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THE SPACE BETWEEN US Blu-ray Review

Imagine living on Mars for 16 years with no one around but adult scientists and a robot who’s your only friend. That existence would be extremely boring. Now imagine watching The Space Between Us and you will have a better understanding of what boring is.

The Space Between Us stars Gary Oldman (The Dark Night Rises, Harry Potter), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo), Carla Gugino (Night At The Museum, “Wayward Pines”), Britt Robertson (A Dog’s Purpose, Tomorrowland), BD Wong (Jurassic World, “Law & Order: SVU”) and Janet Montgomery (“This Is Us”, Black Swan).

The film follows xixteen-year-old Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) who is the first human born on Mars, living his whole life with a team of scientists on the red planet. He’s always longed to see Earth to find the father he’s never known and to meet a beautiful street smart girl named Tulsa (Robertson) he’s encountered friends with online. But when his chance finally comes, doctors discover his heart can’t withstand the Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner and Tulsa escape on a cross-country race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be and where he belongs in the universe. See the heartfelt and inspiring romantic adventure about how far one person can go for love.

The film is supposed to be a romance, but it does little to inspire. There is very little character development, which is very important for any film but is very important for a romance story. I hate to sound like I don’t have a heart, but I could not relate to the characters and thus was not pulled into the story. I guess it would be a little difficult to relate to someone that was born on Mars.

The visual effects on Mars were decent, but did not blow me away. The sound and picture quality of the disc on the other hand is great. The sound during the launch of the rocket at the beginning of the film really showed how well the sound was mixed on the film. The rest of the film is dialogue heavy and there is not a wide range of sounds to really show off your sound system.

I love Gary Oldman because he has such a wide range and truly becomes the characters he portrays. His talent is greatly underused in this film. This was likely just a paycheck to him, but even great actors have to make some money to allow them to take on passion projects.

Check out the trailer for the Blu-ray release below:

BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Love” Featurette – An inside look, with the cast and filmmakers, at the themes of the film, highlighting the one theme that connects us all – Love.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Peter Chelsom – Available only on Blu-RayTM and DVD.

The Space Between Us arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next week.

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