Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
Directed by David Fairhead
At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future.
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★★★★ review by Matthew on Letterboxd
Celebrating one year on Letterboxd with this film, which I rented a while back!
This is a fascinating and expansive look into the early days of NASA and the milestone Apollo missions amongst many other things.
This film utilises newly conducted interviews interwoven with archival footage and it works a treat! It's absolutely mind blowing and eye opening to see the staff involved throughout these missions offering up their own personal and frank accounts of what happened behind the scenes.
This is definitely the first of many documentaries I'll be watching this year and what an incredible film to start that trend off! If you have a spare couple of pounds I'd strongly recommend you rent this on Amazon.
★★★★½ review by Jakob Hirsch on Letterboxd
A really interesting and insightful documentary.
The Apollo missions are some of mankind's crowing technical achievements, and while we remember and respect the astronauts who risked their lives in the name of exploration, we must not forget the men behind the scenes, the men who spent days and nights at mission control, working excruciatingly long hours to make sure our men returned to earth safely.
This film is filled with interviews and footage from the days of Apollo, and some of the stories here are great and inspiring, most notably the tales of the Apollo 1 training disaster. Very similar to "Failure is not an Option"
★★★½ review by Dan Heaton on Letterboxd
I love stories of behind-the-scenes figures from the Apollo program, so this documentary is right up my alley. It helps that this film includes contributions from some of the most important guys from that time, especially Chris Kraft and Gene Krantz. The mix of interviews, archival footage, and recreations combines really nicely. There's a nice flow to this story, which gives an overview of key moments like Apollo 11 and Apollo 13.
I would have loved to learn even more about the inner workings of Mission Control. However, I know that a 90-minute film can only tackle so much and remain an engaging watch. This is a great primer, especially for viewers that aren't as familiar with Apollo and the guys on the ground that made it all happen.
★★★★ review by bigtruck1369 on Letterboxd
As someone with only a mild interest in spac exploration, this provided a great look at the history of the American space program. I enjoyed the extensive use of actual footage from the events that were covered, and even appreciated the few CGI shots that were used to illustrate things that wouldn’t have been captured by other cameras at the time. I found the footage and stills of the aftermath of the Apollo 1 fire to be especially stirring as I had not seen these before.
Most importantly, I really enjoyed hearing from the Controllers themselves, real people who are portrayed in movies for doing something incredible!
I sat down last night to watch a little bit of it before going to bed and ended up watching the entire thing.
★★★★★ review by kharto on Letterboxd
Once again, every employee at NASA is a person to be feared, however they only use their extraordinary powers on cool ballpoint pens and erector sets.
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