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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)
  • ASIN: B007NQNRPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,699 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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping thriller that is much like Rosemary's baby February 28, 2005
By DSG
Format:DVD
if you like Depp: see Secret Window, Pirates of the Caribbean, Nightmare on Elm street, Sleepy Hollow, From Hell, and other movies

if you like Charlize Theron: see Psycho and other movies she's in

this is a terrifying tale

even the ending had me freaked out

it's scary how you think you know someone you love and then you find out you don't even know them and you thought you did all along

Depp plays a very peculiar role in this movie

He starts out loving , dramatic, funny, caring

and by the end he's

loathing her but trying not to show it

using her

hurting her

etc

this is one freaky but interesting movie

in a way the movie has a good ending

and in a way it's a bad ending

I like the ending

it keeps the viewers guessing on a sequal or what should happen next

but it doesn't leave you out in the cold guessing how the movie ends

the story is so creepy that I freaked out in alot of the strange parts. like the one where Depp looks in the mirror like he does. and then his wife comes in. and he this sick evil almost emotionless look on his face. that's truly terrifying. the lighting for that set or room he was in. added the perfect creepiness to that look on his face. had it been done in bright light. it would of looked lame. not scary and not had the effect it gave me. I really thought Spencer was Spencer until about the middle or slight end of the movie where more details get uncovered. a haunting tale of deception. see this movie. I shall watch it again and again and again and again and again. this will truly haunt your mind if you think you know your lover sometimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 5 days 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 5 days ago by Carol Blow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WORKS GREAT
Published 14 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 3 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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