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Ad Astra (2019)

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Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

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James Gray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Roy McBride
Tommy Lee Jones ... H. Clifford McBride
Ruth Negga ... Helen Lantos
Donald Sutherland ... Thomas Pruitt
Kimberly Elise ... Lorraine Deavers
Loren Dean ... Donald Stanford
Donnie Keshawarz ... Captain Lawrence Tanner
Sean Blakemore ... Willie Levant
Bobby Nish ... Franklin Yoshida
LisaGay Hamilton ... Adjutant General Vogel
John Finn ... Brigadier General Stroud
John Ortiz ... Lieutenant General Rivas
Freda Foh Shen ... Captain Lu
Kayla Adams ... Female Flight Attendant
Ravi Kapoor ... Arjun Dhariwal
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Storyline

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. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

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The Answers We Seek Are Just Outside Our Reach


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Rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong languag | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Norwegian

Release Date:

20 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ad Astra See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,001,398, 22 September 2019

Gross USA:

$50,188,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$132,807,427
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Roy reviews the Top Secret message given to him by Colonel Pruitt, the filename is shown as 6EQUJ5. Astronomy fans will immediately recognize this as the character string representing the so-called "Wow!" signal heard by a radio telescope listening in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius in 1977.

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During the descent to Mars the vertical speed shown in the conning display is 7235 m/s and increasing. Right after Roy says "2000 meters", giving the ship 0.28 seconds to land. See more »

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Roy McBride: Can I have a blanket and pillow?
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Heaven Can Wait
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2.7 billion miles of daddy issues
19 September 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Astronaut Roy McBride's pulse rate may never go above 80 bpm, but mine certainly did during the opening sequence which features a stunning and spectacular space fall. It's unlike anything we've seen before. Roy has trained his entire life for this work; however his true mental state is only revealed slowly throughout the film's run. After witnessing his actions and hearing (through narration) his thoughts, we are left to decide what we think of Roy ... stoic hero or simmering psychopath? Either way, he's haunted by a past that has rendered him mission-focused and the world's worst party guest. The film takes place in the not-too-distant future.

Brad Pitt stars as Roy McBride, in what may be his career best (and most inward-looking) performance. Roy is the son of NASA hero Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), the leader of The Lima Project - a decades old mission to Neptune tasked with searching for extraterrestrial life. The elder McBride has long been assumed dead with no signals or response signs in many years. A recent power surge that threatens humanity has been traced to Neptune, and now Roy is being used as bait to track down his rogue astronaut father and prevent him from causing further damage.

Roy's assignment requires him to journey from Earth to the Moon to Mars and, ultimately, on to Neptune. Along the way, he travels with Colonel Pruitt (Donald Sutherland), an old friend of Clifford's, who is sent along to make sure the son doesn't acquiesce to the father. Of course, it's a nice touch to have Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland together again in a space movie 20 years after SPACE COWBOYS, a more upbeat adventure. Here we see a populated moon - yet another place we humans have messed up - replete with turf wars. There is also a shootout in a space capsule, and an unscheduled stop that provides shocking visuals and causes a shift in the crew.

James Gray, who directed the vastly underrated THE LOST CITY OF Z (2016) delivers a space film with terrific visuals and a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross, that examines how a father can affect the life of his son even when he's not present. The film has an unusual pace to it. There are a few action sequences, but the core of the film is the psychological state of son versus absent father. Roy's inability to connect with loved ones is displayed through flashbacks involving Liv Tyler, and it's his own narration that provides us much more insight than his regularly scheduled psychological tests.

Ruth Negga (LOVING) has a nice turn as Helen Lantos, one of the key officials at the Mars space station, and her encounter with Roy provides him with yet more background on his father. It's easy to recall both APOCALYPSE NOW (only with Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Kurtz) and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY given the isolation, questionable mental state, and mission-gone-wrong. The cinematography Hoyte Van Hoytem (DUNKIRK) is outstanding, and never allows us to forget Roy is in space ... with danger present in every moment. The title translates "to the stars", and it's true in every sense.

Mr. Gray has delivered a thought-provoking big budget science fiction film. It has incredible special effects, but the personal story packs even more punch than the galactic adventure. Many will compare this to other space films like CONTACT, GRAVITY, and FIRST MAN, but this one requires more investment from the viewer, as it's the character study that resonates. This is Brad Pitt's movie (he's in most every scene), and the ties to his father are never more evident than when he (and we) see The Nicholas Brothers performing in black and white on that monitor. If a daily psychological profile was required for each of us, it would be interesting to see how much work would actually be accomplished. Now, imagine yourself stationed in space and just try to keep your heartrate below 80!


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