- MPAA Rating:
- 122 mins
- Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland
- James Gray
- Dede Gardner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Yariv Milchan, Brad Pitt, Rodrigo Teixeira
Content at a Glance
gd-4, f-1, b-1, h-3, d-2
gory baboon attack, shooting with off-screen death, knife fight
astronauts take a pill to help with the long journey.
several inappropriate hand gestures
The Dove Take:After a string of power surges cause damage around the globe, Roy (Brad Pitt), one of the first astronauts affected and the son of the most famous astronaut in history, is asked to see the bigger picture. The surges are purposefully caused by a long-lost vessel on a mission near Neptune, the one his father disappeared on. Roy is tasked with contacting the vessel and stopping the power surges. The film looks directly at humanity’s mental state as supposed truths are shattered in solitude, raising questions like, “Who can I trust? Am I alone in the universe? This journey takes us across the solar system in a juxtaposing beautiful and chaotic view of what we could become, using Ad Astra’s plot lines to answer these questions. Visually, Ad Astra is strikingly beautiful. It’s a realistic look into the effects of solitude and how we may react to our beliefs (not religious faith) being proven wrong. Furthermore, the film explores the relationship between a parent and child. Ironically, Ad Astra mostly looks inward as the characters explore the outer reaches of the solar system. There are notable Christian elements throughout the film, including Roy’s father, Clifford (H. Clifford McBride), thanking God for his space explorations and praising “His presence” that’s felt so powerfully in outer space. However, there are confusing faith elements too, leaving the audience unsure if the astronauts are more awe-stricken by God or potential extraterrestrial life. In addition, the film includes heavy language and violence, most notably a bloody baboon attack, ranking this film Not Dove-approved.
The Synopsis:Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. The Review: Ad Astra is a conspicuous look at an explorer's mental state and his parent-child relationship that beautifully take you to the stars, but language, violence, and twisted faith elements tamper with the film's potential.
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