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The Astronaut's Wife (Widescreen)

Charlize Theron , Johnny Depp , Rand Ravich    R (Restricted)   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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An intriguingly creepy premise but failed execution marks this stylish and ultimately bland thriller about a pretty, young woman whose pretty, young astronaut husband comes back from his most recent space mission a little... odd. Before that fated space trip, Spencer (Johnny Depp) and Jillian (Charlize Theron) were a sunny, happy couple with matching blonde hairdos and a predilection for romping in the sack from extremely clever camera angles. However, after a communications blackout brings Spencer and his partner back down to earth prematurely, things are a little... peculiar. Spencer's partner goes bonkers and has a heart attack; on top of that, the partner's wife takes a fatal shower with a plugged-in radio. Getting out of the space biz, Spencer accepts a job as a corporate exec in New York, and as a welcome to the Big Apple for his comely wife, he molests her at the company cocktail party. Soon enough, Jillian is pregnant, but as you might expect, this pregnancy (twins, don't you know) is a little... unusual. Writer-director Rand Ravich takes his sweet time getting from extremely obvious plot point A to even more obvious plot point B, stretching out the development particulars in mind-numbing, suspense-killing fashion. Even Joe Morton, as a sinisterly psychotic NASA official, can't liven things up--you know you're in bad thriller territory when the biggest scare comes from a light suddenly being switched off. Theron, sporting a Mia Farrow-Rosemary's Baby haircut, sleepwalks beautifully through the movie, but she did this role much, much better in The Devil's Advocate. Depp, with a cornpone Southern accent, is about as realistic as his peroxided hair. Ravich does the viewer no favors with a hackneyed ending straight out of a B-grade paperback horror novel in which the most shocking moment is Theron's sudden emergence as a brunette. With Blair Brown as a jaded socialite who offers to help out Theron by providing do-it-yourself abortion pills, and a lovely Donna Murphy as the suicidal wife who figures it all out before everyone else. --Mark Englehart

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Astronaut Spencer Armacoust was on a mission when he suddenly lost contact. When he got home to friends he was the same but to his wife he was different. She becomes pregnant but as time progresses she begins to feel like the lives inside of her are not of this world. Actors: Charlize Theron - Clea DuVall - Donna Murphy - Joe Morton - Johnny Depp - Nick Cassavetes. Director: Rand Ravich. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 110 mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: Unrated. Genre: Sci-Fi. Subgenre: Thriller. Release Year: 1999.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't stop thinking about it. June 12 2004
By A Customer
I watched this movie when it was on TV one night. This was when I hadn't even heard the bad reviews. After it was done I just sat there. Ususally, I can tell I really like a movie by the way it sticks with me. Throughout the whole week, I couldn't stop thinking about it and I knew I had to get it.The acting was fantastic. Sure the plot was well..stupid. But I can't really take any movie with aliens seriously. The reason it only recieved 4 stars was because the ending was awful. I really hate it when a great movie is ruined by the ending. But, what are you going to do? If you are a Johnny Depp fan then you will enjoy this movie. Like I said, the acting was great, the mood was suspenseful and it really stuck with me. That ending is just an unfortunate circumstance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ALIEN STEW March 17 2004
Johnny Depp has definitely proven his versatility and his ability to save an otherwise "average" movie---take PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, for instance. Who else but Depp could have pulled off that Mick Jagger impersonation so effectively? In ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, however, it is his performance that drags this movie down, and leaves it limp and unmoving. Charlize Theron, again proving that beauty does not beget banality, does a strong job in her role as the titular heroine, but the movie is so bogged down by slow pacing, an unearnest Depp performance, and no clear sense of direction.
Seems like something happened to Depp and his partner on a routine shuttle mission; now that he's back, he's acting a little weird, and lo and behold, Theron is going to have twins. There's one scene where Depp explains at a dinner party about a new plane he's developing...the lack of coherence in this scene dooms the finale, and the Outer Limits ending does little to tie it up.
Bravo to Theron, Clea DuVall and Joe Morton for their impassioned performances, but this is no thriller; it's mainly an exercise in style without substance.
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By Dusty
Last night I picked it up where Theron is in her kitchen when she learns that there is 'a problem'.....from there on there is 'a problem' not only for her but for the viewer with the way the story unfolds until the very end.
This is a repeat in some ways of The Devil's Advocate but Reeves was much better as the annoyed but understanding husband...
