"The Space Between Us" is a story about a teenage boy who was born on Mars, and forms a friendship online with a girl from Earth. Sounds familiar? It's like a literal take on John Gray's 1992 title "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus."
The release date of the movie was supposed to be in December 2016. However, it was moved this month to avoid being lost in the sci-fi wake of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Some critics say that movie was dragging for the first few minutes, but it turned out good in the end.
According to Variety, Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) was conceived on Earth but born on Mars. His mother died shortly after giving birth to him. His organs are used to the gravity of Mars, he is physically unfit to return to Earth. He meets Tulsa (Britt Robertson) - a teenage girl from Colorado - through video chat, and they attempt to see more of the Earth before everything is too late for Gardner.
Gardner just wants to make the journey "home" and experience the Earth like everybody else, so he set off to find Tulsa and his biological father. Butterfield is solid in doing his character as a teenager in a stranger-in-a-strange-world, and Robertson is charmingly feisty, Entertainment Weekly said.
The PG-13 film is obviously geared towards younger audiences, and if you are someone who likes Mars, astronauts and cool spaceships, then "The Space Between Us" is for you. It has an interesting plot and realistic representation of space exploration that sci-fi fans can relate to.
But "The Space Between Us" got a lot of eye rolls. The movie is contented to just be a dopey teen romance. The saving grace is the young actors' sincerity and sweetness, and the plot fails to hit a groove, except on the final quarter when the soundtrack hits right emotional notes.
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