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Ad Astra (2019)

Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by Malevolence, 5 Jun 2019.

  1. Malevolence

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    Never heard of this until it just popped up on my YouTube recommended stream.

     
  2. ianh

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    Brad Pitt falls from an exploding space station into Earth's upper atmosphere and isn't dead - I'M OUT! :mad:
     
  3. Scam

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    My colleague was super excited by this so I watched the trailer. I am disappoint :(
     
  4. Malevolence

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    Doesn't look like a space station to me. Looks more like they're working on building a space elevator, and the section they're working on appears to be still in Earth's atmosphere. Plus Pitt's character quite obviously has a parachute strapped to his back. Suit is orange, parachute is black.
     
  5. Marky

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    I’m definitely intrigued :p I love me a good Space mission film :D
     
  6. ianh

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    Watched it again and you're right, it's an elevator within the upper atmosphere and not a space station, so it's effectively it's just a survivable Baumgartner style jump rather than someone surviving re-entry which is what I first thought.
     
  7. ZXSpectrum

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    I remember playing a ZXSpectrum game called AD Astra... Is it based on that? :D
     
  8. wolfie138

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    must admit the point of the film was lost on me, seemed to go to some Fast & Furious thing on the Moon rather than "to the stars".
     
  9. ttaskmaster

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    NVM
     
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    Love Sci-Fi, I'll definitely be looking forward to this
     
  11. Bounce

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    Looking forward to this, I enjoy Sc-Fi set in space movies.

    interstellar,Gravity, The Martian etc...
     
  12. Efour

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    Yeah it just appeared out of the blue for me too.
    Will deffo. see it but apparently it has a terrible, plot hole or something that really wrecks the overall feel of the film.. ;/
     
  13. bobboberts

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    Off to see this tonight, I'm looking forward to it.
     
  14. Bounce

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    Great let us know what you think.
     
  15. varkanoid

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    Read a couple of 5* reviews sounds like its good.
     
  16. ElliorR

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    Seeing it in IMAX on Sunday, hopefully if it is average the IMAX spectacle will make up for it.
     
  17. Fubsy

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    I saw it last night.

    It drags in parts. Looks great and sounds great. There isn't much of a story going on, it's not very engaging.

    Is it worth your time and the ticket price? I'm not sure. If you like 2001, BR2049 (for visual side), Solaris then go for it. If you like The Martian, Gravity, Event Horizon then stay away. If you just like space sci-fi regardless then there are worse and better ones than this.

    That's all I'll put for now until people have seen it.
     
  18. Raymond Lin

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    It’s okay...slow, long scenes and lots of close up of Pitt’s face.

    A lot of the events in the journey even when I’m watching it felt tacked on, they are irrelevant in terms of story except to give it excitement and show us what a competent and calm pro Pitt’a character is, together with the constant psychological tests.

    Looks great on the big screen though, I do think it’s worth watching it for that as it won’t be the same at home.
     
  19. bobboberts

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    So it was...ok. It's not a great spectacle - by which I mean there aren't a great number of shots that you be happy to stare out for ages (though some nice Earth stuff), the plot is fairly meandering rather than frenetic and a lot of the film is watching Pitt pull sadface.gif

    And yet there is something about it; there's a brutalist architectural approach here - this isn't nice, shiny, glossy space, this is functional and gritty. There's some social commentary in there, both from Pitt's narration and the set design and there's an overall message that you can choose to take either way - but this isn't a great thinker of a film either. I think the film is missold completely by the trailer and people should know that this is not an action film in any way.

    But yeah, it was ok. If you get cheap cinema tickets and have a couple of hours to kill it isn't the worst thing in the world.
     
  20. Raymond Lin

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    I think it's biggest failing is that it doesn't break any new grounds, there isn't anything here that isn't in Interstellar, 2001, Gravity, Event Horizon or Solaris.