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Ad Astra

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Brazil, United States · 2019
Rated PG-13 · 2h 4m
Director James Gray
Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland
Genre Science Fiction

Mysterious power surges are plaguing the solar system, even almost killing astronaut Roy McBride. The surges trace back to the "Lima Project," a voyage 26 years earlier led by Roy's father who no one has heard from since. Hearing his father may still be alive, Roy accepts a mission to Mars to try and contact his father and save the solar system.

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Ricardo Rico Profile picture for Ricardo Rico

Interesting sci-fi film. It does have an interesting balance of the action and spectacle you might expect from a large scale spade odyssey type film, alongside more contemplative and introspective themes of family, parenthood, and finding meaning in life.

What are critics saying?


Empire by

Existential but also intimate, Ad Astra is a stunning, sensitive exploration of the space left by an absent parent — and the infinite void of actual space.


Total Film by James Mottram

Sublime and stupendous. Beautiful, bold and remarkably executed, this is Gray’s masterpiece, driven by a career-best turn from Pitt.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

Gray proves beyond measure that he’s got the chops to make a movie like this. He also has a vision, of sorts — one that’s expressed, nearly inadvertently, in the metaphor of that space antenna. Watching Ad Astra, you may think you’ve signed on for a journey that’s out of this world, but it turns out that the film’s concerns are somberly tethered to Earth.


Time Out by Phil de Semlyen

It’s often thrilling, occasionally improbable, sometimes confounding, but like its director, Ad Astra is never bound by the gravitational pull of the ordinary. Strap in.


The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

Writer-director Gray's handsomely crafted planet-hopping drama is by turns vividly eventful and deliberate in its uneventfulness, and it feels caught, somewhat awkwardly, between stark simplicity and violent leaps into hyperdrive.


Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

Though principally a meditative experience, Ad Astra also makes room for some superb suspense sequences, resulting in a thought-provoking film with life-or-death stakes.


The Guardian by Xan Brooks

It’s an extraordinary picture, steely and unbending and assembled with an unmistakable air of wild-eyed zealotry. Ad Astra, be warned, is going all the way - and it double-dares us to buckle up for the trip.

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