Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – On the day before the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, an engineer tries to stop the launch due to fears of an impending disaster.
My Take on it – As a fan of the US space program, I was quite intrigued to see what this film was all about since I’m very familiar with the Challenger disaster that occurred 33 years ago.
Unfortunately, this film just isn’t as powerful as it probably could have been and that takes away so much from the impact that it can have.
Since we know the ending already, the story loses much of it’s “bang” because we know what will eventually happen.
The fact that in order to avoid litigation, the names of the characters and companies have been altered and that also takes away from making this story feel real.
This film has a very small production cost and that both helps and hinders things along the way.
It helps since most of the cast are completely unknown actors and that allows us to believe that these are real people and not just actors.
Unfortunately tho, it hinders things even more since it feels and looks too much like a film make with a shoestring budget and that constantly takes the viewer out of focus on the story.
The film book-ends the story with a lot of lawyers and litigation jargon which adds a bit to the plausibility of things even though those scenes feel much too rushed and short to accomplish even more.
Bottom Line – Not as powerful as one would hope for. The fact that this is a small production both helps and hinders the story since too much of it looks and feels low budget and takes the viewer out of the reality of things. On the other hand, the lack of a bigger budget helps make things feel down to Earth especially since the main characters are played by completely unknown actors. The story is book-ended by a potential court case and that adds to the plausibility of things despite the fact that those scenes are too brief and seem rushed.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It is stated that some of the safety procedures were engaged shortly after the explosion. Among them, astronaut Ron McNair flipped a switch to engage the emergency oxygen for the astronaut seated in front of him. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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