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- Adande 'Swoozie' Thorne, Asa Butterfield, BD Wong, Beth Bailey, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, Janet Montgomery, Lauren Myers, Morse Bicknell, Peter Chelsom, Ryan Jason Cook, Sarah Minnich, Scott Takeda, Trey Tucker, William Sterchi
- Peter Chelsom
- Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi
- February 3, 2017
The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.
I thought this was a nice, sweet little picture, very reminiscent of the 1984 movie "Starman" with Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. While not as powerful as Starman, I thought this movie did an excellent job of painting the innocent naïveté of a person visiting earth for the first time. Of course, this movie used teenagers as the primary characters, rather than 30-something adults (in "Starman"). I felt the teenager angle gave it an additional dose of sweet innocence that helped to make this movie a very pleasant Friday night home viewing experience.
The story was a bit far-fetched at times, but since I'm a huge Sci-Fi buff, it's usually not very difficult to suspend my disbelief, when asked to in this kind of film. The pacing was a little slow at times, but this is rather common for more "indie" films that are not ashamed to let the story and characters develop as needed.
The visuals were beautiful, as the characters journeyed across the United States. The performances were solid. I think it's worth mentioning the performances of both the teenage leads Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson and the adult leads Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino (who I've had a massive crush on since 2001 "The Center of the World"). I think Britt Robertson deserves special mention in her performance, While Asa Butterfield's performance as "Gardner Elliott" was very good and key to the telling of this story, it was Britt Robertson's performance as "Tulsa" that really gave this film the energy needed to make it an emotional journey worth watching. I know I've seen her in young roles in the past. I look forward to seeing her in progressively older roles in the future. She's got a great screen presence with plenty of visual energy that pulled me in to the story.
I really enjoyed this movie. It's not one of my favorites or anything like that, but it was a solid little film and I was not disappointed that I spent a couple hours on a Friday night to relax and enjoy. I would recommend this movie to anyone who's looking for a similar experience.
I give this movie 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.