Director Peter Chelsom’s The Space Between Us is some kind of wonderful.
Writer Allan Loeb’s script, from a story by him, Stewart Schill and Richard Barton Lewis is a delightful fantasy about a boy (Asa Butterfield) whose astronaut mother (Janet Montgomery) dies in childbirth, after landing on Mars as part of a team, initially scheduled to live on the planet for 4 years.
Because of P.R. implications, the head of the program (Gary Oldman) keeps the boy’s birth secret for 16 years. But, when the precocious teen finds a way to chat via Internet with a young woman (Britt Robertson) in Tulsa, he pleads to visit Earth and, once here, escapes to see her and try to find his father.
The film works, primarily, because of the excellent casting of Butterfield and Robertson, who make an endearing couple.
Chelsom and Editor David Moritz move the actions along, briskly, Production Designer Kirk M. Petruccelli has created wonderful Martian and spaceship sets and Cinematographer Barry Peterson has captured fabulous images as the young couple fleas authorities across the American southwest.
If you can accept that this is a fantasy, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this unique romance.
If you’re not delighted, that’s okay. I’ll just feel sad for you.
I give The Space Between Us a 4 out of 5.