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Brad Pitt races across the moon in Ad Astra sneak peek

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Reach for the stars in this clip from acclaimed sci-fi drama Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor portrays Roy McBride, an astronaut attempting to discover the whereabouts of his missing father Cliff (Tommy Lee Jones). McBride's interstellar quest takes him to the farthest reaches of our solar system – but before we get there, the movie offers a fascinating vision of what would happen if our own moon was colonised.

In this extract, McBride lands on the lunar surface and promptly engages in a life-or-death moon buggy pursuit with outer-space pirates. In the world of Ad Astra, it seems that nothing is beyond exploitation or corruption, and the fantastical nature of the sequence is ironically grounded in down-to-Earth concerns.

Match that with the internal emotional journey undertaken by Pitt's character, and critics say the movie deserves praise as a masterful odyssey. It's directed by James Gray, a dab hand at such things given his background in critically feted movies such as The Immigrant and The Lost City of Z.

Reviews from the recent Venice Film Festival were glowing. "The question of whether Pitt will be pitted against Pitt at the 2020 Oscars is not at all a stupid one," raves David Jenkins in Little White Lies.

"Come on down for all the eccentric detail [Gray] and co-writer Ethan Gross vacuum pack into this intergalactic escapade set in a near future where deep space endeavour is on the cusp of unearthing something profound about our status in the galaxy. Stay for the realisation that this is an extraordinary and elaborate film about the emotional devastation of losing a parent."

Check out the clip to get a teaser of Pitt's hypnotic performance and the gorgeous cinematography from Hoyte van Hoytema (who shot Christopher Nolan's Interstellar).

Like the look of that? Then don't miss Ad Astra on the biggest screen you can find – the movie is released on 18th September. Tweet us @Cineworld if you're planning to take a fantastic voyage with Brad Pitt.