To The Stars?

I caught the movie ‘Ad Astra’ this weekend at the newly refurbished Leicester Square Odeon Luxe … upgraded sound systems and every seat an expensive LZ-Boy-style armchair with electronic footrests and reclining spine system.

In the movie, U.S. Space Command scientist and astronaut Clifford McBride (played by Tommy Lee Jones) heads off on a deep space voyage to run some SETI scans at the edge of the solar system, but his science ship is never heard from again.

Now his son – who looks a lot like Brad Pitt – must embark on the dangerous mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing pops and, more to the point, the strange exotic high energy pulses that are frying humanity’s electronics on Mars, Earth and the Moon.

I suspect this’un won’t be a commercial hit, if only because it is so slowwwwwww. More about absent parenting and the infinite void of space echoing the emotional void of purpose in our driven modern high-tech lives; despite some glorious SFX and the odd lunar buggy pirate shoot-outs, distress calls from Norweigan science labs, and various conspiracy sub-plots (wouldn’t you know it, The Man is up to shenanigans, again).

Worth seeing on the glorious big screen, but possibly better off as a ‘wait-N-see’ for streaming on Netflix or Prime or wherever this ends up.

Nice leg-room, though. Well done, Odeon.

To The Stars?
To The Stars?


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

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