Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, and Donald Sutherland
Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is an astronaut that has been tasked with traveling to Neptune to save the world from electrical surges that are being generated from that area. It is thought the surges are being initiated by a rouge astronaut that was part of the Lima Project 30 years earlier. The rouge astronaut is thought to be Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) who is the father of Roy McBride. Roy McBride travels 4.3 billion kilometers to see if his father is still alive and possibly save the world from destruction.
Roy McBride was 16 years old when his father left on the Lima Project. He has spent his whole life trying to live up to the hero status his father was awarded. Roy McBride is an accomplished major in the space program and is known to be calm and collected at all times. Internally he deals with the inability to connect with people and lives in isolation. The movie shows his travel through space and time while he is dealing with his internal feelings of abandonment, unhappiness, and desperation to connect with the father that left him behind.
I really liked the movie. Brad Pitt did a phenomenal job being masculine, strong, and yet a complete emotional mess. On the outside he is physically strong, incredibly intelligent, a commanding leader but underneath he is emotionally destroyed. You can feel his despair and isolation. You walk out of the movie questioning your own internal self. Are you strong physically and emotionally? Can you connect with other people? Are you good enough? Smart enough? Lovable enough? Don’t expect to walk out of the movie on an emotional high.
The entire cast was exceptional.
A large portion of the movie is listening to Roy McBride’s inner voice. That is hard to do for two plus hours and stay engaged and entertained. The emotions were palpable and it was easy to stay interested. You spend the majority of the movie wondering does he find his father? Is his alive? If so, what was their interaction like? Do they forgive each other? What does their future look like?
I feel as some crucial parts were left on the editing floor. (Open the spoiler below for details).
- What happened to Colonel Pruitt (Donald Sutherland)? What kind of emergency surgery did he need? Was he injured in the shoot out? Does he die? Why was he really on the mission? What was his ultimate goal?
- What is with the Moon pirates? There were a whole lot of them and they seemed really aggressive. They seemed to be more interested in the Rover with Roy McBride on it. Why? Is it really just for the equipment on the rover or was it a mission to stop him from going to Neptune? Maybe it was just to make the movie more interesting.
- More background on Helen Lantos (Ruth Negga). Maybe some flashbacks of her parents and her childhood. Did she know Clifford McBride? What was her childhood like on Neptune? Does she struggle with the same inner demons as Roy McBride?
Really amazing. You feel like you are actually in space. The colors are beautiful. You will need to let go that some of the stunts in space that Roy McBride accomplishes are incredibly unlikely if not impossible.
Should You Go See This Movie?
Absolutely. Go see it in a movie theater to really experience the special effects. Be prepared to walk out feeling a little isolated and lonely while wondering about your personal achievements and relationships. Are you damaged as well?