The Space Between Us
Title: The Space Between Us
Release year: 2017
Countries: China, United States
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director: Peter Chelsom
Stars: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino
Rating: 3/5

The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street-smart girl to discover how he came to be.

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Earthbound Wonders and Cosmic Secrets: A Review of "The Space Between Us"

2024-01-25

“The Space Between Us” takes us on a heartwarming and sometimes suspenseful journey with Gardner Elliot, the first human born and raised on Mars. Stepping onto Earth for the first time, his wide-eyed wonder at the sights, sounds, and sensations of our planet is infectious. Asa Butterfield delivers a beautifully nuanced performance as Gardner, capturing his childlike curiosity, yearning for connection, and grapple with the extraordinary circumstances of his existence.

The film cleverly blends coming-of-age tropes with sci-fi elements. Gardner’s quest to discover his origins leads him to Tulsa (Britt Robertson), a resourceful and street-smart girl who becomes his unlikely partner in adventure. Their dynamic is a highlight, with their contrasting backgrounds leading to humorous clashes and tender moments of understanding.

Director Peter Chelsom balances the lighthearted aspects with weightier themes of identity, belonging, and the ethical implications of space exploration. Gary Oldman shines as Nathaniel Shepherd, the enigmatic CEO of the company responsible for Mars colonization, whose motivations remain shrouded in mystery until the climax.

While the plot occasionally dips into predictability, the emotional core of the film remains strong. The exploration of Gardner’s emotional and physical struggles as he adapts to Earth’s gravity and social norms adds depth and pathos to his character. The supporting cast, including Janet Montgomery as Gardner’s astronaut mother and Carla Gugino as a sympathetic scientist, further enriches the narrative.

“The Space Between Us” is not without its flaws. The CGI Martian landscapes, while serviceable, lack the awe-inspiring grandeur one might expect. Additionally, some plot points feel underdeveloped, leaving minor characters and motivations unexplored.

However, these shortcomings are overshadowed by the film’s emotional resonance and its charming depiction of first encounters with the wonders and complexities of our world. “The Space Between Us” is a delightful blend of sci-fi adventure and coming-of-age story, offering a heartwarming exploration of identity, family, and the boundless possibilities that lie beyond the stars.

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