Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Sep 2000 (theater) and 13 Mar 2014)
Brief Synopsis – 4 former test pilots are recruited to go into space to fix a faulty satellite that only they can do.
My Take on it – This is probably one of Eastwood’s weakest movies as a director which is very unfortunately because the cast is stellar here.
Eastwood, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones, James Cromwell and Marcia Gay Harden are all very good actors and with a better and tighter script they possibly could have pulled this one off, but even the best actors can’t always overcome a weak script.
The plot here just isn’t very good and it seems like the premise was just trying to piggyback on the fact that John Glenn had recently returned to space as a geriatric astronaut.
Jones, who is the youngest of the 4 stars (by 11 years to Sutherland who is 5 and 7 years younger than Eastwood and Garner) was actually successful making me believe that they were all from the same generation despite the age differences.
The characters are fun to see and there are a few humorous lines, but unfortunately there just isn’t enough here to warrant this being a more than mediocre film.
Bottom Line – Mediocre Eastwood directed film. The problem is the script is quite weak eventhough they have great actors who unfortunately can’t overcome the flaws in the writing.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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