Release Date: September 20th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language)
Runtime: 2hr 4 min
Directed By: James Gray
Written By: James Gray, Ethan Gross
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland
Ad Astra is a visually stunning sci-fi adventure which takes place in the near future. Our space exploration program has advanced so far, that we have now been able to send a man to Neptune. Along with this, the technology we possess has the ability to destroy the solar system. This is basically the background for the movie.
Throughout the movie, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) talks about his feelings and what is a happening around him. He is a highly decorated space astronaut who has a special talent of keeping his heart beat below 80 beats per minute no matter the situation. Unfortunately, his talents were not enough to save his marriage.
The movie opens with Roy working on a space tower. A major power burst comes from space and causes the deaths of thousands of people. Roy miraculously escapes the catastrophe alive after falling off of the space tower. After he heals, top officials speak to him, and reveal to him classified information.
They believe Roy’s father, H. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) is behind the attack. Decades ago H. Clifford was on a mission with other astronauts to contact alien species. Him and his crew have not been heard from for years, and officials believe he is alive on Neptune.
This leads Roy on a mission to find and locate his father on Neptune. For the rest of the movie, Roy is basically used by the authorities, which leads him to rebelling against them. Eventually, through multiple struggles, Roy and his father reunite for the movie’s finale.
As a major sci-fi fan, I went into the movie theater expecting a lot from Ad Astra. Unfortunately, I was let down a bit. The visuals are amazing and Brad Pitt gives an excellent performance. Besides this, there is little action from start to finish. Scenes were drawn out longer than they had to be, and the ending is a bit flat.
I would not rate this movie anywhere near the top sci-fi movies I have seen. Even so, if you prefer a slow movie with strong performances, and striking cinematography, then you may enjoy Ad Astra. As for me, it is not a movie I would highly recommend to sci-fi fans. I was expecting much, but was given little.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars