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The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

After an explosion in space and subsequent two-minute radio-out period, two astronauts return home to their wives. Slightly it's revealed that they're not the same as they were.



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A pair of shuttle astronauts leave their spacecraft to repair a satellite. There's an explosion. NASA loses contact for two minutes, but the both are rescued and safely returned to Earth. Eventually it becomes evident that neither of the astronauts is quite the same. Written by JHole

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Rated R for violence, language and a strong scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El engendro  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,027,003 (USA) (29 August 1999)


$10,672,566 (USA)

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Inside Every Man: The Hidden Monster!!
9 August 2015 | by (Kneeling In The Light) – See all my reviews

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Is this the same Charlize Theron from Monster, Prometheus and Reindeer Games? You know, superwoman, who shows men who's boss? The movie's premise: that an energy being, that is as alien to us as energy is to matter, could live inside of a human body, parasitically, makes TRON look realistic. The biggest flaw is the eternal boredom in a putatively scary movie. This is followed by a woman who continues in the relationship apparently needing either the Deity to tell her to get the hell out of there or see the water tentacle come out of him. The latter you will have to wait the entire length of this incredibly boring movie. Yes, I concur with the above great reviewers, this really is a cheap rip off of Polanski's Rosemary's Baby with just enough changes to escape a lawsuit. Spencer is so obviously not himself, from the moment she is reunited with him, the viewer will get progressively more and more irritated with her stupidity and impotence. Then his partner buys it, his wife tells Charlize the truth, before electrocuting herself, does she run then? Nope, she stays with him. More and more disturbing things happen and are done to Theron but she continues to, insanely, stay with him.

The movie has perhaps one scary scene, Nan's murder, Charlize's friend, but that is really not terribly intense, frankly. If you get this expecting Rosemary's Baby, forget it, this idiot couldn't polish Polanski's shoes: he sucks as a director. There is such lack of verisimilitude in Charlize's character. She suspects Spencer's boss; yet, she goes to Baldy's wife for the abortion pills? After Spencer discovers this, gee, where could he have found it out from? She still stays with him. This is the core of why people hate the movie and it dropped like an anvil. Her stupidity is matched only by her cowardice, at the end, pulling her feet up and dooming the entire world because she is such a stupid, clueless, dependent, cowardly fool. This is your heroine? How the actress who did Monster could portray such a weak woman who ends up, theoretically, destroying the world because she is afraid of going through with it and pulls her feet up?

My theory is that the feminist Theron liked the character because she is tortured and set upon by the evil male Spencer. He is so cruel, rapes her, kills her friend and then annihilates and possesses her body at the end. Well, sorry Charlize, audiences just will not identify with the world's most clueless, retarded, cowardly heroine. Look, I am open to other interpretations, try to find one where a feminist actress that plays strong female role models, like the new Mad Max, chose the most pathetic wife in the history of films. I am sorry the only logical explanation is to delineate the horrors visited upon this sweet, clueless idiot by this evil, cruel man. Whatever the ideology, this is the most boring horror movie you will ever endure. Frankly, nothing much happens until the end of the movie. Three quarters of the movie is Spencer acting creepy, with her growing suspicions that a Down's Syndrome patient would have known within fifteen minutes and caught the next plane to Montana.

Creepy music does not substitute for actual scares and a script. Frankly, she may have made some ideological points for her cause but she did real damage to her career taking this role. The premise itself is not clever: the idea that an energy being could live both in the vacuum of space and possess a human body, I found utterly absurd. It really is just an idiot's remake of Rosemary's Baby; he changes it just enough to get away with it. Can you tell he is not Roman Polanski?

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