeymusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 May 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty to look at but no substance
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This review contains SPOILERS
Though you lay thank me for saving you the bother.
Brad Pitt plays an emotionally stunted astronaut, which really suits his style of acting to be fair. Sent to Mars to try to get his legendary astronaut dad to come home and stop destroying the Earth with something like EMP.
For some reason which never seems clear he's sent home but isnt, I know I was confused too, so he stows away on a ship that is being sent to blow daddy to pieces and manages to kill all the crew in the process. However, luckily for him he manages to fly the thing thats meant to be crewed by 4 all on his own.

I think it's trying to be 2001 a space odyssey and failing badly. There are some interesting action sequences, strung together with shots of Brad with his signature moody look and pretty shots of space. There's a moody voiceover from Brad which I dont think I managed to listen to.
It feels so long Donald Sutherland who is employed as his protection detail, has reached 80 by the half way point in the movie, and looks ready to pop his clogs. His dad is 100 yrs old, played by Tommy Lee Jones. I won't spoilt the end but somehow Brad makes it back to Earth despite, killing all the crew of his transport, losing his only means of returning to his ship, losing dad in orbit, luckily he manages to somehow swim back to his ship with the aid of a spinning radar, and travels all the way back to Earth from Neptune without stopping at Mars, with no fuel stops and only a two day growth of beard. I thought it was just dull to begin with but the last 20 mins bent the laws of physics so much it just couldnt retrieve itself. Luckily, and by some miracle he gets picked up in the middle of nowhere by the military after his epic journey.
That is all you need to know. If i could get my money back I would but that time is gone forever.
To think I thought StarShip Troopers 2 was bad!
22 people found this helpful
feydorReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Try not to nod off.
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I think I expected more from what promised to be an eventful and interesting space journey. Lengthy but dull with Brad Pitt seriously needing an injection of get a move on and try to stay awake juice. If by chance Tommy Lee Jones is really stranded on the outskirts of our solar system, based on his performance I would seriously consider leaving him out there. Could have been so much better than a new movie with an old theme.
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