Movie Review: THE SPACE BETWEEN US (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

THE SPACE BETWEEN US was directed by Peter Chelsom, written by Allan Loeb, from a story by Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis and Loeb and stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, BD Wong and Janet Montgomery

Sixteen-year-old Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is the first human born on Mars, living his whole life with a team of scientists on the red planet.  He’s always longed to see Earth to find the father he’s never known and to meet a beautiful street smart girl named Tulsa (Robertson) he’s encountered friends with online.  But when his chance finally comes, doctors discover his heart can’t withstand the Earth’s atmosphere.  Eager to find his father, Gardner and Tulsa escape on a cross-country race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be and where he belongs in the universe.  See the heartfelt and inspiring romantic adventure about how far one person can go for love.

This sci-fi romance follows 16 year old Gardner Elliot (aka is the first human born on Mars) who begins an online friendship with Tulsa who lives on Earth. I’ve heard of long distance penpals but this is the first interstellar friendship to come along. What happens is, Gardner finds a way to Earth and quickly looks up Tulsa who finds it hard  to believe that her new friend is actually from Mars. The determined young man is on a mission once he arrives and asks his one and only friend to help him out and of course she accepts. As their adventure moves forward, she begins to see that he might be telling the truth and she also finds out that his health is failing due to the atmospheric and gravitational differences between Mars and Earth. With his time is running out, Gardner has traveled thousands of miles to ultimately find out the mysteries about himself and all is finally revealed in the end.

Okay, I liked the story for The Space Between Us and the talented cast who all did a really good job with their characters. The bad thing about this movie is that there’s an agenda inserted and it spoils the entire watch. If you’re going to make a movie about a sci-fi romance, just stick to that one concept and don’t try to sneak in anything else because people will notice it. I did like the chemistry between the two young actors Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson as well as the supporting roles played by veterans Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino but it just wasn’t enough to salvage this watch. Anyway, there’s some neat high-tech gadgets and some cool looking visual effects used since this movie takes place in the not too distant future.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The two discs only feature the movie logo. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Space Between Us is a prime example that you can take a good story with a great cast and mix it with an unnecessary agenda and ruin the whole darn thing. When you alienate half of your viewers and they begin to spread the word, other potential viewers will simply lose interest and go watch something else and I believe that’s exactly what happened here. The movie bombed at the theater and now I see why. Simply put, The Space Between Us didn’t need this agenda thrown in and they should have just stuck with the sci-fi romance. This amazing planet of ours has been here for billions of years and it’ll still be here when we’re long gone. Don’t get me wrong because I’m fascinated with Mars and the possibility of the human race one day setting foot on the red planet. Anyway, this movie had a lot of potential but unfortunately it fell short and wasn’t really that good of a watch. The Space Between Us arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on May 16th. Rent it before you buy it.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 121 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Alternate Ending (03:01)
  • Deleted Scenes (13:44)
  • “Love” Featurette  – An inside look, with the cast and filmmakers, at the themes of the film,highlighting the one theme that connects us all – Love. (04:28)
  • Feature Commentary with Director Peter Chelsom – Available only on Blu-Ray and DVD.
  • Digital HD Copy


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