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Apollo 13

by

Roger Davidson

Apollo 13
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Based on a true story, "Apollo 13" is a great movie about The 1970 Apollo accident in space that almost killed the three astronauts when their oxygen system exploded and crippled their life-support system and power. They spent four days up in space, trying to figure out how to get back. The film recreates the scenes in the small Apollo capsule with extreme suspense. The training of the three astronauts, Commander James Lovell (Tom Hanks) and civilians Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) is interesting to watch. The performances are excellent, including Hanks, who seems to be expanding his horizons a bit, after "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump". Gary Sinise of "Forrest Gump" plays the astronaut that was forced to stay behind, because NASA was afraid that he had measles. Kathleen Quinlan plays Lovell's wife, who seems to keep her head quite well in times of crisis.

Finally, there is Ed Harris who plays the head honcho at NASA, trying to guide Lovell, Swigert and Haise back to earth without killing them. The special effects are especially good in recreating the events up in space. What interested me is that nobody cared about the astronauts and their mission (since this did happen after the July 20, 1969 moon landing) until it seemed like certain death for the astronauts. But, I guess they thought of it as a real life cliffhanger. Would they get out alive or wouldn't they? That's excitement. Apollo 13 is THE must-see film of the summer.

My Rating = Four Stars


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