Posted on 7/10/12 04:41 PM
Ron Howard perfectly captures the mood of the time, and even echoes the concerns of today in 'what makes news.' With excellent performances by Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon, and ably assisted by Gary Sinise and a strong Mission Control ensemble, Apollo 13 is remarkable in the way it takes you from the earth, and brings you back home again.
It's a great chapter in the conquest of space, and gives you a deep admiration for the people that worked on these Moon missions, and what a unifying factor they were for a country divided. It's also one of Howard's best efforts in creating tension. You know they're going to get back all right, but the obstacles keep coming, and you really feel the relief when they're safe. An excellent job.
Interesting to note all the actual weightless footage used, courtesy of the training aircraft, and the meticulous detail put into the film. Strange to think how advanced the technology was considered for the time, and how far we've come since then.