Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Space Between Us (2017)

IMDb plot summary: The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.
Directed by Peter Chelsom. Starring Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and Britt Robertson.

Oh, wow. Oh, this is so incompetent. It's kind of a cool concept, that of a kid born on Mars making the journey to Earth for the first time in his life, and there are moments throughout where we get glimpses of what this movie could have been. But it is all *so* badly mishandled. From terrible acting to an eye-rollingly melodramatic score to a script that I can only assume was written by an actual alien from Mars to some of the stupidest plot points I've seen in a long time ... it's just all a big ugly mess. I'm clearly not alone in thinking this, either. In the theater where I saw it, there were frequent moments that I suspect were meant to be intensely dramatic, but where the audience around me broke into laughter. You probably don't want your coming-of-age tragedy to make the audience giggle at the characters' misfortunes. It's so disappointing, because I'd have loved a story like this done well. Everything the creators could mess up, they did.

0.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Space Between Us < The Color Purple
The Space Between Us < Special
The Space Between Us < The Butter Battle Book
The Space Between Us < The World Is Not Enough
The Space Between Us > American Gangster
The Space Between Us < Man with a Movie Camera
The Space Between Us > Ladies in Lavendar
The Space Between Us < There's No Business Like Show Business
The Space Between Us > Deathstalker III: Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell
The Space Between Us > The ButterCream Gang II: The Secret of Treasure Mountain
The Space Between Us < Employee of the Month

Final spot: #2467 out of 2574.

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