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'Ad Astra' Review: Brad Pitt Goes Interplanetary in a Stunning Space Epic

Space.com | 9/20/2019 | Scott Snowden
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Warning: There are some mild spoilers for "Ad Astra" in the review below.

Ad - Astra - Science - Fiction - Film

It's safe to say that "Ad Astra" is probably not the science fiction film you think it is. Anyone expecting "Independence Day" or some such holiday blockbuster might be disappointed, but any fan of art expressed through cinema, won’t be.

The movie stars Brad Pitt as Major Roy McBride: super cool under pressure, pride of Space Command and son of legendary astronaut H. Clifford McBride, played by Tommy Lee Jones.

Clifford - McBride - Human - Jupiter - Saturn

Clifford McBride was the first human to reach both Jupiter and Saturn and a veteran of several deep space missions, which made him the perfect candidate to lead the Lima Project — a deep, deep space mission that would put a team in orbit around Neptune, beyond the influence of the Sun's radiation, to scan the universe for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Watch: See a Sneak Peek of 'Ad Astra' Moon Action!

Scenes - Space - Thriller - Ad - Astra

Scenes for the space thriller "Ad Astra" starring Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride.

Scenes for the space thriller "Ad Astra" starring Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride.

Scenes - Space - Thriller - Ad - Astra

Scenes for the space thriller "Ad Astra" starring Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride.

Scenes for the space thriller "Ad Astra" starring Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride.

Scenes - Space - Thriller - Ad - Astra

Scenes for the space thriller "Ad Astra" starring Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride.

"Ad Astra" stars Brad Pitt as astronaut Roy McBride.

Contact - Mission - Time - Team - Action

Unfortunately, all contact with the mission was lost some time ago and the team is considered at the very least to be missing in action. That is until some strange energy pulses, like weaker and semi-repetitive gamma-ray bursts, strike Earth, causing catastrophic destruction. Referred to as the "Surge," these bursts have been deemed to come from the neighborhood of Neptune. Thus Pitt is called upon to travel to Mars and send...
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