space-between-us

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, B. D. Wong, Janet Montgomery, Trey Tucker

OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆

Story: Sci-fi adventure directed by Peter Chelsom which follows two teens from different worlds. Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield), the first human born on Mars, is secretly raised in an experimental colony after his astronaut mother dies during childbirth. Sixteen years later, while searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with Tulsa (Britt Robertson) who lives in Colorado.

When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars, from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

Verdict: Although it has a very interesting premise, as expected from the trailers, this movie is presented in a very saccharine sweet clichéd and predictable style. The cast do a serviceable job in their performances, but no one really stands out, not even the usually great Gary Oldman. If you like the premise of teenage space romance with a lot of cheese thrown in then you might just enjoy this one.

 

Best Quotes    (Total Quotes: 39)


 

Gardner Elliot: [voice over] My name is Gardner Elliot, I was born on Mars, but I finally found a reason to go to earth.


 

Gardner Elliot: [voice over] You don’t realize how far away you are until there’s someone you want to be near.


 

Sarah Elliot: Courage is just fear that has said its prayers.


 

Nathaniel Shepherd: “I want to go to Mars,” I wrote those words when I was twelve years-old. Mars is a planet ready for life. In twenty hours six astronauts will travel to Mars not to visit but to live there!


 

[referring to the scan of a fetus on the screen]
Nathaniel Shepherd: Zero gravity. It’s unchartered territory.


 

[after Gardner is born]
Kendra: His heart will simply not have the strength in the earth’s gravity.


 

Kendra: He wouldn’t even survive the trip back to earth. So the child remains classified on Mars?
Nathaniel Shepherd: Yes.


 

Kendra: Gardner is a sixteen year-old boy. He’s met than less than fifteen people in his life. His physical development is at the perfect place to do it.
Nathaniel Shepherd: His heart can’t handle our gravity. It’s too risky!


 

[referring to Gardner]
Kendra: He knows about earth, and he knows it’s all happening without him.
Genesis Director Chen: Bring him home.


 

Gardner Elliot: What if no one knows I exist? I’m raised by scientists.


 

[typing on her computer in class]
Tulsa: Study lab is over, I gotta go. Talk tomorrow?
Gardner Elliot: I’m not going anywhere.


 

[chatting with Tulsa online]
Tulsa: Once foster care spits me out I’m gone. Nobody’s ever real, you know.
Gardner Elliot: My best friend isn’t even real.
Tulsa: Tell me about it.


 

[chatting with Tulsa online]
Tulsa: Tell me where you’re really from?
Gardner Elliot: Mars. I was born here.
Tulsa: Yeah, sometimes I feel like I’m from a different planet too.


 

[chatting with Tulsa online]
Tulsa: I’m out of here the second I turn eighteen.
Gardner Elliot: I just wish I could go with you.


 

Gardner Elliot: How am I supposed to act with the people?


 

Gardner Elliot: I want to go to earth.


 

Nathaniel Shepherd: I’ve got so many questions about Mars.
Gardner Elliot: Not as many as I have about earth. There are so many colors. Can I stay.


 

Kendra: [referring to Nathaniel] I need you to do more tests.


 

Gardner Elliot: Nothing’s changed. I want to be out there.


 

[referring to going to earth]
Gardner Elliot: It’s worth it.


 

[after Gardner runs away from Shepherd’s science facility]
Nathaniel Shepherd: We need teams in the airport, Amtrak station.


 

Nathaniel Shepherd: He can’t survive.


 

Nathaniel Shepherd: How do we know he’s going to see her?
Kendra: Because she’s the only person he knows on earth and he’s a romantic.


 

[as he walks passed a girl]
Gardner Elliot: Hey, hello.
Girl: Get away from me!
Gardner Elliot: Okay.


 

Tulsa: So, uh, Gardner, you’re from Mars.
Gardner Elliot: Yeah.


 

Gardner Elliot: Tulsa, my mother was an astronaut, she died on Mars giving birth to me. But this is my father.
[he shows Tulsa a photo of his dad]
Gardner Elliot: You’re going to help me find him.


 

Tulsa: Tell me where you’re really from?
Gardner Elliot: Mars!
Tulsa: People have been lying to me my entire life!
Gardner Elliot: Just because something sounds crazy it doesn’t mean it’s not true!


 

Gardner Elliot: Woh! What is that?
Tulsa: It’s just a horse.
[Gardner looks at confused]
Tulsa: I’m on a road trip with an insane person.


 

Gardner Elliot: Where are we going?
Tulsa: You wanted to see the world.


 

Gardner Elliot: What’s your favorite thing about earth?
Blind Homeless Man: Dreaming.


 

Nathaniel Shepherd: Gardner, come with me now!
Gardner Elliot: No. this is my life!


 

Tulsa: [to Gardner] Get in, we’re taking off!


 

Gardner Elliot: You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.
Tulsa: You worked that out just like that.
Gardner Elliot: Why wouldn’t I?


 

Nathaniel Shepherd: His heart can’t handle our gravity! He’s running out of time.


 

[seeing Gardner being tested by scientists]
Tulsa: He wasn’t lying.


 

Gardner Elliot: [to Tulsa] I was scared I wouldn’t know how to be human. You made me human, and no matter what happens, it was worth it. All of it.


 

Gardner Elliot: Tulsa, what’s your favorite thing about earth?
Tulsa: You are, Gardner.


 

Tulsa: People don’t go around saying what they feel whenever they feel it. They have guards and shields and other metaphors.
Gardner Elliot: Why?
Tulsa: Because we’re all messed up and scared and trying to be something that we’re not. And if we all went around just
declaring our innermost desires to the exact people we felt them for, well, then we’d all end up happy, or something.


 

[last lines]
Gardner Elliot: [voice over] I wanted to go to Earth. Not just to visit, but to live there. It turns out, people from Earth want exactly the same thing as people from Mars. And I should know, because I’m pretty sure I’m the only one. So far. I don’t know which is better, but here’s what I do know. It’s good to be home.


Total Quotes: 39

 

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