'The Space Between Us' Fails To Take The Audience On A Roller Coaster Space Mission

By Kumar Rahul (KR) on Feb 12, 2017 06:45 PM EST

In the last few years, movies about space and the outer world have been appreciated by the younger lot. Films like "2001: A Space Odyssey and "Interstellar" have given the viewers an unforgettable cinematic experience. "The Space Between Us" is pretty close to that esteemed list but somehow misses the mark.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "The Space Between Us" represents the story of a boy named Gardner played by Asa Butterfield, a sixteen-year-old boy who has been secretly raised by 14 astronauts on Mars. Her mother, played by Janet Montgomery who was also an astronaut on the same mission to Mars, dies while giving birth to him. In "The Space Between Us", Gardner, having come in touch with only the astronauts who raised him since his birth, starts a long distance online relationship with a girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson) living in Colorado. "The Space Between Us" shows how the boy unaccustomed to earthly life, comes to the green planet and embarks on a journey with Tulsa to find his roots.

"The Space Between Us" doesn't match up to the spectacle of space travel and rushes through those scenes. "The Space Between Us" shows the franticness of a NASA scientist named Nathaniel Shepherd played by Gary Oldman who wants to realize the dream of setting up human life on the red planet. Other characters of "The Space Between Us" consist of Carla Gugino, who plays the acting parent of Gardner and BD Wong, playing colleague to the NASA scientist Nathaniel.

According to The New York Times, in "The Space Between Us", Gardner feels sorry about the fact that his existence is kept classified. "The Space Between Us" shows how the two youngsters, after Gardner comes to Earth, start a road trip to get carbon nanotubes to strengthen the bone density of the boy, apart from Gardner convincing Tulsa of the fact that he is not a "weirdo".

"The Space Between Us" is an emotionally straining story about Gardner's struggle to fit into the life on earth. The storyline prioritizes the romantic angle more than the Sci-Fi.  Peter Chelsom's direction focuses more on the emotions rather than the real struggle that Gardner faces in his journey.

"The Space Between Us" may not enthrall the Science Fiction movie lovers much. Pacing through the space travel scenes, out of place romance and the comparatively longer duration may not work in favor of "The Space Between Us".  

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