Movie Review: The Space Between Us


Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the Sci-Fi, romantic drama, The Space Between Us. 

The film stars Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson.

I honestly didn’t know anything about this film before watching it. All I know is from what I saw in the film’s trailer. It looked very interesting to me.

Here is a trailer for your enjoyment.


The Space Between Us is the story of a young man named Gardner Elliot. He was born on Mars. No one planned on him to be born on another planet, but his astronaut mother gave birth to him while on Mars trying to colonize the planet.

Gardner leads a very lonely life. There are only a handful of people on Mars with him. He’s never experienced anything on Earth like rain, grass, or even wind in his face.

Gardner has questions about who his father is. One day while rummaging through his deceased mother’s belongings, Gardner comes across a video showing his mother and another man in a beach house. He believes that man might be his biological father.

Gardner has access to computers and meets a young girl named Tulsa. She lives on Earth (Colorado) and is in the foster care system. She has no idea her new friend lives on another planet. Gardner tells her that he has a serious disease, but he’d love to meet her someday.

Because Gardner has lived his whole live on Mars, his body is not equipped to handle being on Earth. His bones are not strong enough and he would have to learn to adapt to the Earth’s atmosphere.

Against his caretakers better wishes, Gardner flees to Earth in hopes of meeting Tulsa and finding his biological father.

Gardner does meet up with Tulsa, but he doesn’t tell her that he’s from Mars (at least not at first). When he finally does confide in her, she doesn’t believe him.

Gardner and Tulsa enjoy their time together, but they are not alone. Gardner is being tracked down by his caretaker, Nathaniel and an astronaut named Kendra. Nathaniel and Kendra both need to find Gardner quickly before it’s too late. The longer her remains on Earth the more danger he’ll be in because he cannot survive for too long on our planet.

Will Nathaniel and Kendra find Gardner and convince him to go back to Mars before it’s too late? Will Tulsa ever believe that Gardner is not from this world? To find out you need to pick up (or download) The Space Between Us. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

What I liked about this film is that the story is so different and unlike something I have ever seen before. Sure, there are films about aliens trying to make their way back home (E.T. for example), but never a human being. I liked that twist about this film.

The film has a lot going for it, and not just the Sci-Fi elements. It has romance, excitement, drama and some really beautiful cinematography.

I think the film makers did a great job with the casting. Even the young actors (Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson) seem very well suited for their roles in this film.

I’m a forty-something-year-old woman and I enjoyed this film, as did my husband (same age). On the flip side, my 20 year old and 17 year old also enjoyed this film, so it has something for everyone. My son (17) felt like it was more of a “chick flick,” but my husband didn’t agree.

My husband was a bit reluctant to watch the film (it didn’t seem like his “thing”) but after watching it he said he liked it and if he saw it come on one of the premium channels (HBO, Starz…) he would probably watch it again. I take that as a good thing.

There are some bonus features. I would recommend you check them out (especially the alternate ending).


  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Love” Featurette  – An inside look, with the cast and filmmakers, at the themes of the film, highlighting the one theme that connects us all – Love.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Peter Chelsom – Available only on Blu-RayTM and DVD.

I didn’t check out the commentary (I am not a fan of commentary) but I did check out the other bonus features (I am glad they chose the ending that they featured in the film). I also liked the “Love” featurette. I never really looked at the theme of the film being love, but it makes sense now that I saw the featurette. Initially I just looked at the film as a romantic, Sci-Fi film. There is much more to it than that.

Did YOU see The Space Between Us? If so, what did you think of the film? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. I’ve seen previews for this movie but hadn’t really read any reviews until now. I’ll have to check it out. Sounds like a good film.