First Trailer for THE SPACE BETWEEN US

Upon hearing the synopsis for the new film from director Peter Chelsom (The Mighty, Serendipity) I couldn't help but to think of the 2007 John Cusack film Martian Child which I remembered really wanting to see, but being disappointed by the follow through on the engaging premise. After watching the trailer for The Space Between Us I have the feeling this could very well go the same way as Martian Child. The premise is certainly intriguing and the trailer promises an interesting dynamic that could either play out in a very conventional manner or manage to tap into very specific, but very real emotions through what is still a fantastical set-up. I'm really hoping for the latter, but given the script comes from Allan Loeb I'm cautious to expect too much. The outcome, as with every movie, really depends on a number of factors, but Loeb has written movies along the lines of Just Go With It and The Dilemma (though I did like The Switch) so I have to wonder how much emotional insight there will be on the page for the actors and filmmakers to pull from. Maybe this is a personal project of his and there will be extra effort poured into it. I certainly hope so as this first trailer makes the film out to be a really unique idea that has some really interesting dynamics to explore and even the potential to say something impactful if not necessarily profound about the human race. Then again, it also looks like it could fall apart in the third act. As always, time will tell, but for now I'll remain optimistic as this trailer made me grin. The Space Between Us stars Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, BD Wong, and opens on August 19th, 2016.

Synopsis: In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. 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.

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