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The Astronaut's Wife [Blu-ray] (2012)

Johnny Depp , Charlize Theron , Rand Ravich  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Joe Morton, Clea Duvall
  • Directors: Rand Ravich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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90 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating series of reviews below October 1, 2006
I watch a fair number of slower paced, atmospheric foreign films that kind of stew in their own juices. I enjoy them. I also like old sci-fi. This film vaguely reminded me of Tarkovsky's "Solaris"--a fave for me. I hope that comparison is helpful to people interested in this movie.

I enjoyed this film. It took an old B-movie story (I think it was "I Married a Space Monster"), and stood it on its head while maintaining the initial point of "what's the difference between body and mind, or soul and genetics." A lot of body in this film and I think that was part of the point. Using an old, and predictable, story or premise as a vehicle is not uncommon--we all knew how the new King Kong was going to end, didn't we--so when it's done, the thing I look for is the shape and flavor of the things hanging off that trite story line, and how it all interacts with our imposition of predestination on a flick.

A hundred plus bad reviews down below--REALLY bad reviews--but after reading many of them I sense a common problem. Johnny Dep is a cult phenomenon, but he's also a fine actor. No matter what he does, he drags a large fan base with him. I think here he accidentally dragged his fan base into a kind movie that just doesn't appeal to fans of sexy media personalities. In a way, Dep's attractiveness and sex appeal work against his proven ability to be a serious and diverse actor. I never see a film BECAUSE Dep is in it, but I do often watch films that happen to have him in the cast and I frequently marvel at his performances.

A tiny handful of good reviews of this movie and I believe every one, no matter how sincere the opinion or well-argued the case--received ONLY "not helpful" votes. I tried to remedy that.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The superb acting makes this film worth while December 28, 1999
By Pokemon
While many critics had utter distaste for "The Astronaut's Wife," I happened to enjoy this horror/sci-fi film very much. It's a lot of fun, and it has eerie cinematography that really draws the viewer into the film. But the real thing that makes this not-so-original flick worth while to watch is the superb acting from Johnny Depp ("Sleepy Hollow," "Edward Scissor Hands") and the stunning, absolutely magnificent Charlize Theron ("Devil's Advocate," "2 Days in the Valley"). Both these actors are very talented and perhaps at the top of their generation. Joe Morton (veteran co-star of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and "Speed") also has a small role here, which makes it all the better.
The film is about an astronaut's wife (Theron) who finds out that her husband (Depp) has come back from space and has been posessed by some alien force. He now has plans on Earth for world domination after he impregnates his wife with his alien children. This is where Morton comes in as he desperately tries to tell the astronaut's wife what is happening. The story moves along at a brisk, yet somewhat predictable pace, and it's really only the ending that proves to have any jolt of suspense and breathless unpredictability. Overall, if you enjoy this type of genre, "The Astronaut's Wife" is well worth your time and money to see.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mars ain't the kind of Place to raise a Kid... August 11, 2005
But it turns out it's just as cold and creepy on Earth, and cold is just how this chilly little Something-in-Outer-space-got-my-Astronaut-Husband flick serves it up. "The Astronaut's Wife" is a stylish, nastily clever, absolutely heartless, efficiently paced and admirably designed little gem of a horror movie, centering on the crux of everyone's worst fears: what if the love of my life is a ghoulish space alien who plans on destroying Earth?

When I was a little kid, I remember being scared silly by tales of outer space terror and body-snatching on those creepy "Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone" episodes. Everyone has seen at least one variation on the theme: the noble, heroic astronaut with the jutting jaw and confident swagger goes off on the Antares IV Expedition/Rocket Shoot to Planet X/Mission to the Moon, but when he comes back he's no longer himself. He's one of Them---a leering, skulking, alien horror, waiting to turn the tables on his unwitting friends, relatives, and fellow NASA employees.

That's what "The Astronaut's Wife" feels like to me: a really creepy "Outer Limits" episode with a decent budget, plus Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron. Johnny Depp is perfect as the swaggering Commander Spencer Armacost, who goes up on a routine near-Earth orbit mission with his partner (played admirably by Nick Cassavetes---see, "Astronaut's Wife" is just one degree of separation from "Rosemary's Baby" after all!) one tragic day.

There is a mysterious and inexplicable electrical surge, the mission is aborted, and Armacost goes from doting husband to skulking, leering creep in one fell swoop.

He acquires some interesting new habits as well, like spending quality time with the family radio.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A character driven science fiction movie March 14, 2000
This was a completely good movie in almost every aspect. I don't understand what all the hubbuub is about, The Astronaut's Wife was not that bad a movie. Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron superbly portrayed their characters, right down to the smallest detail. Depp really shows how far his acting range can extend to. And Theron completely took me by surprise, she really steals the show. As for all the comparisons to Rosemary's Baby, they are few and very far between. The most apparent would be Theron's hair style which is a distant reminder of Mia Farrow. But from this man's point of view, this film completely stands on its own as original, entertaining, and thrilling. My only beef is the DVD itself, there aren't any special features included save a theatrical trailer and a few biographys. Although a director commentary and/or making of documentary would have been a nice bonus, the picture and sound are both a ten, and that is enough to satisfy me.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 1 day ago by lorin fleming
1.0 out of 5 stars This must have been a car payment movie
If I could I would give thus movie MINUS stars--- From these two actors, Depp and Theron you would expect something more. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Carol Blow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by heather t.
2.0 out of 5 stars Careful not to fall asleep
Despite the all too obvious allusion to Rosemary's Baby (Theron even sports the same haircut), this is a surprisingly vapid mystery whose ending is all too predictable with the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Rented it to watch on my flight back east, had already seen it but it's always good to come back to movies you watched growing up again every once in awhile.
Published 2 months ago by Georgie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so hot
Despite two terrific actors (Depp and Theron) the film is 1) highly predictable and 2) kind of creepy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Z. Jody
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists
Great thriller. Twists in the plot make you sit on the edge of your seat. Good and believable performances by the leads.
Published 2 months ago by Annette Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
This is the first time that Johnny Depp plays such a sinister part that I forget he's such a babe!! It's a little "out there", but completely plausible as sci-fi goes.
Published 4 months ago by K. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars You want creepy, you got it!
This movie is a sleeper that won't let you sleep after viewing as the subtle plot grows slowly and strangely dangerously. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott A. Kurtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Science fiction
This movie combines astronaut "history" with crazy outer space science fiction.
It may be nerve racking for many, but has an remarkable ending.
Published 5 months ago by Patrick V Cheatham
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