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 Posted:   Sep 20, 2022 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I finally saw this on Sunday and must say I enjoyed it quite a bit. Gorgeously looking movie, and I very much liked that it was a mix of b-movie and high-concept science-fiction, with lunar pirates, killer apes, and philosophic ponderance.

Great performance by Tommy Lee Jones, though one should point out that (SPOILER ALERT): even if the data retrieved from the Lima Project base suggest that humans are the only intelligent life in the galaxy... there are billions and billions of galaxies... so it would not mean there is no other intelligent life in the Universe. The Universe is big, really big... even way to big for the Lima project to have mapped. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big the Universe is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space. ;-)

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2022 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

I enjoyed this film, but with a caveat. The caveat being it is ultimately quite depressing, and kind of in the same 'warding' category as Apocalypse Now.

The failure to find any evidence of other life in the universe - albeit restricted to vantage points within our solar system - was depressing, but a lesson for coming to terms with that finite/time-limited reality (we'll find life, eventually). The decrepit commercialization of everything Man touches was similarly sad... yet as of now quite likely.

As for the "monkey" incident and similar, they did not strike me as "B movie". They could have been in other context, but Ad Astra managed to stay reasonably serious.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2022 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Astonishing bad movie, it has all the window dressing of a prestige film, but the script is just dead, and that droning voice-over through the whole film, it is just terrible. A great sleep aid though.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2022 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

I think this movie holds up. Of couse, since much of the theme involves involuntary technological imposition on the individual, it will clash with the tastes of the many technology/media addicts who don't like the little hint of contempt it throws at them.

In that case, YouTube, Netflix and Disney+ will be glad to accept your credits and/or sensitive personal information at any time...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

Astonishing bad movie, it has all the window dressing of a prestige film, but the script is just dead, and that droning voice-over through the whole film, it is just terrible. A great sleep aid though.

I was falling asleep during this movie and I NEVER fall asleep during movie theater movies (and I love space movies!), but to each their own.

P.S. I think the moon pirates scene was (one of many) real logic busters for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Astonishing bad movie, it has all the window dressing of a prestige film, but the script is just dead, and that droning voice-over through the whole film, it is just terrible. A great sleep aid though.

I was falling asleep during this movie and I NEVER fall asleep during movies (and I love space movies!), but to each their own.

P.S. I think the moon pirates scene was (one of many) real logic busters for me.


exactly, that and the murderous baboon scene, and the voiceover, plainly stick out as studio add-ons where they watched this stinker when the the director was done with it and they realized what a disaster they had on their hands.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)



P.S. I think the moon pirates scene was (one of many) real logic busters for me.


Not quite sure where there was a logic buster? That scene wasn't even really set up or explained, other than there was a war and obviously different fractions on the moon.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I finally saw this on Sunday and must say I enjoyed it quite a bit. Gorgeously looking movie, and I very much liked that it was a mix of b-movie and high-concept science-fiction, with lunar pirates, killer apes, and philosophic ponderance.

Great performance by Tommy Lee Jones, though one should point out that (SPOILER ALERT): even if the data retrieved from the Lima Project base suggest that humans are the only intelligent life in the galaxy... there are billions and billions of galaxies... so it would not mean there is no other intelligent life in the Universe. The Universe is big, really big... even way to big for the Lima project to have mapped. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big the Universe is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space. ;-)


Good to see another fan of the movie, Nicolai! My 4th favourite movie that year, and it's held up the 4 times I've seen it since.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2022 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Oh Thor

 
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