The Astronaut's Wife [Blu-ray] (1999)

Actors: Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Joe Morton, Clea Duvall
Director: Rand Ravich
Format: 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



NASA loses contact with two astronauts in orbit fixing a satellite for a few minutes after a freak accident. The astronauts make their way back to Earth okay, but one astronaut dies of massive stroke during a work party. Later his wife commits suicide at his funeral reception.

The other astronaut (Johnny Depp) is somehow changed by his near-death experience in orbit and his newly pregnant wife (Charlize Theron with a Mia Farrow circa Rosemary’s Baby haircut) suspects him of being Satan, er, sorry, an alien pod person. Is she just being paranoid?

Of course we in the audience knows that she isn’t being paranoid and that he is indeed an alien interloper; otherwise, there’d be no movie - now would there? And so this 1999 movie stretches out what should have been a short Outer Limits episode on TV into a full-length feature movie length of an impossibly long 109 minutes.

Mia, sorry, Charlize’s character is all whiny and pathetic and you despise her for it. (All she needs is a good divorce lawyer, you know.) Johnny Depp – also sporting a daft hairstyle – is all meaningful glances and stares. If he had a moustache he would surely twirl it and laugh maniacally. Charlize threatens suicide. The audience wishes she’d do it because then the movie would finally be over.

THE DISC: No special features except for a trailer. Image quality is decent.

WORTH IT? What was intended to be a slow and brooding thriller just turns out to be an overlong and dull Twilight Zone episode.

RECOMMENDATION: You can safely give The Astronaut's Wife a skip.



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