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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
Top Customer Reviews
Just imagine, a character-driven science fiction. What's more, there are only two visual effects shots throughout the entire movie, which says something. One might say that the film budget was too low to allow it to become an effects movie. I disagree, though, because for what it lacked in effects the movie made up for in story, acting, directing, and script. Please watch this with an open mind, don't let all the critics sway you. It never ceases to amaze me how many people will believe and watch a movie based on what one or two people have said about it. Form your own opinions, not just for this movie but for all the others that have gotten a bad rap.
It is one those movies where all the people have bubbly personalities, fine clothes, nice homes, and not a hair out of place. The couple in this movie are two great-looking people who look even better together. What it all boils down to is tasteless icing applied to moldy rotten cake. The cake in this case is the plot, We're-being-invaded-by-aliens-and-nobody-believes-me. The plot in TAW is also a direct rip-off of SPECIES 2, a very bad movie. But at least SPECIES 2 had a few good special effects going for it. TAW has nothing.
This is so bad it does not even belong in the elite category of "so bad it's good". When those movies try to be serious, it's funny. Sometimes excrutiatingly funny. But with TAW, it's painful. EXCRUTIATINGLY painful.
And one more crime it commits (I could go on all day) is that it tries to appeal to science fiction/horror audiences. TAW is neither science fiction or horror. The closest thing I can compare it to are those daytime soap operas that try adding supernatural elements to the storylines when the writers run out of ideas. Only they stretched this soap opera out a half an hour longer and infused it with a lot less imagination.
So if you are a video store wanting to rent or buy something original, then check out just about anything else except for this stinker.Read more ›
The writer also must have thought that it wasn't very important to develop the characters either. The character development is awful. Johnny Depp is in the movie for maybe a minute before he goes into space so we don't get a good idea as to what his character is like before the alien takes over his body. We just have to assume that he has changed and that he wasn't already a bad guy. And very little time was spent on his character after his return from space so he just comes off looking like the typical Bob Evil character that we've seen about a zillion times before. Charlize Theron's character isn't very well developed either especially considering the amount of time that she is in the movie.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Great movie. Interesting take on this theme. Warning: i did not enjoy the rape scene.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Je trouve que le scénario simpliste de ce film est un affreux gaspillage du talent des deux acteurs principaux.Published 23 months ago by Guillaume Tell
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