Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission (2012)
Best known as the father of early computer games like Ultima and Ultima Online, Richard Garriott always wanted to follow in his astronaut father's footsteps. But when eye problems made a career at NASA impossible, he turned to private space travel to make his dream come true. Man On A Mission captures everything from Garriott's training in Russia to his launch aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as life aboard the International Space Station, resplendent views of the earth from space, and a never-before-seen view from inside the capsule during the fiery re-entry to Earth. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission
Garriott's story is unique, a stranger-than-fiction tale that is unlikely to be topped. And the images from space - crisp, spectacular, haunting - make it worth the trip.
It's a bit precious in its narcissistic point of view, but still a kick to watch the hopelessly devoted astronaut wannabe fulfill his wildest dream.
Completely lacking in imagination and purpose, this vanity project might suffice as a home movie, but it's hardly worth the expense and bother of seeing it in a theater.
"Man on a Mission," the most expensive home movie ever made, is one man's genial account of his trip into outer space.
The film summons up the childlike wonder and optimism inherent in space exploration, while examining how it's opening up to self-funded travelers.
A self-made gaming mogul with a flair for theatricality buys himself a $30 million ticket to space via a Russian Soyuz craft.
A genius at making money with computer games, space tourist Garriott will recoup little from this cartoon of a space adventure.
Timid documentary tags along on a man's $30 million ride into space without probing deep enough to provoke awe, insight or emotional involvement.
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