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Approaching the Unknown

HD   R Closed Captioning

Mark Elijah Rosenberg

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About the Movie

Captain William D. Stanaforth (Mark Strong) is on a one-way solo mission, taking humanity’s first steps toward colonizing Mars. Although the entire world is watching him, he is completely alone in a dark and distant sea of stars. Stanaforth rockets bravely through space facing insurmountable odds, but as the journey takes a toll on his life-sustaining systems, he is forced to make impossible choices that threaten his sanity, mission and very existence.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Jun 2, 2016

Fresh: In its own compact, budget-conscious way, it's quite a stirring if low-key journey. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jun 2, 2016

Rotten: It falls on the velvety-voiced Strong himself, much like his character, to salvage the mission and plow through the overly philosophical dialogue. – Ethan Sacks, New York Daily News, Jun 3, 2016

Rotten: Claustrophobic space films certainly don't have to be funny, but writer/director Mark Elijah Rosenberg fails to convey any real psychological chills either with this portrait of an obsessive adventurer banging away at his imperfect machine. – Sara Stewart, New York Post, Jun 2, 2016

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Customer Reviews


You definitely have to watch this movie with and open mind. Its slow but very interesting. The movie is about the ultimate sacrifice one man can do i feel to see beyond this life on earth. The goal and the shortcomings of the goal and how far humans have come with science and technology. great movie

not even close

I like Strong and I love sci-fi, but I feel like a dope for spending money on this dull, low-budget indie film. I could have dealt with the minimal production if there weren't also a minimal script, minimal characters, minimal drama. Like Major Tom, Strong spends most of the film sitting in a tin can, pondering various indie-film philosophical conundrums. What Major Tom went through in a 2 minute song becomes terribly tedious in a full-length film.Think of it as "The Martian" with no plot, no narrative pulse, no budget, and no sense of humor -- although the spacesuit and Mars set at the end are pretty laughable. I really wish I'd waited until I could watch this for free somewhere, and fast-forward as needed. (Side note: Sanaa Lathan, who gets 3rd billing in the credits, appears for literally about 30 seconds, on a small tv screen. If you're a fan of hers, don't pay for this movie on her account.)

Waste of Money!

The movie starts off somewhat intresting where your waiting to find out more about the mission, only to find out that at the end there is no point to the story and the end is senseless ..... waste of time. DO NOT WATCH.

Approaching the Unknown
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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