One of the movies I’m looking forward to watching in 2017 is The Space Between Us, starring Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, and Carla Gugino.
It’s a science fiction film written by Allan Loeb and directed by Peter Chelsom that revolves around a young boy (Gardner) who was born and raised on Mars. He later develops an online friendship with a girl (Tulsa) on Earth, and when he gets the chance to finally visit the planet he so often admired from afar, he takes the opportunity to meet her. Along the way, he also goes on a quest to discover more about his biological father, since his mother died as a result of complications during childbirth. With his organs unable to withstand Earth’s atmosphere, his time is quickly running out. The longer he stays, the more he puts himself at risk.
When I first saw the trailer in theaters last year, I knew right away that I had to watch this movie. One, I’m a sucker for the romance plot, and two, I’m really intrigued by the idea of someone being born and raised on Mars. That’s something that could happen.
“The Space Between Us provides an exciting glimpse into a multi-planetary future that all of us in the space program are working toward. Seeing our hopes and dreams come alive on the big screen was inspirational!” said Garrett Reisman, a former NASA astronaut, when he was asked to reflect on the movie and its depictions of what life beyond Earth may look like one day.
Ed Lu, former NASA astronaut and Co-Founder of the B612 Foundation, also added, “The Space Between Us is an amazing story that makes the audience consider what it really means to be a human being living off of planet Earth.”
The tagline of the movie, “What’s your favorite thing about Earth?” is something that Gardner asks Tulsa, but it got me thinking about what’s my favorite thing about Earth. Sometimes, we go about our day-to-day activities without really thinking about the world around us and how we’re extraordinarily lucky to be living on such a lush and beautiful planet. I think my answer would be Earth’s nature. It’s so wonderfully diverse, colorful, resilient, and it’s always full of surprises—something Gardner will inevitably discover.
Make sure to go on this journey with him and Tulsa when the movie comes out in theaters on February 3, 2017.