Beautiful Charlize Theron is The Astronaut's Wife, but her short hair isn't the only problem in this drab and boring "sci-fi" movie. Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands) co-stars as "the astronaut" who apparently becomes possessed with an alien entity after a sudden accident in space. Possess is not the word, though. Sure, his attitude changes slightly but there is not enough character progression before the accident to determine what's different. He maintains all of his memories and everything and the only thing that seems wrong is that Theron thinks something is wrong with her husband. She tells us, and shows us through emotion, but this is a movie. The movie has to show us! Furthermore, there is hardly any conflict within the story. Depp's character suddenly changes over from the caring husband to the ambitious monster near the end of the film without any reason or purpose, and, up until that point, Theron has put up with him. After that, there is a pointless murder and the couple suddenly develop what seems to be a psychic link, but there is no development in that part of the script.
And then the ending comes. As endings go, this has to be about the worst. There is no action, there is no suspense, and there sure isn't anything else. It seems as though the writer got tired by the ending (I was ready to fall asleep by then) and just threw in a bland, trite climax.
But the main problem is that the movie is just flat out boring. From beginning to end the only exciting scene is where they show an outer space scene, and you can see that in the previews. The acting was decent but other than that, The Astronaut's Wife just plain sucked.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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