The Space between Us

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Genre Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
Director Peter Chelsom
Cast Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Brit Robertson, Carla Gugino
  • Release Date 23/02/2017
  • Category IIA
  • Duration 120 mins
  • Country The USA

In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonise Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 but has only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, Gardner joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

The Science

Mars is about half the diameter of Earth, and it therefore has about 3/8 of Earth’s gravity. That means that if you were strong on Earth, you could be even stronger for a while on Mars. When he returns to Earth, Gardner Elliot feels like he weighs the equivalent of 300 pounds!

Also, being in reduced gravity, as far as we know today, would have a dramatic effect on a young child that had not fully developed and would probably result in enlarged or altered internal organs, and a different bone structure.

We know when astronauts go to the International Space Station or a shuttle that they have lost muscle mass. They have lost bone density. But if someone were to grow up in that environment, it would probably result in a lot of physiological changes.


  • Gardner

    When arriving on Earth, he escapes from the authorities and heads out to find Tulsa. He doesn’t have any money and knows nothing about shopping.

  • Tulsa

    The girl who was abandoned and brought up in a foster home.

  • Nathaniel Shepherd

    The revolutionary founder of Genesis Space Technologies, the private aerospace company that is seeking to establish human life on Mars.