strong script reservations, The Astronaut's Wife had me
squirming uncomfortably in my home theater throne. Director Rand
Ravich does a much better job than writer Rand Ravich in
delivering the goods. More horror film than science fiction or
thriller, Ravich borrows comfortably from any number of sources.
Think Rosemary's Baby with a slightly different suitor or think
The Devil's Advocate with a slightly different Charlize Theron,
there's no doubt that much of The Astronaut's Wife lacks
originality. It makes up for script deprivation with style in
spades. The peripatetic camera moves with ferocity at the right
times and set design adds to the supernatural
Theron is a
beautiful presence on screen projecting vulnerability without turning into a limp Jell-O mold. At least
the script gives her some opportunity to emote. Johnny Depp has
the impossible task of making astronaut Spencer Armacost
less than a robot. Depp usually has some alchemist tricks up his sleeve,
but the script provides him with very little to do, other than
raise an eyebrow to cast a shadow of doubt over his
character. Joe Morton is impossibly Farmisht as NASA
employee Sherman Reese, who is forced to leave the agency after
insisting that there's more to the death of one astronaut and
the strange behavior of another.
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