Based on the true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. 'Houston, we have a problem.' Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis in 1970, events recreated in this epic historical drama from Ron Howard. Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14, but are moved up to 13. It';s 1970, and America have already achieved their lunar landing goal, so there';s little interest in this 'routine' flight.. until that is, things go very wrong, and prospects of a safe return fade.
Tom Hanks perfectly embodies white bread goodness as mission leader Jim Lovell and, while we may all know the ending, it's a tribute to Howard's no-frills, focused direction that the story remains undeniably gripping.