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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 (88 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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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a good movie June 5 2006
By Reina
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 weird.. but yet Johnny act like heaven !!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mystery? What mystery? June 12 2004
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...I figured that out 10 minutes into the movie. What a painfully boring movie this is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very optumistic dark thriller, it's great April 14 2004
By Hadi
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 astronaut caught up in deep space for two minutes where he had a near death experience as a transmetic wave collided and entered his body forcing his original charecter to dissapear and an alien to takeover his body, all this in two minutes. Charleze, who plays a vunreble wife and 2nd grade school teacher in florida realizes a change in her husband's reactons and investigates further with the help of a retired scientist from NASA.
A twisted ending, terrific screenplay and a dynamic score, all star cast and one of the greatest dark thrillers in hollywood today, the astronaut's wife is a keeper. 9.5/10.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Harmless thriller April 12 2004
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 of disbelief. Is it the writing or the direction? Hmmm...I think it's more of a case of, "Hey...let's try and make an alien version of ROSEMARY'S BABY." Polanski did it first and he did it better, and no Mia Farrow haircut can help Theron (who is burdened with nearly every scene in the movie) out of this jam. In a different era, this would have been a great DRIVE IN movie.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars silly little movie March 2 2004
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 Theron. Although she gotten much better as an actress and went on to win an Oscar this year in this role she's ghastly. She was evidently directed to do an imitation of Mia Farrow ala Rosemary's Baby and falls flat partly becuase she's got to work with dumb lines from a poor script.
Having said all that the movie is entertaining if you enjoy throwing popcorn at your TV and yelling insults at the actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for a really creepy show. Feb. 13 2004
In this drama, a loving astronaut's wife wishes him well as he embarks on yet another space shuttle mission. There are problems however, when the two astronauts on board leave the ship to fix a problem. For two minutes, NASA cannot reach them. Those two minutes turn out to be the evil of all evils. When Johnny Depp, who plays one of the astronauts, comes home to his wife, he acts like nothing has happened, yet something very sinister has just come to earth, and start popping the popcorn, you don't want to miss this one.
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