It was 1970 and America was already tired of lunar missions. Our interest was piqued with Apollo 11 but Apollo 13 couldn't even get airtime on TV for the launch. There had already been problems with the initial crew. The measles had been going around and one of the crew had them. Astronaut Jim Lovell's (Tom Hanks) crew would fly Apollo 13 since they were scheduled for 14. Astronaut Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinese) had never had the measles but they weren't going to take any chances and he was scrubbed. The new crew would be Lovell, Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon).
The launch went somewhat uneventful. It was when the Saturn Booster cuts off early that Lovell becomes worried but Houston blows it off. It was when the crew was docking with the Aquarius the lunar module for the mission that an oxygen tank explodes. Lovell would reply "Houston we have a problem" and the world would take notice. The planet wasn't made aware of any problems for awhile but when the news came out the world seemed to stop and pay attention.
Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) was the man that was going to make this mission work. He was in charge and he was able to put everyone on task.
NASA Director (Joe Spano) would be the liaison officer between NASA and the world. It was Marilyn Lovell (Kathleen Quinlan) who as the wife of Jim Lovell would keep the home fires burning,
The men of Apollo 13 would endure the freezing numbing cold of space. They would endure the build up of carbon dioxide that would almost kill them. They would worry whether they would ever see home again. The world would stop in order to catch any kind of news given to us. I know I was a young man living in Tampa, Florida and watched the launch from my front yard.
This incredible true story gives the feeling that you are in the command capsule or the LEM or in Mission Control and it was brought to you by Director Ron Howard. This movie gave many of us a look back to those days of long ago when one of our spacecraft wandered aimlessly in space and we didn't know if they could ever make it back. We as a planet prayed for their return. We as Floridians felt that one of our own was at risk. You see because Cape Canaveral is in Florida we call it ours. I want you to watch this movie because we need to continue our goals and dreams of venturing into space. We need to continue what President John F. Kennedy started back in the 1960's . We must keep up and continue to explore and watching this movie will help you feel that dream.