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Approaching the Unknown (2016)

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An American astronaut prepares for a mission to Mars.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... William D. Stanaforth
... Louis 'Skinny' Skinner (CapCom)
... Emily Maddox
... Greenstreet
... Worsely
Steven Brower ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Stephanie Gould ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Franziska Lamprecht ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Amanda Larson ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage (as Whitney Lee)
St. John McKay ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
James O'Connell ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Michael O'Connell ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Clare O'Connell ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Neel Patel ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage


Captain William Stanaforth is on a one-way solo mission to take the first steps in colonizing Mars. Like all pioneers throughout history, Stanaforth will face insurmountable odds and life and death decisions as he rockets bravely through space.

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 June 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Desconhecido  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Worsley and Greenstreet (the crew of the refuelling station) are both named after members of the crew of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917. They were the Captain and First Officer respectively - as they are in the film. See more »


In a voice-over in the trailer, Stanaforth says; "The Sun comes through the window once a week". As the living module rotates about the main axis in around 9 seconds and the modules along the axis don't seem to be rotating at all, where does the idea that the Sun only comes through the window once a week come from? See more »


William D. Stanaforth: Our bodies are more space than matter. There's an unfathomable distance between each atom, each particle. What keeps us solid? Why don't we dissolve?
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As exciting as watching grass grow...
3 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

I had great expectations for this movie after seen the trailer, that looked amazing. Well, what a disappointment this film was. Is not that the acting was bad, or the production values. Neither the visual effects, which are OK. It's just that NOTHING happens... at least nothing that can move the spectators to feel, or even THINK something. The whole thing is an exercise on futility, good concepts wasted and pretentious sequences of slow motion stuff trying to be philosophical or something, but just coming out... lame. If you want to see an exciting, deep, or even entertaining sci fi space film, look somewhere else.

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