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The Astronaut’s Wife

By |2018-03-21T18:29:52+01:00February 9th, 2004|Reviews|


Date: 1999

Director: Rand Ravich

Starring: Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron

This stylishly strange and flawed sleeper can grow on you — or in you. Astronaut Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) returns from an orbital mission in which something awful but murky occurred. Extroverted lover-boy Armacost is somehow altered and wife Jillian (Charlize Theron) senses the change.

Sexually charged, Armacost is also immediately determined to make a baby. When Jillian becomes pregnant, Rand Ravich’s movie gradually veers toward monster mash silly. Before then, though, it’s a weird and oddly atmospheric take on “Rosemary’s Baby” with space as the Devil’s HQ. Depp (with a Texas drawl) and Theron are slightly and intentionally off key, which at times makes the movie deeply creepy.

About the Author:

Hong Kong based David Trask is a longtime freelance movie reviewer.