Starring: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris
NASA had launched an Apollo Space Programme where multiple missions would be sent on the moon. Apollo 13 was the third Apollo mission intended to land on the moon. Jim Lovell (Hanks) was appointed flight commander along with Ken Mattingly (Sinise) as Command Module Pilot and Fred W. Haise (Paxton) as Lunar Module Pilot. Ken Mattingly was feared to have contracted measles and was dropped off the list just a week before take-off. His replacement, Jack Swigert (Bacon) was appointed just 3 days before take-off. The mission turned out to be a catastrophe when the oxygen tank leaked en route to the moon and had to be turned back towards Earth. The movie is very typically American which glorifies American achievements and heroism's and is highly patriotic. Good performances by Tom Hanks and Ed Harris go in favour of the movie, but the lack of any excitement makes this movie a drag to watch. Predictable climaxes and anti-climaxes don't go very far in helping either. A decent entertainer but nothing much beyond that.
Thumbs up: Good performances
Thumbs down: Un-exciting and lacks the entertainment factor