Ad Astra (Latin for “To the Stars“) is a 2019 American science fiction film produced, co-written, and directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland, it follows an astronaut who ventures into space in search of his lost father, whose obsession at all costs to find intelligent alien life threatens the solar system and all life on the earth. The project was announced in early 2016, with Gray saying he wanted to feature “the most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie”. Pitt signed on to star in April 2017 and the rest of the cast joined later that year. Filming began around Los Angeles that August, lasting through October.
Ad Astra premiered at the Venice Film Festival on August 29, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on September 20, 2019, by 20th Century Fox. It received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Pitt’s performance. At the 92nd Academy Awards, it was nominated for Best Sound Mixing. The film grossed $135 million worldwide against an $80–100 million budget. (wikipedia)
Ad Astra: A Reflection on why I like SciFi
I didn’t see this movie in the theater, but I did see it on HBO. I thought the film was really good and Brad Pitt gave a great performance in it. He played Astronaut Roy McBride who is convinced by his superiors to undertakes a mission through the unforgiving expanse of space to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe and the very essence of life as well.
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