Six months into a solitary research mission to the edge of the solar system, an astronaut, Jakub (Adam Sandler), realizes that the marriage he left behind might not be waiting for him when he returns to Earth. Desperate to fix things with his wife, Lenka (Carey Mulligan), he is helped by a mysterious creature from the beginning of time he finds hiding in the bowels of his ship. Hanuš (voiced by Paul Dano) works with Jakub to make sense of what went wrong before it is too late.
The underpinnings of this film are psychological. ; what happens to the human mind in extended isolation? Jakub is not doing well at all. Is the creature a fabrication of Jakub’s mind? How does a stow-away get aboard a Terran-launched spacecraft launch in the first place? Hanuš , the spider creature, appears to have the form of a spider, just a very very — very — large one. Is it really a creature from the dawn of time, an explorer from another world, using the physicality of a spider to express its presence aboard Jakub’s ship? Seems pretty unlikely. And yet …
And yet …
This is Sandler’s return to the theatrical screen after his well received and Annie Award nominated animated feature called Leo, about an aging iguana who finds new meaning in life after being a class pet for 70 years.
Spaceman is directed by Johan Renck and based on the novel Spaceman of Bohemia. The film also stars Kunal Nayyar, Lena Olin, and Isabella Rossellini.
Spaceman is coming to Netflix on March 1.
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