Ad Astra

Sep 23, 19 Ad Astra

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SYNOPSIS:

A paranoid thriller in space that follows Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) on 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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REVIEW:

Nerida

How much Brad Pitt acting do you really need to sell you on this movie? I’m gonna start with a compliment, before I dive into what I feel are my major flaws with this film. Brad, as expected, is excellent.

The visual aesthetic is incredible! This project simply looks beautiful; every few minutes there will be amazing wide-angle space shots, exquisite astral images and gorgeous planets. Even the directive choices are pretty clever – they add a few front-angle jump scenes,and first-person perspective shots, that gives you this really cool video-game vibe; Kinda like you’re playing a video game. I saw it in VMax at Event Cinemas, so I was spellbound the entire time.

The rest of this film is a real slog-fest. After a very enticing first act, this movie get sloooowww. By the 60 minute mark, you’ll feel the dip; 90 minutes in,and I was just waiting for it to end. That’s not entirely a bad thing – if slow films are your vibe, you won’t mind this. But for me, I just got a bit bored.

The plot also didn’t interest me. The key focus is a father-son relationship, which is fine, but not what I expected. The sub-plots in this story would’ve made for much stronger content. There’s a mission on the far side of the moon, where they’re ambushed by lunar space pirates (which lasts 2 minutes). There’s a rescue mission, stylised as horror, where experimental primates take over a space shuttle (this is about 10 minutes). There’s an entire mini-segment about humans living on mars that is literally 20 minutes. The rest of the story is just dedicated towards his father, which is a let down.

This eventually led to a very underwhelming, unsatisfying climax, which had me going: “Just end it. Say what you need to say, and finish it already. I don’t care anymore”. Honestly, towards the end, I didn’t even want to know what happens, because anything I found interesting was brushed off.

Its really not as horrible as I’m making it sound; its just underused and wasted potential. I, personally, would not recommend it if you’re expecting a bit of action and a draw to keep you entertained; but if you’re happy with the pretty pictures, Brad Pitt, and don’t mind a slower based film, I think you will enjoy it.

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