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Top Customer Reviews
The plot revolves around a crisis in space that is triggered when a Russian satellite malfunctions and is due to collide with Earth in densely populated areas, unless someone can repair it in space. The problem is that the technology on the satellite is obsolete and no one knows how to tackle it except the inventor of that technology, retired Air Force pilot Frank Corvin, played by Clint Eastwood.
Corvin agrees to do so, but only on condition that he and his top gun crew of forty odd years ago go into space to do it themselves. Having been kicked out of the space program in 1958, he wants an opportunity for them to do what they had come so close to doing in the past. NASA agrees, but only if this now geriatric quartet can pass the physical. Their preparation for their big moment provides some laughs, as they ultimately prove themselves the physical equal of their younger counterparts and exceed them in experience and wisdom.
Permission for them to go into space is reluctantly granted, but much to their consternation, they ultimately realize they have been sold a bill of goods. Not only has NASA not been dealing in good faith with them, but they eventually discover that a much more serious problem than a satellite malfunction exists. Unfortunately, they do not discover it until they are out in space.
What happen in space will keep the viewer glued to his or her seat. There is action, pathos, tension, and heroics. It is a film that says that one is never too old for adventure.
If you want to watch a movie that will make ya smile alot, go rent this one.
Cut to today and there is some cockamamy reason why these guys have to go up in the Shuttle to fix a Russian satellite. Great fun is made of their age in training and this first half of the film hooked me.
It lets down somewhat in the space segment of the back half of the film, but Clint Eastwood is not a director to waste time and he moves quickly through the plot points and dilemmas, so I didn't lose interest.
I was somewhat disappointed with how low-key and detached he handled Tommy Lee Jones' situation in space, but he redeemed all of that with the closing shot. "Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars..."
It's just entertainment, and it was a lot of fun with some old pros. 3-1/2 to 4 stars depending on your mood.
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A movie with a lot of good actors with age!!! Unfortunately the ending is not what I would have liked but understand why it was made this way!!Published 8 days ago by Leo Fazzi Jr.
Love this movie! Tommy Lee Jones stole the show! Clint was also very funny. Donald Sutherland and James Gardner rounded out a very perfect and funny cast of characters.Published 10 days ago by Diana R. Dixon
Excellent movie if you like "old hero" movies. Humorous with some intense moments. Arrived quickly.Published 1 month ago by Denene Merrill
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