Ad Astra is a 2019 American science fiction adventure film directed by James Gray.
20th Century Fox on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 released the trailer:
Ad Astra | IMAX Trailer | 20th Century FOX.
In the near future, the Solar System is struck by mysterious power surges, threatening all human life. After nearly dying from an incident caused by a surge, Major Roy McBride, son of famed astronaut H. Clifford McBride, is informed by U.S. Space Command (SpaceCom) that the surges have been traced to the "Lima Project" - created 26 years earlier to search the limits of the Solar System for intelligent life, under Clifford's leadership - from which nothing has been heard for 16 years after reaching Neptune. Informed that Clifford may still be alive, Roy accepts a mission to travel to Mars to try to establish communication with him, joined by his father's old associate Colonel Pruitt. It is shown in several scenes that Roy is very emotionally detached. He has no emotional reaction to his partner leaving him, or to the news that his father may still be alive. After taking a commercial flight to the Moon, Roy and Pruitt are escorted by US military personnel to the SpaceCom base, located on the far side of the moon. En route in lunar rovers, they are ambushed by scavenging pirates who kill their entire escort. Upon arrival at the base, a dying Pruitt is placed into intensive care. Roy transfers to the ship Cepheus, bound for Mars. The ship receives a distress signal from a Norwegian biomedical research space station. The Cepheus stops to investigate despite Roy's protests, and Roy and the captain make their way to the station. It appears abandoned and the two split up, but Roy soon discovers an escaped baboon test subject feeding on the captain's corpse. It attacks him when it notices his presence, but he manages to kill it. Another baboon attempts to attack him, but he quickly subdues it and locks it in another module. He then kills it instantly as it attempts to open the door, by depressurizing that module. Believing that he can save the captain, he tapes over the broken helmet visor of the captain's spacesuit and carries him back to the ship, where he is declared to be already dead. A brief service is held where the captain's body is ejected into space. Again, Roy appears to be very emotionless and calm after the violent encounter and death of the captain. He does admit that he experiences rage, and recalls his father expressing his rage.
Principal photography began in mid-August 2017 in Santa Clarita, California, lasting 60 days.
The film Ad Astra was scheduled to be released on August 29, 2019 (Venice), on September 18, 2019 (United Kingdom), on September 19, 2019 (Germany) and on September 20, 2019 (United States, Turkey) by 20th Century Fox (Worldwide), Bona Film Group (China), 20th Century Fox Argentina, 20th Century Fox Brazil, Big Picture 2 Films, Blitz, CinemArt, Forum Hungary, Galaxy Distributors, Hispano Foxfilms S.A.E., Imperial / Cinepix, Odeon, Press Play Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S., Ukrainian Film Distribution, Walt Disney Studios Japan, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR).
The duration of the film is 124 minutes. With a budget of $80 - 100 million, the film grossed over $126.7 million.
The film had received a "PG-13" rating.
Ad Astra got high rating from critics.
Official website: foxmovies.com/movies/ad-astra
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