Release Year: 1995
Director: Ron Howard
Writers: William Broyles, Jr. (screenplay), Al Reinert (screenplay), Jim Lovell (book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13), Jeffrey Kluger (book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kavin Bacon, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Mary Kate Schelhardt, Emily Ann Lloyd, Miko Hughes, Max Elliott Slade, Jean Speagle Howell, Tracy Reiner
Rating: Won 2 Oscars: Best Sound, Best Editing. Nominated for 7 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Music. Nominated for 4 Golden Globes: Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Quinlan), Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris).
On their way to the moon, the crew of the Apollo 13 has a problem that will force them and NASA to use all their skills to get the astronauts safely back to earth.
Apollo 13 is Ron Howard’s personal favourite out of his own films and with good reason. The nailbiting and intense story of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. The story of what happened is fairly well-known, especially to those with an interest in the space race, but Howard (Willow, 1988) manages to make the story exciting nonetheless. This is partly done by shifting the focus slightly away from the mission itself, and making it as much about a man who comes incredibly close to his dream only to see it slip by. Hanks (Captain Philips, 2013) is, as always, great as mission leader Jim Lovell, radiating a warmth and calm that makes him equally believable as a leader who stays clear-headed in a crisis and as a family man. He is surrounded by an excellent cast, most notably a remarkable Quinlan (The Hills Have Eyes, 2006) as Lovell’s wife, as well as his co-astronauts Paxton (Tombstone, 1993) and Bacon (X-Men: First Class, 2011). On the ground, Harris (Gone Baby Gone, 2007) gives a great performance as the flight director steering the mission control in Houston through any problems that arise. Apollo 13 is only made more remarkable by the fact that it portrays a real event, with such historical accuracy that it is hard to tell movie footage from archive footage. A thrilling piece of NASA history and an allround great film. On of the best of both Hanks and Howard, and certainly the best the two of them has done together. Highly recommended.
Brad Pitt was offered a starring role in the film but chose instead to star in David Fincher’s Se7en (1995).
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