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The Astronaut's Wife (Widescreen)
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A woman becomes embroiled in a mystery after her astronaut husband suffers an accident and retires as a hero from the space program. When he begins acting strangely, she must decide whether his odd behavior is all in her mind, or if he is no longer the man she once knew.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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......
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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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 morePublished on June 4 2006 by Reina
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 morePublished on June 12 2004 by Book Lover
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 morePublished on April 14 2004 by Hadi
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 morePublished on April 11 2004 by Nelson Aspen
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 morePublished on March 2 2004 by Amazon Customer
In this drama, a loving astronaut's wife wishes him well as he embarks on yet another space shuttle mission. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by Betti Trapp
Not even Johnny Depp could save this mess. The Astronaut's Wife is a boring,pointless film that works better than sleeping pills. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by H. A Huffman
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 morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by D. Desantis