Apollo 11 (2019)
- 1h 33m
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From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission-the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.
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Critics Consensus: Edifying and inspiring in equal measure, Apollo 11 uses artfully repurposed archival footage to send audiences soaring back to a pivotal time in American history.
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Common Sense Says
Moon-landing docu has awesome footage but may bore kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Apollo 11 is a documentary that uses historical footage to put viewers inside the NASA control room and on the rocket itself during the United States' historic mission to the moon. It offers an incredible opportunity to understand everything that went into that awe-inspiring event, from prelaunch to splashdown recovery. In particular, it makes it clear that the mission's success wasn't the noble effort of just three astronauts but rather of hundreds of thousands of NASA employees, contractors, volunteers, and more working as a vast team. Some of the film's footage has never been seen before, and it's breathtaking. But those amazing moments come toward the end of the movie, and getting there may be slow for many kids. There's no narrator; instead, the audio is from mission control, and it's often monotone and sometimes difficult to understand (imagine a pilot talking to the control tower about things like hydraulics, thermal balance, and telemetry). But other than a few glimpses of people smoking and one spectator chugging a beer, there's no iffy content. Ultimately, the film feels like something that runs on a loop in a science museum: You stop for a moment, take in a few minutes, then move on.
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- Genre:Documentary, Drama
- Release Date:March 1, 2019
- Audio Format:5.1
If purchased in:4K
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