Ron Howard's "Apollo 13" is a showcase of polished, professional filmmaking. From its story and casting, to its score and construction, the drama is potent, crowd-pleasing stuff.
Recounting the story of the famously failed lunar mission that endangered the lives of three astronauts, "Apollo 13" focuses on the technological and human-driven tension at play in the history-based narrative. Organically gripping, the film focuses, equally, on the faces of the near-tragedy and the story's space-set nuts and bolts.
Howard assembles the work in manner that orchestrates both maximum tautness and down-to-Earth humanity. His cast, featuring Tom Hanks as the film's centerpiece, is ideally placed; and the work flows with era-illustrating richness. James Horner's memorable score punctuates the drama's emotions and adds an Americana-evoking dimension.
"Apollo 13" is a robust and moving look at inspiring moment in American history. Crafted with skill and attention to every cinematic detail, the work makes for a powerful and fully appealing experience.