The Astronaut`s Wifepost #2073 by Antje on December 28th, 2009 and last updated August 29, 2013
Directed by: Rand Ravich
Written by: Rand Ravich
Music by: George S. Clinton
Johnny Depp playing: Commander Spencer Armacost
Runtime: 109 min.
Release Date: August 27th, 1999
Spencer Armacost (Depp) is a NASA astronaut. While on a space-walking mission with a fellow astronaut Alex Streck, an explosion results in a communication loss for two minutes between the astronauts and Earth. After returning to their respective spouses, the two astronauts never speak about their ordeal. Not long after their return, Streck dies from a massive stroke. While still in mourning for her lost husband, his wife commits suicide by sitting in a running shower with an AC powered radio.
Spencer retires from NASA and takes an executive position in New York City. His wife Jillian (Theron) becomes pregnant with twins. She begins to notice changes in Spencer’s personality and becomes suspicious. She questions him about what happened during the time they lost contact.
Sherman Reese, a former NASA employee who had been fired after the astronauts’ return, contacts Jillian. He tells her that Spencer is not her husband. Originally, Jillian doesn’t believe Reese, but she starts to recognize similarities between his accounts and her husband’s behavior. Reese makes arrangements to meet Jillian again so that he can show her more proof, but before that happens, it is implied that Spencer kills Reese. Spencer takes possession of a satchel belonging to Reese which contains the information that can explain what’s going on. Jillian does, however, receive the information that Reese intended to pass her in the form of a video tape.
Despite the film’s earlier ambiguities, Spencer and Streck turn out to have been possessed by extraterrestrial beings. In order to keep the secret, Spencer kills Jillian’s sister, Nan, who confronts him when she sees Spencer in possession of Reese’s satchel. Jillian, suspicious of her husband’s actions, sets up a confrontation where she attempts to electrocute herself. The resulting conversation during the confrontation confirms to her that Spencer is possessed. At the end of the confrontation, Spencer is electrocuted and his true alien form (a tentacled energy being) is revealed briefly before “transmitting” itself into Jillian.
Years later, Jillian has re-married and sends her twin sons off on their first day of school. It is implied that she is now possessed and that the children were conceived after Spencer had become possessed. Her new husband is a fighter pilot, a career which Jillian intends for her sons as well.