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on 2 September 2012
After watching this film I'm surprised to find that its original title wasn't Rosemary's Space Baby, as there are only two significant differences between movie and Polanski's 1968 film:

(1) In The Astronaut's Wife a woman fears that she has become impregnated not by Satan but by an alien.
(2) Rosemary's Baby is a good movie.

The wife in question is played by Charlize Theron a sweet Southern school teacher with a history of some mental instability and a haircut just like the one Mia Farrow sported in, you guessed it - Rosemary's Baby. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, although lacking in his, now customary, heavy makeup, is convincing as ever as he plays her rocketeer husband in his usual outstanding way.

At first all is well, but following a mission mishap, things begin to turn sour, notably for Depp's ill-fated co-pilot and his pregnant wife, followed by some increasingly dire warnings from a concerned NASA bigwig, played by Joe Morton.

When Theron suddenly finds herself expecting, it is only a matter of time before she comes to believe that her husband looking strangely like Edward Scissorhands may not be the only odd thing about him. Is she really married to an alien? Or is she just as mad as Johnny Depp playing the part of a hatter? Sadly, by the time we find out, no-one cares.

While the cast do their best, particularly Depp, the whole story seems to be lacking in any sort of tension or atmosphere what so ever. The whole thing really does seem like a re-telling of Rosemary's baby but with a completely redundant sci-fi spin, it's predictable and has absolutely no mystery to it and very little thrill. I would recommend only watch this if you are a Depp fan as he is, as always, at his best.
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