Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the edge of the Solar System to find his father and save the Earth. The film stars Brad Pitt in one of his best roles in recent years.
Strange electromagnetic bursts threaten life on the Earth and its planetary neighbours. The perfect astronaut Roy McBride, who is always in control of his emotions, needs to travel to the outer reaches of the Solar System to find its source. The mission is complicated by the unclear connection of the looming catastrophe to Roy’s father Clifford McBride, who disappeared many years ago during a dangerous mission.
James Gray’s picture has been compared to Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey, but his space has no intelligence other than the human one—or to be more precise other than that of a single man: all characters apart from McBride in Ad Astra are purely functional and could just as well be mere voices he hears over the radio. A sci-fi story about one man saving the world turns into a drama about loneliness, which grows to extreme proportions in the cold and empty space.
Director: James Gray
USA, China, Brazil, 2019. 122 min. 16+