A Solo Mission to Mars Goes Weirdly Awry in Approaching the Unknown

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Here’s the first trailer for writer-director Mark Elijah Robinson’s debut feature, Approaching the Unknown. An astronaut (Mark Strong) blasts off for Mars but ends up heading more in the direction of ... well, the title’s kind of a giveaway. When existential weirdness meets space travel, though, anything’s possible.

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It certainly looks intriguing. The “one moment of pure wonder” line is a little touchy-feely, but it seems like taking a lonely, one-way mission to another planet would stir up some heavy emotions. And it doesn’t look like anyone will come and rescue this particular Martian at the end of the film. Plus, Strong—who’s usually seen in supporting roles, and often plays villains—is an inspired casting choice. The film opens June 3.

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Looks interesting, but I’m trying to wrap my head around how much swearing there can be in a space adventure to earn an ‘R’ rating for language.