In the early 80's, during a time when Roman directors were already making movies that might have been pretty groundbreaking at the time, producer Jack Zito (son of legendary producer Frank Zito) began making his own films that would be taken from different subgenres in the movie industry. His films like the first five pictures in the "Ad Astra" series made him an instant sensation among the genre community. The first movie in the "Ad Astra" series was a monster hit all the way around and has since then become the go-to for many movie buffs.
There are actually six "Ad Astra" movies out in the world, and each movie, like the name suggests, is about astronomy. Many people who are not familiar with these movies wonder whether or not this is just the next step in the direction of being a "Wizard of Oz" or a movie series like "Harry Potter". But in reality, the "Ad Astra" movies are not just some kind of fantasy. They are quite serious and realistic depictions of what it actually means to be an astronomer in our universe.
This franchise continues to attract a wide spectrum of people who appreciate great storytelling and great acting. These movies are no longer simply "high fantasy", but are instead a much more intricate and detailed portrayal of what it actually means to be an astronomer in the real world. And the best part is, most of these movies are actually science fiction.
The first "Ad Astra" movie in the series was released in the beginning of 1999, and since then, "Ad Astra" movies have been released every other year. This has become somewhat of a tradition now. Each movie is equally as amazing as the last, and there is something for everyone in each of the series. That said, if you are interested in watching one of the other "Ad Astra" movies, you should check your local cable or satellite TV listings.
With the first movie in the series, the series expands on the genre that the first movie started in, and it does so in such a way that it could very well be classified as a spin-off. The main character of the story is Amanda Prank (played by Rachel Stevens), an astronomer who works for a research institute. Since she lives in New York City, the series focuses more on the astronomy in New York City, but she still manages to get involved in an international plot to build a giant telescope.
Amanda herself is someone who is not exactly keen on astronomy, as she found it too tedious and boring at first. But upon her arrival to a conference in Paris to attend the unveiling of the new observatory, she finds that her coworkers at the research institute, namely Isabelle Mathieu, are very welcoming and thoughtful to the idea of Amanda joining their team as an astronomer.
She soon realizes that these colleagues are the ones who have put together a plan to use the money from Amanda's thesis on building the telescope that will ultimately take over her research duties. Her role is a bit complicated however, as she is now required to do more than just observe planets and stars. She also has to go out and try to capture a runaway comet in order to study its effects on the Earth.
One thing is for sure though, the "Ad Astra" series is far from being just another "superhero" movie. These movies are far from being "lightweight", but instead they offer a rather interesting science fiction-theory that intrigues and entertains audiences of all ages. For this reason, anyone who loves science fiction and movies should not hesitate to check out any of the series that will be released in the future.