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Ad Astra (2019)

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Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

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James Gray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Roy McBride
Tommy Lee Jones ... H. Clifford McBride
Ruth Negga ... Helen Lantos
Donald Sutherland ... Thomas Pruitt
Kimberly Elise ... Lorraine Deavers
Loren Dean ... Donald Stanford
Donnie Keshawarz ... Captain Lawrence Tanner
Sean Blakemore ... Willie Levant
Bobby Nish ... Franklin Yoshida
LisaGay Hamilton ... Adjutant General Vogel
John Finn ... Brigadier General Stroud
John Ortiz ... Lieutenant General Rivas
Freda Foh Shen ... Captain Lu
Kayla Adams ... Female Flight Attendant
Ravi Kapoor ... Arjun Dhariwal
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Storyline

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

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The Answers We Seek Are Just Outside Our Reach


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong languag | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

20 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ad Astra See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$87,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,001,398, 22 September 2019

Gross USA:

$47,035,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,335,432
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

A "Vegas Vic" neon cowboy sign can be seen on the edge of the moonbase. See more »

Goofs

The astronaut uses the rotation of the radar, which he sits on, to shoot him off into space with such accuracy that he arrives exactly at his space ship, clearly several miles away. Such accuracy is ridiculous for a slingshot from a rotating beam. In addition, a flat-plane radar would be pretty useless in space. See more »

Quotes

Roy McBride: Forgiveness is bullshit.
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Crazy Credits

There is no fanfare during the 20th Century Fox logo. See more »


Soundtracks

Why Baby Why
Written by George Jones and Darrell Edwards
Performed by Red Sovine, Webb Pierce
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under licensing from Universal Music Enterprises
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To The Stars (to see the beauty on earth)
19 September 2019 | by jake-smith-1See all my reviews

Nostalgia comes from the Ancient Greek word "Nostos" which describes the Hero's return from his/her odyssey. Longing for that ever-elusive, out of reach meaning of "home". It unifies us all. And it is a powerful theme, and it is wielded with such effect by Gray.

Let me first say that Ad Astra will be divisive, and certainly not for everybody. That being said, this film was unique and truly moving. It follows Pitt (in a performance of a lifetime) battling a serious attachment disorder, with the most gorgeous and awe-inspiring setting I have seen in a film to date. It turns the "travel the galaxy to save son/father/mother/sibling" trope on its head, and teaches us how to deal with and overcome the nihilistic viewpoint that our destiny and meaning has to be "out there".

I think the emotional journey of the protagonist effected me more than any other in recent memory, I truly felt for him.

If you like gorgeous, soul searching themes, and slow-burners keep your attention, then give this a go and you may love it.

However, if you were like some of the limited audience at my screening, and perhaps you are expecting a blockbuster space opera, maybe the next star wars, or interstellar, then you may leave disappointed. As one chap behind me put it "I was fighting to stay awake". I, on the other hand, could not take my eyes off Pitt and his heart wrenching voyage. I would rate this 9.3


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