The near future. A few years ago, mankind launched the program for the search for extraterrestrial life, the ÂProject Lima, led by Captain Clifford McBride. The last signal of the expedition was recorded in the Neptune area, and since then nothing was known about its fate. Captain McBride himself became the hero and most famous astronaut who inspired many to study space.
16 years after the disappearance of the ÂLima Project, strange outbursts of energy begin to occur on Earth, disabling electrical systems and wreaking havoc and destruction. According to the American Space Agency, the signal comes from Neptune, and now the son of the famous astronaut, Major Roy McBride, is entrusted with a responsible mission. He must get to the Martian base and from there try to contact the supposedly living father.
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The cosmic forces major, astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) receives an extremely important and top-secret mission – to go to distant Cosmos in order to detect the source of emissions of energy clots that threaten the Earth. Another point of his mission is the search for his own father – Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), who for 16 years has been considered dead in space somewhere in the Saturn area. Roy will have the hardest long way from Earth through the Moon to Mars and further under the rings of Saturn in order to unravel the secret of energy emissions and find his father, or to remain completely out of reach of people and become one more missing …
Tommy Lee Jones. IÂll write about him about the first, because I consider him one of the greatest actors of our time. With sad but wise eyes. I sincerely admire his talent as an actor and director and enjoy watching any film where he is involved. How did he get old … Time does not spare and with every film on his face (such an impression is created) more and more wrinkles appear. And with them, wisdom is added. ItÂs great that Gray added a reference to another project on the space theme in his film – ÂSpace Cowboys, where Tommy Lee starred. This reference is a photograph of Jones in his youth. A kind of tribute and another touch of honor for the cult actor.
A fantastic film from James Gray with Brad Pitt in the title role ÂTo the Stars attracts attention with its beauty. He shows the viewer a Cosmos of amazing beauty, but at the same time chilling his soul with his serenity and indifference. Stars do not care what happens on Earth. For them there is no concept of time and space. They coldly look at the attempts of miserable little people to change something in life and to open something in the hitherto unexplored emptiness of the Solar system. In my opinion, Gray managed to show the Cosmos diverse.
He beckons the heroes with his uncertainty, lures with a sparkle of stars, as if winking and making it clear that somewhere else you can find a different mind, you can make an incredible hitherto discovery. He also carries a threat and brings death, because he does not forgive mistakes and neglect even to the smallest details. Finally, it has become a new milestone in the commercialization of everything that comes to manÂs arm. There is no other way to explain the crowds of tourists on the Moon, the appearance of the usual Subway and DHL items there, as well as bright neon signs that look like an absurd and completely inappropriate spot on the surface of the Moon.
The film turned out to be philosophical in many ways, because a sufficient amount of time the viewer sees a pensive Pitt and hears his thoughts. Having received such a valuable artifact as time, while still on Earth, he has the opportunity to head off into his thoughts and reflect on many things that interest him. Because of this philosophical line, “To the Stars” will probably be blamed for the monotony and lack of dynamics. And there is. For two hours, it shows little aggressive and intense scenes typical of films about the Cosmos. But this lack of dynamics is precisely due to a philosophical line that does not require, rather, even crowds out any dynamics. Thoughts aloud to Roy McBride is an opportunity to understand the loneliness of the protagonist, who also speaks about him during the film. This is an opportunity to see specifically in this astronaut, as well as in his father, people who are ready to sacrifice their lives for something more global than their existence …
By the way, when viewing, an analogy arose between the hero of Pitt and the hero of Billy Crudup from the Guardians, because of their philosophical thoughts. I thought for a long time what Âto the stars it reminds – like ÂInterstellar, but it seems not. So: Dr. Manhattan and his thoughts – this is what Roy McBrideÂs thoughts include. Brad Pitt, who played his role, was remembered by a thoughtful look and unwaveringness. Restrained by determination and outward composure, although an emotional storm is raging inside.
In my opinion, the film turned out to be too short at all, since the events shown in it were shown too quickly and all of its colossal journey from Earth to Saturn turned out to be quick. An extra half hour would add integrity to the picture and more constructively and thoroughly approach the mission of McBride and his adventures, his exploration of the ship at the rings of Saturn, his finding there and many other things.
I like to pay attention to details that at first may not be hooked. So here the line of thoughts of McBride against the background of the Cosmos is very well thought out. In a number of scenes, when he reflects, there is complete silence. A complete vacuum in which there is not a single sound fades out the soundtrack and the viewer hears only the thoughts of the main character. It’s amazing, you see! HEAR your thoughts! In a ringing silence, they turn out to be a source of sound and contrast the loneliness of man against the background of boundless Cosmos.
However, watch you. I do not impose my opinion on anyone.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)