Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review: Apollo 13

Director: Ron Howard

Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris

Year: 1995

Genre: Drama

Rated: PG

Length: 140 min.

IMDB Summary: True story of the moon-bound mission that developed severe trouble and the men that rescued it with skill and dedication.

Based on a real-life disaster-turned-triumph, the critically-acclaimed Apollo 13 brings stellar acting, directing and editing to the big screen. Hanks is great in the lead role, adding emotional intensity to otherwise technical scenes. I was impressed with the raising of the stakes throughout the movie, wonderfully captured by the camera's cutting back and forth between the Houston mission control center and the Apollo 13 rocket. The emotional intensity of this film was great and kept the story moving forward. Whether or not you enjoy space-related films, I recommend Apollo 13 for the sense of motion and intensity that its fine acting, directing and editing create.

For Parents:
Language and emotional intensity, especially when the men are trapped and freezing in the rocket with little food and little hope for survival

My Rating:
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