September 17, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Astronaut's Wife

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Johnny Depp, Charlize Theron, Clea DuVall
director
Rand Ravich
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama
We gave it a C+

The less that happens, the more we’re meant to suck in our breath. In this portentous jumble of Rosemary’s Baby, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Species II, an astronaut (Johnny Depp) gets lost in space for two enigmatic minutes and then, returning home, impregnates his wife (Charlize Theron). What’s growing in her womb — could it possibly be a demon space alien? The movie has too few surprises to justify its atmosphere of malignant revelation, but the gifted Theron knows how to wallow in pain without drowning the audience in it. C+

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