– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last year, the world had a hell of a time cheering for Matt Damon to get home from Mars in the Ridley Scott film, THE MARTIAN. Now, it’s time to get ready for a different type of Martian flick, one that’s not as based on human ingenuity as it is based on human emotion.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US poses many questions, though the chief among them is largely a sociological and developmental one: what would happen if a boy grew up on Mars and came back to Earth as a teenager?

Check out the official trailer for THE SPACE BETWEEN US below!

“In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. 

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. 

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and 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.”

Admittedly, this film has the danger of becoming an overly-sentimental mess, but the questions it poses are genuinely interesting. In many ways, the planet Mars is more of a plot device for sending an isolated kid out into the world. How would he handle himself among people? How will his body hold up to the strain of Earth’s gravity and elements?

I’m personally eager to see how the film answers these questions in hopes that it’ll hold together as the plot goes on. As such, I’d say I’m optimistic for this film, but am hesitant to give it a full-on pass in fears that it’ll grow too cheesy in the latter minutes of the picture.

What do you think? Did this trailer do anything for you, or did it give too much away? Let us know your thoughts down below!

THE SPACE BETWEEN US hits theaters on August 19, 2016

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The Space Between Us poster

SOURCE: STX Entertainment

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.