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Cinema: Ad Astra

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Ad Astra is a science-fiction epic by director, James Gray. The story follows a stoic astronaut, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), who is sent to Neptune to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who has been missing for 30 years after working on a potentially detrimental space project – Project Lima – and to find out if the project endangers the whole solar system, and to stop it if necessary. Most critics have been raving about the film, with whispers of Oscar nominations. Between the exciting opening scene and the end of the film, Ad Astra is predominately a slow-burning film. Despite being the main character, Brad Pitt has few lines but delivers an excellent performance; proving further why he is such a sought-after actor. The other stand-out of the film are its visual effects. The same visual director who worked on Interstellar created the stunning space scenes. The fact this movie is a slow-burn turns some people off – if you’re expecting Avengers-paced action and rapid plot development, you’ve got the wrong movie. Supporting the film are other great actors: Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland and Ruth Negga. For those who like science-fiction based more closely on real science, and aren’t expecting fast-paced action, then this is the film for you.

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