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The Space Between Us
by Tony Medley
Runtime 120 minutes.
OK for children.
One expects plotholes
and impossible occurrences in science fiction films. But this one breaks
Itís actually a
pretty interesting plot. Gardner Elliott (Asa Butterfield) is born at a
space station on Mars. We meet him 16 years later as he is communicating
via computer with a young high school girl, Tulsa (Britt Robertson),
located on earth. In this communication, and in subsequent
communications between people on earth and the people in the space
station on Mars, they speak to each other and communicate with
absolutely no delay. In fact, depending on the relative positions of
Mars and Earth, the minimum delay would be four minutes and the maximum
delay would be 24 minutes. While this would be impossible to replicate
in a motion picture, they should have found some way that would be
believable for Asa to communicate with his girlfriend. As it is, for
them to speak to one another as if there sitting at the same table is
ludicrous. One would think that director Peter Chelsom could have found
a more credible way for them to communicate with one another that would
have still been cinematic.
In addition to
experiencing love, Gardner wants desperately to find his father. After
he arrives back on earth, the lack of credibility of each succeeding
scene builds up to enormous, insurmountable, proportions. He escapes from
his watchers with no money, no knowledge of where he is or how to
travel, and sets out to find Tulsa, who is in Colorado, a quest he
accomplishes with ridiculous ease.
Then his watchers,
Nathaniel (Gary Oldman) and Kendra Wyndham (Carla Gugino) try to find
him. Even though this is a task harder than finding a needle in
haystack, they are always just a step behind him, no matter where he
goes or how he gets there. One scene that is really laughable finds
Gardner and Tulsa hopping on a crop duster and flying away from them, as
they are chasing Gardner on foot. In the blink of an eye Nathaniel and
Kendra are in a helicopter chasing Gardner and Tulsa.
The silliness of
these scenes and others that follow is what really keeps this movie from
being as entertaining as it could have been.