Apollo 11

Apollo 11

Todd Douglas Miller (2019)

92min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, this documentary presents mankind's historic undertaking as it's never been seen or heard before. Director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) takes a few cues from Theo Kamecke's earlier film Moonwalk One (1970), but rather than relying on stodgy narration, he draws on carefully sourced audio to allow the viewer to experience the mission as it unfolds. The newscasts of Walter Cronkite imbue the astronauts' journey with a mythic quality, but there are more intimate moments, too, such as the excited chatter of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they orbit the dark side of Moon, shielded from the Earth's ears. The outcome may never be in doubt, but sweaty palms are guaranteed as each hurdle is negotiated, from blast-off through to re-entry and splashdown. The period split-screen visuals are used to good effect early on, but might have been extended to the lunar landing itself to heighten the drama. However, the newly unearthed and restored film footage is still sure to impress even seasoned space-race cadets. The sight of the colossal launch-pad transporter inching its way into position, a Saturn V rocket burning through azure skies, and Armstrong and Aldrin exploring the desolate lunar surface are all awe-inspiring and humbling to behold. The achievements of July 1969 may be familiar to one and all, but they have never been presented with such clarity or looked so epic.

Cast & Crew

Neil Armstrong Neil Armstrong (1)
Buzz Aldrin Buzz Aldrin
Michael Collins Michael Collins (1)
Director Todd Douglas Miller

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: DogwoofReleased on: 28 Jun 2019