I had many questions e.g. what is the relevance of the twins? is it because there was an interruption for 'two minutes?'......and what is the need of repeating how many times? "he is in there" "I am in there" etc. .....she goes home to take her pills where I guessed he would be.....she allows the radio that is obviously bringing such pleasure to her 'husband' to stay in their apartment....I would have chucked it out the window to see if it could take the nosedive down to the street below.... we never do find out why the cab driver could not take her to Washington Square....and an endless number of other things in the script that make no sense.........but as my cousin, who was in the movie biz used to say 'there would be no movie then'......which might have been better given the muddled mess they produced......
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2.0 out of 5 stars Déjà vu Dec 11 2003
By Meesha
Format:VHS Tape
I had severe déjà vu watching this. Charlize Theron plays the exact same character she played in Devil's Advocate, alongside another cutie, Keanu Reeves. Except she has an extremely boyish haircut in this (does NOT suit her), and she doesn't dye her hair at any point brown, and start screaming at the slightest thing.
The thing that I've noticed been said about Devil's Advocate & this is that they compare it to Rosemary's Baby. Which doesn't help if you've never seen it like me. So all the comparisons just go straight over my head.
I only taped this off the TV ages ago for Johnny Depp. And wasn't too disappointed in the entire film. It had a good storyline and apart from Charlize Theron doing her one expression - bored - I did enjoy the film.
Then the ending came, and I was holding onto a cushion like grim death, and hiding my face partly behind it. The ending changed my whole perspective of the film, and subsequently lowered my stars scale to 2. I didn't completely understand the ending, and my Dad got quite fed up trying to explain and figure out what exactly I didn't understand about the movie. If the ending had been left alone, and just been a happy ending (it is technically, but not the way I wanted it to be), then I would have been fine. But no, they had to go and totally confuse me. Didn't really make much sense to stupid me.
Don't go into this expecting a great, Armageddon-esque film. It's not. It's a very strange film. And you definitely need to see Rosemary's Baby first, to be able to understand the comparisons!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Depp Creepy, Therone Beautiful Nov. 27 2003
By A Customer
Whoa, lots of negativity floating around about this film. Watching the film for the first time, totally unaware even of the genre of movie I was watching, I was totally dragged along by it. The appeal to me was seeing a sci-fi feature unravel with minimal effects. I also thought that it was an incredible role for Depp. This was the film that made me a Depp fan. His character was disarming and terrifying. The cinematography was spare and relevant to the story, and the direction was superb. Cases in point, the scene near the end with Depp descending the stairs dragging his wedding band on the rail...the brief glimps of Depp "whispering" to Jillian's sister. And it's got Charlize Theron in it! Okay, okay, there WAS the recurring in utero scene, but you just have to roll your eyes and move on -- they didn't invest heavily on effects. If you're looking for a sci-fi-horror film with drooling scaly things that spit acid and laser beams (and that have ONLY ONE WEAKNESS!!!), this is not the film for you. If you don't like to use your imagination after you are done watching the movie, this is not the film for you. If you simply want to be entertained, well, this movie totally freaked me out and haunted me for days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Robert A Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a good movie
Just 4 star, cause the ending was a little weird, but the movie in general is good, the acting is fantastic and there is a suspens in the movie, like I said only the end was... Read more
Published on June 4 2006 by Reina
1.0 out of 5 stars Mystery? What mystery?
Glad I caught this one free on TV. Surely I'm not spoiling it for you if I say that the "astronauts" impregnate their wives with alien babies? Snore... Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A very optumistic dark thriller, it's great
Johnny Depp and Charleze Theron are one of the most gifed actors in hollywood today and this piece is one of the most dakest, smooth sexy thriller where johnny depp plays an... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Hadi
3.0 out of 5 stars Harmless thriller
Good acting from Depp & Theron (an interesting pairing that could work in a different film) can't save this predictable thriller that relies heavily on overwrought suspension... Read more
Published on April 11 2004 by Nelson Aspen
2.0 out of 5 stars silly little movie
Astronaut's Wife tries hard but it's just too silly to be taken seriously. Johnny Depp is fine as Spencer an astronaut who may be possessed by an alien but he's stuck with Charlize... Read more
Published on March 2 2004 by Kimberley Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for a really creepy show.
In this drama, a loving astronaut's wife wishes him well as he embarks on yet another space shuttle mission. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Betti Trapp
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awful.
Not even Johnny Depp could save this mess. The Astronaut's Wife is a boring,pointless film that works better than sleeping pills. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by H. A Huffman
3.0 out of 5 stars What was with the ending?
I am not particularly drawn to science fiction and being a fan of Johnny Depp's range as an actor, I still had no desire to see this. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2004 by D. Desantis
4.0 out of 5 stars movie
Depp was great as Spencer in this movie. I loved the fact that he scared the crap out of me, I loved his southern accent and he was so gorgeous with chesnut hair in this movie. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
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