Apollo Missions to the Moon Movie Review

This moon landing film defies expectation. Instead of using traditional cinematic techniques – such as an emotional score or smooth-voiced narration – to stir emotion, drama and significance within its viewers, this documentary uses nothing but archive footage as its centerpiece to generate such reactions.

Imagine yourself immersed in Armstrong and Aldrin’s experience aboard the Lunar Module as well as at Mission Control alongside engineers responsible for one of humankind’s greatest feats!

The Story

Few events in modern history are as iconic as the moon landings. Images such as Neil Armstrong planting an American flag on the lunar surface and Buzz Aldrin peering through his helmet have come to symbolize hope for humanity’s future. Yet most people remain unaware of the immense national effort behind such achievements: over one million managers, engineers, scientists, technicians and other professionals worked for years on developing technologies needed to meet President Kennedy’s goal of landing men on the Moon.

This documentary brings the Apollo missions alive through restored archiveal footage and animations, from launch through landing. Every moment is captured as we experience every thrilling step along their path – but at great cost; NASA experienced significant budget reductions once their first three lunar missions had concluded.

The movie also explores the politics surrounding this mission, and explores all of the ways that astronauts and their families were supported by society as a whole. Johansson’s character shows that Apollo astronauts would often call family members from space – something impossible without NASA’s public relations team!

As well as archival footage, the documentary also includes eye-opening interviews with Apollo astronauts themselves. They recount personal sacrifices they had to make in order to complete such a massive undertaking; discussing both physical and psychological strain associated with being the first humans ever to land on a foreign planet.

The final scenes are especially emotional, as we witness astronauts in the Eagle lunar module dissociate from Columbia before taking their first steps onto the lunar surface – something 650 million viewers worldwide witnessed live! After taking these incredible steps on Mars, they then reconnected Eagle to Columbia before heading home again.

At its core, this film provides an intriguing and highly rewatchable account of America’s first steps onto the moon. While other space movies may be overly dramatic or filled with pseudoscience, this documentary offers a respectful yet honest account of events which profoundly altered our world.

The Visuals

When thinking of the moon landing, certain iconic images come to mind: astronauts blasting off into space aboard their lunar module, their descent and landing on its surface and Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on its surface. What may not come immediately to mind are all those behind-the-scenes contributors whose hard work made those moments possible, a subject Apollo: Missions to the Moon wishes to examine in great depth.

Tom Jennings (Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes and Diana: In Her Own Words), an accomplished filmmaker known for his documentaries like Challenger Disaster and Diana In Her Own Words, employs NASA archival footage to craft an engaging experience that spans all 12 crewed Apollo missions without resorting to narration – creating an unforgettable viewing experience that captures both historical moments as well as human ones from these missions that pushed NASA against Soviet rivalry on its journey toward lunar exploration.

Documenting Apollo 13, this documentary highlights everything from its early days through to Apollo 13’s dramatic moments – particularly those on Apollo 13, where its crew had to overcome enormous odds to return safely home alive. Only minutes after liftoff, for instance, they felt their spacecraft shake and it turned out to be an early warning of things to come; but luckily they managed to reestablish communication with Mission Control and come home safely.

Apollo: Missions to the Moon also highlights all of those involved in making each mission happen, both men and one woman alike. While some key people (like Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae from Hidden Figures) don’t get nearly enough screen time in Apollo: Missions to the Moon it serves as a timely reminder of all that goes into sending man into space.

This result is a captivating, impressive, and often emotionally moving account of modern history’s most important space program – one which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into outer space with breathtaking feats of engineering as its backbone. A must-watch for anyone interested in space exploration and engineering marvels!

The Soundtrack

While other movies about the moon landing focus solely on its astronauts, this documentary takes a different approach by emphasizing all those involved in making it possible. It shows what an immense team effort it was to place a man on the Moon, and just how difficult and risky it was to do so. This movie provides children with an excellent example of teamwork helping achieve goals they may seem unachievable.

Although the film doesn’t feature any stirring music or silky-voiced narration, it does capture the excitement and sense of adventure prevalent during the 1960s. The footage brings back feelings of purpose, urgency, fear, bravery and commitment while also showing the challenges overcome and pride felt by everyone involved in accomplishing such an immense undertaking.

Todd Douglas Miller expertly blends old and new footage to create an HD time machine, transporting viewers back 50 years. From large crowds on beaches waiting for launches to men in hardhats building rockets and spectators watching from cars in a department store parking lot – these images create an impressive glimpse into an America that was both strange and familiar at once.

At its heart, this film is an inspiring testament to what can be accomplished when people work together as one nation. Not only is it a reminder of all we’ve achieved so far with science and technology, but also highlights all that lies ahead for mankind. Be sure to see it on the big screen if possible or rent or purchase digitally if possible!

The End

In the 1960s, humanity made many strides forward – perhaps none greater than our first step onto the Moon 50 years ago on July 20. That momentous achievement marked years of hard work from numerous people designing technologies to meet one of humanity’s most difficult goals.

This documentary, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2019, serves as an incredible reminder of that time and the incredible accomplishments achieved by NASA’s Apollo program. Employing TV footage, radio broadcasts, home movies, and never-before-heard Mission Control audio files from that era to tell its tale – Project Apollo comprised 12 manned missions with one ultimate goal in mind – but ultimately failed due to technical complications.

Todd Douglas Miller’s film feels like an immersive high-definition time machine, taking viewers back to the Apollo missions with each remastering of old and new footage making viewers feel as if they are taking part in suiting up with astronauts, viewing views from LM, watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take those iconic first steps onto lunar surface. Color, hairstyles, 5-cent coffee prices and promotional RCA paper caps come alive on screen!

The film also explores some of the conspiracy theories surrounding Apollo missions, such as claims that everything was an elaborate hoax. Director Kevin Akerman showed great care in getting NASA involved with training actors portraying astronauts and flight controllers; also getting permission to use reduced-gravity aircrafts for filming scenes in space; conveying excitement, adventure, purpose urgency fear that were all present during that era of history is impressive.

Though most Apollo astronauts returned safely, some met unfortunate ends. In this made-for-TV movie, four astronauts are killed through various means ranging from mysterious illness to spaceship crashes; unfortunately, however, the ending of this movie leaves something to be desired after such a compelling build-up but nonetheless provides an interesting look into humanity’s first steps on the Moon.

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