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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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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:

$87,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,001,398, 22 September 2019

Gross USA:

$50,005,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,992,864
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

It was scheduled for release on May 24, 2019, but the premiere showing at the Cannes film fest was canceled and there are rumors that the opening may be delayed due to the Fox-Disney merger. See more »

Goofs

When Roy's message is sent to Neptune, a 'top secret laser' is used to do it. At the speed of light the message would have taken >4 hours to reach Neptune. Roy's father's reply would have taken another >4 hours to reach them, summing a total of >9 hours. But Roy is still inside the recording studio when he asks if they have succeed. It is unlikely he was so much time waiting. See more »

Quotes

Roy McBride: Forgiveness is bullshit.
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Crazy Credits

There is no fanfare during the 20th Century Fox logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Septiembre 2019 (2019) See more »

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Heaven Can Wait
Written by Edgar De Lange (as Eddie De Lange) and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This is not the annual sci-fi blockbuster you were looking for. Thankfully.
17 September 2019 | by dirty_chordsSee all my reviews

Disclaimer: Ad Astra is a masterful psychological drama disguised as a gorgeous sci-fi epic. This is not the next popcorn space adventure flick some were desperately waiting for. In fact, it is way more than that.

Driven by some of the greatest acting Brad Pitt has ever produced, James Gray's most ambitious film to date is a total treat for the eyes. Here, cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema is reaching new heights of creativity in his artistic vision, which easily differentiates his present work from the likes of Interstellar (especially those scenes with Ruth Negga are spectacular). Special reference must be made to the beautifully generated special effects, which really make this movie a contender for the most realistic depiction of space (as Gray himself had in mind). Camera doesn't shy away from taking a closer look at its protagonist, using angles that elevate every aspect of his skillfuly understated performance. As the story moves deeper in space (and Roy plunges deeper into the hidden wounds of his psyche), Pitt's exceptionally well-executed facial expressions, eye movements and mannerisms reveal fragments of instability to an almost frightening extent, given how much of a calculated, calm and disciplined person the leading character seemed to be on the outside. You can virtually see Roy's deconstruction and recontruction throughout this epic journey into the abyss (of outer space and human soul).

Questions are raised, and answers are not always easy to digest. A life devoted to achieving a "greater" professional/scientific (but not necessarily noble) goal can lead to alienation and eventually abstaining from life itself. And it's not like it's always a rewarding journey. It often just leaves behind severely traumatized souls, as Gray's depressive, introspective space drama depicts in the most touching way.

If there are any negatives to be pointed out: Perhaps a little too many references to Apocalypse Now (at least I found them a bit distracting).

p.s.: Many haters will desperately try to discredit this film. The easiest path is to rant about the screenplay and overly focus on supposed "plot holes", taking the plot at face value despite the movie's metaphorical approach. Sadly, they are missing the main themes along with every point it tries to make. It's actually very absurd, since most of the scepticists are obviously fans of Interstellar, whose ending is a plot hole the size of a... black hole! Don't let these hateful attacks distort the experience of this thrilling journey into the soul.


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