Ad Astra

Ad Astra

Original title: Ad Astra
Language: English
Translation: Bulgarian subtitles
Genre: Drama, Adventure, mystery
USA, 2019, 122'

Director: James Gray
Cast: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Nega, Tommy Lee Jones, Anne McDaniels, Donald Sutherland, John Ortiz
Even before it left the Venice public airborne, this most ambitious James Gray film (shooting increasingly unusual things like Little Odessa, The Immigrant or Lost City 3) was as tense as the next human flight into deep, black space.

After his first screenings, it's now certain that this is a new psychological sai-fai opera that will remind some of Kubrick, others of Nolan, but more importantly, it will elicit an existential echo inside everyone's own gloom. In a role so quiet and picky about manners that he doesn't seem to play at all, Brad Pitt is Roy McBride, an astronaut sent from here to Neptune to search for his long-lost Space Father (Tommy Lee Jones), but that's just the shiny and seemingly sentimental side of his secret mission. Under his suit, Roy, whose pulse of a lone samurai never exceeds 80, remains face-to-face with his demons and his heart begins to beat. "Finally, the son endures his father's sins," he says as his ship drifts away into the abyssal darkness of the universe, and it's not just a well-known cliche. With its supreme camera work, design and soundtrack, the film is like a symphony of human loneliness that goes through horrific outbursts of violence and reaches a crescendo where no one hears you when you yell at your father.


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