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Ad Astra (2019)

Director:
James Gray
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Science Fiction
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Ad Astra
RUNNING TIME
124 minutes
Producer:
Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
James Gray
Anthony Katagas
Rodrigo Teixeira
Arnon Milchan
Screenwriter:
James Gray
Ethan Gross


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Roy McBride Brad Pitt
H. Clifford McBride Tommy Lee Jones
Helen Lantos Ruth Negga
Eve Liv Tyler
Colonel Thomas Pruitt Donald Sutherland
Lieutenant General Rivas John Ortiz
Chip Garnes Greg Bryk
Donald Stanford Loren Dean
Adjutant General Amelia Vogel LisaGay Hamilton

 

Review

Well-meaning, stylish and sometimes thought-provoking science-ficiton, with a definite emphasis on the fiction part of the label. In a near future, the earth is in a semi-state of chaos, and humanity is looking outward more than inward (again). Luckily, writer/director James Gray (Little Odessa, The Immigrant) isn't pre-occupied with the usual evil-is-lurking-around-every-corner narrative. This is an attempt at thoughtful filmmaking. It's just that most of the thoughts are coming directly from Brad Pitt's echoed voice-over, which is still ringing in my ears. With Tommy Lee Jones, who's inspirational as always in the few scenes we get to share with him, and Liv Tyler who plays Brad Pitt's girlfriend in what must be a good contender for most unthankful role ever.

Copyright 18.10.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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