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The Space Between Us

  • 2016
  • PG-13
  • 121min
  • 17%
  • 6.4 / 10

Gardner is the first human being born on Mars. He travels back to Earth in order to experience and discover the wonders of the planet. He has befriended Tulsa, a street smart girl, who takes him on adventures.

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The Space Between Us may not have enjoyed the success of being a box office hit, but it does more than two things right. The science involved in the film has been deeply researched and insightfully portrayed on screen. The story of a pregnant astronaut traveling from Earth through Mars and giving birth with foreign conditions came to Richard Lewis and he promptly called NASA to get expert opinions, to which they inquired if he had been secretly listening to their phone calls. Though there has been no recorded incident of a pregnant astronaut traveling space, experts at NASA have played with the idea. The result of Asa Butterfield’s physiology as a child born in Mars has caused him to have osteogenesis imperfecta – a condition that makes bones weak and grows an individual at a taller height than normal. The film took creative liberties in portraying spaceflight with their fictional spacecrafts, but they still kept it heavily grounded with currently available spaceflight technology. They featured NASA’s Space Launch System which is designed to allow humans to travel beyond Earth’s orbit. A prototype of the Dream Chaser – designed to carry up to seven astronauts and cargo to the space station – was procured by the filmmakers. And how could Gardner (Butterfield) communicate within seconds of receiving a message sent from Earth? It’s because of quantum entanglement. The utilization of this technology will enable immediate communication – faster than the speed of light.

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The Space Between Us is the 2017 sci-fi film by director Peter Chelsom, from the screenplay written by Allan Loeb, featuring Asa Butterfield as a young teenage boy who, born on Mars, discovers the wonders of Earth. Alongside Butterfield are award-winning actors Gary Oldman, Britt Robertson, and Carla Gugino.