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Approaching the Unknown (2016)

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A U.S. astronaut prepares for a mission to Mars.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Strong ... William D. Stanaforth
Luke Wilson ... Louis 'Skinny' Skinner (CapCom)
Sanaa Lathan ... Emily Maddox
Anders Danielsen Lie ... Greenstreet
Charles Baker ... Worsely
Steven Brower Steven Brower ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Stephanie Gould Stephanie Gould ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Franziska Lamprecht Franziska Lamprecht ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Amanda Larson Amanda Larson ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Whit K. Lee ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage (as Whitney Lee)
St. John McKay St. John McKay ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
James O'Connell James O'Connell ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Michael O'Connell Michael O'Connell ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Clare O'Connell Clare O'Connell ... Featured in Civilian Astronaut Footage
Neel Patel 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) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Desconhecido See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson Valley, New York, USA

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The movie certification number is #88888. See more »


In a voice-over in the trailer, Stanaforth reports; "The ship is going 160,000 miles per hour, but I can't tell I'm moving." Yet he is shown in a module which is rotating to produce simulated gravity and looking out of a window at the Earth spinning round. Not only could he see this, but over a few hours at most he'd be able to see the Earth appearing smaller. 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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Not for everyone
23 September 2017 | by njaptSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a typical Hollywood Mars movie this isn't it. Film's story and its main focus is inside the mind of the main character and the struggle he is facing on his journey to Mars, as opposed to more straightforward action in a 3-piece act. It may also come across as pessimistic as it deals with questions of fate and what life can bring on a one way journey, as life really is, into the unknown; Mars, future, afterlife etc. It isn't satisfying in sense that it brings you a "proper" conclusion to the story, but rather makes you wonder, which can easily turn into dissatisfaction that you were cheated as you waited for the story to bring something forth, instead it leaves you wondering. I applaud the risk the story took to delve into the mind of an engineer and how it handled it. I also applaud Mark Strong for his captivating performance. I don't recommend this to everyone, but to those who don't mind to be left with an unfinished story, come to the conclusion on your own, or keep searching.

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