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Apollo 13 Reviews

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November 23, 2016
This movie portrays great examples of leadership, problem-solving and teamwork - all the things required to get the astronauts of Apollo 13 home safely. A superb movie that I always enjoy seeing time and time again.
½ November 21, 2016
Almost as soon as it gets lift off, "Apollo 13" never stops being a tense and entertaining true story pic with special effects that still hold up.
October 6, 2016
Truly a masterful work, with amazing actors and directing in making the tension and seriousness of the situation be felt.
September 24, 2016
Amazing true story. Brought together with a great cast, led by the always reliable Hanks. Huston, we have a problem, but I can't think of any with this film.
½ September 15, 2016
Based on true event. Intense and good drama. Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Gary Sinise were selected for Apollo 13 mission to land on Moon. Few weeks before launch, Gary is taken off the mission because of suspected measles. Kevin Bacon who is the backup crew was chosen to replace him. The launch was successful and on the 4th day in space when they were suppose to land, the oxygen tank coil shaken and destroy the tank, cause explosion to the chamber. Now the trio are stuck out there and ground control Ed Harris finds ways to save them back. They have to go to the escape pod for the rest of the trip to save power. Their 1st problem is oxygen running out and build up of CO2. A crew of engineers manage to solve the filter problem using what is available in the pod. Gary is been ask back to figure out how to get them to pilot back to Earth on limited power of 20 amp. After many failed attempts, Gary manage to find out how. The crew up there try and make it, landing at sea safely.
½ September 12, 2016
The tone sort of made the movie a little predictable, but it's still nicely done.
September 11, 2016
Maybe one of the best films ever.
August 28, 2016
In my opinion one of the all time great films. The perfect blend of comedy, suspense, action and drama which is made even better that it is based on a True Story. Hanks leads the cast superbly as Jim Lovell and this is one of the performances that defines his fantastic career. The score is also fantastic and really builds the suspense at key moments. The use of music during the re-entry scene is second to none.
August 27, 2016
Really good movie. Always been fascinated with space
½ August 9, 2016
I was sitting on the edge of my seat, eyes glued to the screen, as I watched this movie.
The main emotion you feel in this movie is tension. What is going to happen next? Are they going to survive? Will this work? Will that work? Are they going to survive? Despite the movie's ending already being known, as we all know what happened during the real Apollo 13 catastrophe, you can't help but fixate your attention on the movie as you wait for the next turn of events.
Sprinkled in, are moments of sadness, of heart, and, thankfully, some comedy to help alleviate it all.
Acting is phenomenal, but that is to be expected from a cast like the one chosen.
And throughout the movie, I couldn't think of any flaws.
Despite this though, I can't give this movie a 5 star rating. There is just something about the movie that didn't strike home, that didn't make me say "That was an absolutely extraordinary movie". So I guess that in itself would be a small flaw.
But overall, a fantastic movie. Expect to be sitting motionless for a few hours, as this movie captivates your attention.
And I shall, definitely, rewatch this movie again.
½ July 21, 2016
Pulse-pounding, tear-jerking, and visually astounding; Ron Howard conducts this true astronaut story with speed, humanity, and grace.
July 18, 2016
Move over, Gravity, Inception, the Martian, and any other "fact-based" space movie. Apollo 13 did it first, and Apollo13 did it better.
July 18, 2016
Was really surprised to see on here this has good ratings. I wanted to watch this as its known as abit of a classic. Was very dissapointed. It seemed to go on and on and was a very boring film I thought. Glad I watched it but wont be giving it a second viewing. Not my thing.
July 8, 2016
Ron Howard effectively portrays the gravity of the situation these astronauts faced, in combination with superb performances and the feel of a director who lived through this incredible event.
July 8, 2016
was alright. To long and never really got that exciting.
Super Reviewer
½ June 22, 2016
Based on the true events that happened during the Apollo 13 mission as written by Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell (played by Hanks), this is an amazing film. The effects are great and Ron Howard did an excellent job ensuring the film's realism in filming in a lowered gravity setting. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton as the Apollo 13 crew all give flawless performances. Despite knowing what ended up happening in the history books, the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as one thing after another goes wrong for the crew.
½ June 17, 2016
Entertaining and good acting
Super Reviewer
June 5, 2016
We all know what happens buts it's a good emotional ride that's good in places but overlong and dull in most scenes.
May 28, 2016
The story of the Apollo 13 mission is a fascinating one, and Ron Howard's take on it definitely does it justice. It's less about the mission itself, and more about the people involved in the mission and the teamwork that allowed for the crew to return home safely. That's not limited to just the actual astronauts: the NASA crew on Earth, as well as the families of the astronauts, all have a good amount of screentime, and all three of these points-of-view are well developed for the most part. The astronaut crew is obviously the most developed, and the family is probably the least developed, but the focus on the characters is admirable to say the least. Tom Hanks is as great as ever, and Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, and Ed Harris all do well alongside him. It's not just a character-driven movie though: seeing as the film deals with space travel, it comes with visual spectacle that is absolutely stunning. The 140 minute runtime can drag at times, but overall, Apollo 13 is a truly inspiring film, and a worthwhile watch.
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