Monday, 7mate, 7.30pm, PG (1995)
A wonderfully conceived epic from director Ron Howard, based on the amazing true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. It details the plig ht of astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon), who left for the stars on a “routine” flight that went very wrong. The monster cast – Gary Sinise and Ed Harris play pivotal roles as members of the ground control team – glues together a visually powerful spectacle of large-scale emotion. Howard gives the viewer a true sense of the size of a space mission, without getting too caught up in the details. A movie marvel.