In this interplanetary adventure ‘The Space Between Us’, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.
While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe. In Theaters August 19, 2016
In case you have been living under a rock lately, Asa Butterfield is one of the big up and coming young actors in the film industry with many large titles under his belt already and a lot more planned out. From Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which comes out this September, to his previous blockbuster film Enders Game, and 2011’s Hugo, Asa has had a wide range of characters to play at just 19 years old.
The idea of sending people to Mars to live is not a new theme, in fact its been done many times, including the most recent film The Martian. What makes this film unique is the idea that a child was born in space, unexpectedly and ended up being raised on Mars, for 16 years and wants to know what earth is like. It seems a bit far-fetched that with all the medical exams astronauts go through that they would have missed one of them being pregnant.
The casting for the film which revolves around Asa Butterfield’s character Gardner and Tulsa played by Britt Robertson works, at least from the trailer. Add to that seasoned talent like Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino and you have a nicely rounded out cast. It may be a bit more of a romantic adventure story then anything thrilling but its a fitting plot for modern times when companies like SpaceX are getting closer to mission to Mars.