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The Space Between Us Review (2017) | How to Waste a Good Story

A beautiful concept wasted! I remember urging a lot of people to watch The Space Between Us owing to the sheer fact that its trailer tried to sell a dope story. I mean just try to image a child who’s born on Mars. He doesn’t know a thing about Earth, never been to it, everything he has learned so far is via a screen on his desk.

Now when you try to bring such a person to a world that he doesn’t understand, wouldn’t you be more interested in knowing about his perceptions? What he thinks about our planet? What fascinates him? It was supposed to be an exciting journey akin to the movie Room where you get to be at the same frequency as the protagonist of the story. Unfortunately, The Space Between Us is garish and shallow. It’s like a chick flick that is supposed to give you mere cheap thrills. With that last line, I must say teens are going to love it nevertheless.

Direction of The Space Between Us

Peter Chelsom directs nice. But the only problem is that he has to learn the difference between what’s deemed childish and what’s profound. The first half of The Space Between Us is quite intriguing. It grows great for a buildup but then mid-way after begins to derail. The movie doesn’t even have a morsel of gravitas to it from that point onwards and you wonder if it’s yet another teen movie after all.

still of Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson in The Space Between Us

The point where he chose to go with the part where Gardner is trying to enjoy Tulsa as she blushes asking him to stop makes you want to shake your head so bad. It could have been put in subtly but Peter had to be loud about it.

“What is your favorite thing about Earth?”

Even as Gardner asks the aforementioned lines to strangers it feels like weirdly scooched in. He is suddenly saying that out of the blue without his character banking on something solid to chew upon. The movie chugs forward without focusing on how difficult it is for a Martian to adapt to our environment. Even Tulsa gets introduced in a snap. Don’t even think about going into the Science enclave!

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That Awkward Plot Twist (Spoilers Ahead)

Gary is an Old Man. Why him? That’s one of those climax scenes the movie hides or rather tries to hide in an attempt to drop the mic eventually. It, of course, makes you question poor casting choices of the movie, even though Gary is an amazing actor, he doesn’t quite fit the bill, owing to how old he looks.

Gary Oldman‘s character Nathaniel Shepherd has a relationship with Sarah Elliot played by Janet Montgomery. When you see the movie take form there is one voice in your head that says Okay so Gary must be Janet’s father. But the movie hushes you soon and you stop thinking in that direction. It is a deliberate attempt to misguide you, and you can sense that as well.

But when you find out for real that Gary the Old Man is actually Gardner’s father it becomes weird and awkward at the same time. He just doesn’t feel right! Period.

The Final Verdict

The Space Between Us does put in you smiles. You like how the movie progresses. There is always that premonition there where you kind of predict what is going to happen. You know that there is a happy ending lurking given the theme of the movie. But all that stretching of cheesy lines and love doesn’t for a second let you get serious with it.

You can watch it if you want to feel some good romantic vibes, also if you are an avid Britt Robertson or Asa Butterfield fan. Just know that there isn’t anything dire to look forward to.

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San Andreas Movie Review (2015) | Disaster of a Movie

San Andreas movie is one pathetic take on what would happen if the Earth suddenly decided to give up on us. Earthquakes and Tsunamis couldn’t save this disaster of a movie. So pathetic that it would make you question your life choices! Hell, it made me.

To begin with, we don’t have a good story, okay probably a clichéd one. Drama is literally absent in San Andreas movie, when you see confused faces, remote feelings that are further made shoddy by its poor screenplay. The latter department has just words, unfelt and bland.

Pool of Characters

Carla just goes on to embarrass us further by reacting awkwardly with dialogues like,

“You left my daughter alone?”

and creates a see-through anger glass that just becomes sad at one point. Dwayne Johnson, The Rock he is, didn’t have to try hard to play himself. Alexandra Daddario sizzles on screen but her inclusion seems deliberate by the casting director. Bringing Paul Giamatti into this was simply a waste of talent.

San Andreas movie wallpaper

Whilst the movie quaked, I thought probably a Tsunami would bring home a twist. But to my surprise, things just kept going downhill. There is no profundity in the movie. No gravity to frame creation. Pathetic actors that make everything just look crappier than it already was.

Trying really hard to look at the bright side, I would say visuals sometimes looked rad. But does it really matter when you make such a bad flick?

The Final Verdict of San Andreas Movie

To sum it all up, Brad Peyton just sucks as a director. He has so much to learn about human emotions, and how not to get carried away by a script that seemingly looks cool from the outside.

I think we can let this one slip provided the level of awesomeness Dwayne Johnson delivered in Furious 7 last month.

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