Well golly gee, this film made me smile inside.
It's quite a simple story, that of a coal miners' son building rockets and dreaming of outer space, dying to escape the cycle. (the cycle of working in a coal mine, Duh)
Also it's 2019 and coal is still fuckin dumb. (this movie agrees)
Jake Gyllenhaal gives an incredibly good performance, especially for being a senior in high school at the time of shooting. Laura Dern is also quite great, and Chris Cooper is the perfect disapproving father figure. (see also American Beauty)
Anyway, I'd never even heard of this, but turns out pretty much everyone else has.
Please do not confuse this movie with Vanilla Sky, there is no Tom Cruise included with price of admission.