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AD ASTRA Directed by James Marsh Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Nagga, Donald Sutherland I do what I do because of my Dad. He gave his life for the pursuit of knowledge because up there is where our story is going to be told - Roy McBride In the near future, the Solar System is being struck by mysterious power surges of unknown origin, threatening the future of human life. After surviving an incident on an immense space antenna caused by one of these surges, Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), son of famed pioneering astronaut H. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) is informed by US. Space Command (SpaceCom), the United States Armed Forces branch operating in Space, that the source of the surges has been traced to the “Lima Project” base. The Lima Project had been sent some twenty-six years prior to search for intelligent life from the farthest regions of the Solar System under Clifford McBride’s leadership, and disappeared sixteen year’s prior in orbit around Neptune. A SpaceCom officer informs Roy that they believe Clifford may still be alive, and he is tasked with the mission of travelling to Mars to try and establish communication with him. MacBride accepts the mission and is joined by an old associate of his father, Colonel Pruitt (Donald Sutherland). After taking a commercial flight to the Moon, McBride and Colonel Pruitt are escorted by US military personnel to the SpaceCom lunar base, taking them across no-man’s land. En route to the base via lunar rovers, they ambushed by scavenging pirates, who kill most of the group except for McBride and Pruitt. After reaching the base, a dying Pruitt is placed into intensive care. McBride transfers to a SpaceCom flight, crewed by four SpaceCom officers, whom make up of Captain Lawrence Tanner (Donnie Keshawarz), Donald Stanford (Loren Dean), Franklin Yoshida (Bobby Nish), and Lorraine Deavers (Kimberley Elise). The crew aboard then flies to Mars. During the journey to Mars, the ship receives a distress signal from a Norwegian bio medical research space station. Boarding the space station, McBride and the ship’s captain find it abandoned, only to be attacked by an aggressive baboon escaped from the Norwegian station. The ape kills Captain Tanner before being neutralized by McBride. Another baboon attacks McBride but he can escape the station with the captain’s body. 12

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