Synopsis: NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.-IMDB
Tagline: Houston, we have a problem.
Release Date: 1995-6-30 | MPAA Rating: PG | Coolthulhus Earned: 5
Trailer: Apollo 13
Apollo 13 Review
This movie came out in 1995. I remember loving it the first time I watched it, and when I watched it again just recently, I was shocked to find I still loved it. I’m not someone who enjoys dramas, in general, but the combination of Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and Gary Sinese (not to mention the other supporting case) is a wonderful thing. Together these guys put forth a performance that you can completely believe.
From the minute Paxton tosses cookies shortly after they’re launched, you know that everything is going to go straight to hell. It doesn’t take long to discover that you are absolutely right. At one point, I turned to my partner and exclaimed “Jesus! Everything that could go wrong did!”
One piece of trivia that intrigued me was that in The Martian, they send the message that the maths guy is a “steely-eyed missile man”. I had no clue where it came from. Didn’t know if it was referencing a song or what. In Apollo 13, they also use the phrase. Apparently its one of the highest compliments you can give at NASA.
In retrospect, its not surprising that I like this movie as much as I do. Much like The Martian, which goes down as one of my favorite books ever (even if I stink-eye the movie), what saves the day in Apoll0 13 is science. The fact that this actually happened? (At least, mostly happened. I’m not sure what was dramatized. ) That just makes it even better. The Martian was what could happen. Apoll0 13 is what did happen.
I can’t complain about a single thing. This movie is perfect. Rent or Buy Apollo 13 on Amazon.