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#13 Apollo 13 1995

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.

Ron Howard

William Broyles Jr. & Al Reinart

Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon

Based on the true story of the 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission. Astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon), are on-board as an explosion hinders their oxygen supply and their electrical power. Back on the ground at NASA, flight director Gene Kranz (Ed Harris), as well as Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise), who was supposed to be on-board the mission but had to be replaced by Swigert due to a case of measles, work as hard as they can to bring the crew back home safely.

Apollo 13 is one my favourite Ron Howard movies. Always being up to watch a real historical drama, I went in with high hopes. I came out more than satisfied; I was thrilled and moved by a great movie. This is without a doubt one of Howard's greatest movies. The honesty and balance between the crew in space, NASA headquarters, and their families back home made for an excellent pace and variety. I never felt too overwhelmed or exhausted because Howard makes sure that we get a little of everything in good increments.

Is there anything that Tom Hanks can't pull off? He was once again believable and authentic in a challenging role. His co-stars, Paxton and Bacon, more than held their own with Hanks. Their chemistry was evident throughout, making for a likeable and relatable group of all working together towards a single goal. Back down on Earth, Ed Harris and his team work relentlessly on a plan to bring the men home. I'm not sure what it is about Harris, but he always gives me a sense of reassurance and guidance when I watch him in this movie.

Having recently grown a real fascination with space exploration, I was looking for movies that would satisfy my interests. I remembered watching Apollo 13 a while back, but at the time I didn't have any deep interest in space, nor did I truly understand the actual story. After doing research on the actual mission, and then revisiting the movie, I was thoroughly enjoyed.

Being based on true events, the heightened realism and human drama makes for a spectacular ride.