Tom Hanks was just coming off his second Oscar winning performance as Forrest Gump. I heard that Jim Lovell was not interested in Hanks until watching his first Oscar performance in Philadelphia. Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris have all proven themselves in brilliant roles as well.
From the first strains of the soundtrack I knew I had to have through the triumphant splashdown, Apollo 13 was a blockbuster. It's hard to believe that a story you know so well could hold any suspense, but I was on the edge of my seat throughout.
I would love to see the IMAX version on the jumbo screen. IMAX movies by their sheer size and sound quality can really draw you in. However, watching it on my TV does nothing for me, especially since many scenes have been edited.
The theatrical released film is as good as ever, though. I went through the same emotional roller coaster I had when I first saw the film. It hits me on multiple levels, experiencing the film and remembering the real thing.
As you can read, I loved the movie, and I love this special edition DVD release. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of space exploration, or if you just love a good story.
- Jim Lovell tells his family he has been bumped up to Apollo 13.
- Jim Lovell says to his crew, "We just lost the moon."
- Jim's son, Jeffrey asks, "Was it the door?"
- Marilyn Lovells says about the media, who just days before had no interest in her husband's mission, "Those people don't put one piece of equipment on my lawn. If they have a problem with that, they can take it up with my husband. He'll be home on Friday."
- Jim's mother comforting his daughter, "If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it."