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Years later, 3 years ago from now, I picked it up and put it in my VCR. What I saw was one of the most beautiful, wonderful stories ever to capture an idea that space is beyond magic - it's much more.
The story starts with 3 teenagers, a kid and an instructor, taught and teaching what it is like in outer blackness, what to expect and basically how to survive. One test is to sit in a space craft and get used to its feeling. During their exploration of the space craft, a robot named 'Jinx', a handyman for N.A.S.A, who is great friends with 'Max', the young child on part of the Space Camp team, pushes the button to launch the space craft in to space, as a wish of 'Max'.
And so they are launched. The craft was only ready with 2 oxygen tanks; no where near enough to last them the flight back in to the Earth's atmosphere. Upon entering space, they must work as a team, which proved difficult during Space Camp, collect tanks of Oxygen from the space centre in the black yonder and make it back to Earth alive.
This is their one chance of working together as a team, and ultimetly, surviving.
At one point, 'Max' goes to help Andy, the instructor, who has been knocked out by an oxygen tank that flies towards her, and himself, starts to drift out in to the depths of Space. The visuals are extra-ordinary, and there is immense intense during viewing.
When the credits roll, you've just seen an epic, and you'll never be able to stop talking about it.
I remember the first time I saw this movie. It was early 1987 and we had made our weekly trip to the video store to pick up some tapes to watch that week and I stumbled across this gem. It was just over a year since the Challenger Disaster had happened and there was a lot of speculation at the time that NASA wouldn't survive the fallout from the catastrophe, so I think the idea of a lighthearted family film about a Space Shuttle malfunction might not have been the best idea in hindsight, but regardless, I read the description on the back of the VHS and I was compelled to rent it. The movie was great. I watched it several more times that week before we had to return it. Although there were many inaccuracies in the film and a lot of stuff that would NEVER have happened at the real Space Camp, I was still very entertained and thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Many years would pass before I would see it again. In fact, I think about 25 to be exact. I just happened across the movie on HDNet Movies one night and decided to DVR it.Read more ›
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