A mission that aims to create a human civilisation is underway with one of the astronauts giving birth to the first Martian shortly after arriving. Unfortunately, the mother dies leaving a child without family on a different planet. Gardner (Asa Butterfield) is kept a secret from Earth to avoid backlash from the public. At 16 years old, the decision to bring Gardner to Earth is made as he becomes close to a girl Tulsa (Britt Robertson) via video and text chat. After it becomes clear that Gardner may be sent back to Mars due to health reasons, he runs away to find Tulsa in hope to help find his father and where he belongs in the world.
Despite this, there is a charm to 'The Space Between Us' that stops it from being an unbearable film. There are doses of quality with some clever jokes, good performances and the basic story is an intriguing one. There is a good film within this concept, it's just that all of the pieces weren't necessarily right for this film. Asa Butterfield leads this film as he continues to build his name and credibility and he doesn't do himself any harm in this film. Butterfield does well reacting and playing off seeing Earth for the first time. The biggest problem is ultimately the script which jumps between moods too quickly, making the character seem foolish and very odd but not in a good way. Britt Robertson also is victim to the script as she plays very little part in the first hour of the film, only showing up a handful of times. Her character's background is very sceptical too as it brings up a trope of someone being unliked for seemingly no reason when in reality, they'd probably be the most popular person. Despite this, the character does progress well showing a troubled side throughout the film, showcasing trust issues despite wanting to get attached. Robertson's character Tulsa is a great example of the film's failings, there are moments that are well done but after that, there are a couple of bewildering moments.
Ultimately, there are things to enjoy about 'The Space Between Us'. There is an odd charm to it but there is no denying that the film has some terrible elements within it. This by no means is a good movie but it's most definitely not the worst. There is a good movie that could be made around this idea but unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be for 'The Space Between Us'.
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