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Brad Pitt. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Sometime in the future, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is sent on a mission to Mars to try to establish contact with his father (Tommy Lee Jones), an astronaut who was lost 16 years ago. James Gray remains a down-to-earth filmmaker even when he goes to space. The father-son relationship in this story is the heart and soul of the movie; never as compelling as you’d wish (many found it downright dull), but still an intriguing inner journey. The film benefits immensely from its superior technical ingredients, Pitt’s measured performance and several thrilling sequences, not least the opening fall from space and that insane chase on the surface of the Moon. 

2019-U.S. 123 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Dede Gardner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan, Brad Pitt, Rodrigo Teixeira. Directed by James Gray. Screenplay: James Gray, Ethan Gross. Cinematography: Hoyte Van Hoytema. Cast: Brad Pitt (Roy McBride), Tommy Lee Jones (H. Clifford McBride), Ruth Negga (Helen Lantos), Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, John Ortiz… Natasha Lyonne.

Last word: “It was not a drag to make, but I think the zero-gravity stuff was a drag, and the digi-double stuff – which is not very much, by the way. Hanging Brad on wires on a 50-foot line. He was great about it, but it wasn’t easy. Plus, I get nervous when I see the actors up there. I don’t like looking at them in what looks like a pretty perilous position. You can tell it’s unpleasant. And you can’t do many takes before you destroy the actor’s ability to emote. And again, I want to be clear, there was no complaining from anybody, but it’s not about that. You don’t want to have Tommy Lee [Jones] in a rig, doing 25 takes. You can’t do it.” (Gray, Deadline)



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