Here’s my 5th review for the great Genre chosen by Tom for this month’s Genre Grandeur – Space.
Here’s what I thought about Apollo 13 (1995)
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1995, DVD, 4 Feb 2002, 15 Nov 2013 and 29 Sep 2014)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of the only US accident in space when three astronauts got stranded on their way to the moon when their spacecraft is damaged.
My Take on it – This movie by Ron Howard was definitely a spectacle to watch on the big screen.
I had known the basics of the aborted Apollo 13 mission beforehand, but this movie gives such an elaborately detailed account of the story that it brought the story up to a level where just about everyone is now familiar with the mishap in space.
This movie has a great ensemble cast led by Tom Hanks and Ed Harris.
It also features Gary Sinese, Kevin Bacon, Kathleen Quinlan, Bill Paxton in important roles.
The situation that these men were in was a desperate one and this movie manages to shows how they and those on the ground dealt with it in both an inspirational and a patriotic fashion.
Even 19 years later I’m still shocked that the American Patriotism that seeps from every inch of this film wasn’t able to propel it past Braveheart (1995) for the Best Picture Winner that year at the Oscars.
Bottom Line – Great inspirational and patriotic movie that gives the viewer feelings of hope and faith amidst despair and uncertainty. Amazing cast led by Tom Hanks and Ed Harris! Was one of the biggest surprise loses in Oscar history. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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