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Approaching the Unknown

Thriller . Drama . Science Fiction . Sci-Fi

Captain William Stanaforth is on a one-way solo mission to take the first steps in colonising Mars. Like all pioneers throughout history, Stanaforth will face insurmountable odds and life and death decisions as he rockets bravely through space.

Actors: Mark Strong , Luke Wilson , Sanaa Lathan , Anders Danielsen Lie , Charles Baker , Bettina Skye
Directors: Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Country: USA
Release: 2016-06-03
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  • Sherilyn Connelly

    Approaching the Unknown is the best science fiction movie since Gravity, and certainly the most melancholy since Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 Solaris.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Under the steady hand of writer-director Mark Elijah Rosenberg, tension and pathos build, slowly sweeping us along with the captain’s fraught yet hopeful exploration.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jared Mobarak

    Credit Rosenberg for keeping things ambiguous because it does make the film more interesting. Without this lingering sense of potential artifice, Approaching the Unknown becomes a slow-moving descent into acceptance — not quite a riveting plot with the suspenseful intrigue a descent into madness brings.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    If Approaching the Unknown isn’t entirely satisfying, Mr. Strong reaches high with his portrayal of the unraveling of a man who believes survival is a matter of engineering.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Writer and director Mark Elijah Rosenberg paces things patiently, which in some cases is a polite way of saying there are boring stretches.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Too high-minded to ever stoop to suspense or fun, Approaching The Unknown is almost completely interiorized, unspooling in voice-over narration that sounds like a writing exercise that got out of control.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    If you want another lesson about why we should be going to Mars and what we’ll encounter and maybe find out about ourselves, “Unknown” will do until we have an actual liftoff.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The film doesn’t seem particularly interested in grappling with any of those issues beyond the most superficial level.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Unfortunately, his machine fails en route; way more unfortunately, he comes up very short compared to Mark Watney, the red planet-stranded astronaut played with such humor and energy by Matt Damon in last year’s “The Martian.”

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Wright

    The film fails to lay down the character foundation that might have elevated the third-act histrionics.

    Slant Magazine Full Review