I'm not usually fond of survival stories (fact-based or otherwise), but I found this one extraordinarily riveting. While he does overplay some scenes, Howard gives the film an immersive quality, making you really feel the danger, despair AND triumph. While the technical jargon can be confusing, the script does justice to both the scientific and human aspects of the story. Think "The Martian," but with more heart.
This movie has exactly three specific qualities going for it in particular. For one, it's technically well put-together, with a great eye for shot composition, and a helpful sense of visual dynamism. Two, it's able to keep the conflict ball rolling once the characters have gotten out into space. And three, the attention it pays to the details of the Apollo mission. Otherwise, it's emotional, but pretty simple.
A nice ride led by Tom Hanks in a solid performance, supported by a decent Ed Harris and a good film editing. It isn't that thrilling nor compelling. It lacks on 'suspense' but it is definitely a good work (not his best) from Ron Howard. "Houston we've a problem"
My favorite Ron Howard film, and one that reminds of me my childhood when I first started to truly fall in love with movies. It might be a product of the usual "Ron Howard style," but the confluence of an incredible story and great performances by all actors involved equals one of my favorites of the decade.
Judging by other people's comments and ratings of this film, one needs to be terribly interested in space travel in order to really feel the plot and the script and all the emotion held within them. I know the story of the Apollo 13 mission, and I still cried my eyes out with relief at the end. And the way the plot focuses not just on the astronauts, but the rest of the team behind the mission... Goddamn it, people!
It's a fairly good movie, but it didn't do much for me. Bacon is very apathetic and Hanks is in his usual role as a friendly leading man. I found it to be a very safe and sort of bland movie, it didn't have the necessary emotional charge for the kind of experience that was being portrayed.