The first trailer for the newest coming of age movie has an interesting twist, but doesn’t save the movie from looking clichéd. Take a look after the jump:
Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) is a kid who was raised on Mars. His mother was one of the scientist sent on a mission to live permanently on the red planet. When she was sent, she didn’t know she was pregnant or tell who the father was. She gave birth to Gardner, then promptly dies (because in coming of age movies, parents are usually dead or non-existent in their children’s lives). Gardner’s heart can’t handle the Earth’s gravity and wouldn’t have survived the trip back, so NASA keeps him a secret and the other scientists living in the habitat raise him. That is until he decides he has to come back to Earth. Gardner has studied Earth and even formed an online relationship with a girl, Tulsa (Britt Robertson) because even though he is supposed to be a secret, he still has unrestricted access to the internet.
It is a story about self-discovery that, even though there is an interesting twist to it, looks like it will follow every clichéd fad. I am kind of disappointed because when I heard that this was going to be an original Sci-Fi film, I was excited to see what it could be about. Little did I know it was going to be a knock off of a John Green novel featuring a kid from Mars. Maybe I’m just getting too old.
What did you think of the trailer for The Space Between Us? Does the fresh twist on an overdone genre make it feel new to you? Or are you disappointed like me? Hit me up in the comments section below.
The Space Between Us arrives in theaters August 19th and stars Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman, and BD Wong.