In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonise Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet. 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 named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, Gardner is eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars. But after his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Gardner 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.
An unexpected and lovely movie. I went to see this movie the other night, and I will admit I went in knowing absolutely very little about it. As I was looking to see what movies were on, I was literally stuck between choosing this or the Lego Batman movie. I decided to go for this after reading just the synopsis. I’d seen the poster for it quite a while ago and forgotten about it, so I hadn’t even seen a trailer for it.
I wasn’t expecting this to be as good as it was, if I’m totally honest. I didn’t realise how realistic everything in it would be. In my head I was thinking, OK, its about space, so there’s going to be lots of fancy fictional technology, and other stuff that’s totally out of our grasp. But it wasn’t. While the start of the story took place a mere year in the future, followed by another 16 years into the future, the stuff that happened in this movie isn’t completely beyond possibility. The self driving car, wristbands that project images and other stuff onto our wrists and other tech that was shown in this movie was all stuff that is completely possible, if not already on the way, within the next 20 years.
As well as a strong story, the plot twist in it was unreal. Gardner (Asa Butterfield) wants to go to Earth, and NASA wants Gardner on Earth too, so after some operations and dozens of tests, he’s finally given permission and comes to Earth. There’s only one problem Gardner wants Earth, but Earth doesn’t want Gardner, and he struggles with the density of gravity along with other issues, as he goes on an adventure with his long-distance pen pal, Tulsa (Britt Robertson). I obviously don’t want to spoil anything for everyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet, but let’s just say their adventure doesn’t go exactly how they thought it would.
As far recommendations go, I believe its a must-watch if you’ve seen Passenger. I also thought it was good seeing some cameos in there from some YouTuber’s (Joey Graceffa and Swoozie), and the acting truly was superb, and Gary Oldman was excellent as usual, so if any of them appeal to you, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this movie.