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Apollo 11

A cinematic event 50 years in the making.

The word 'awesome' gets reflexively thrown around so much that it’s become devoid of meaning. Strictly speaking, very few things really inspire a sense of slack-jawed wonder – even fewer that are 50 years old. But the NASA mission at the heart of the must-see documentary Apollo 11 reminds you what it feels to be truly awestruck.

Poster for the moon-landing documentary Apollo 11Assembled from a newly discovered archive of 65mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Douglas Miller’s film looks so crisp and pristine, it feels like it was shot yesterday.

Apollo 11, the mission that sent Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon (with Michael Collins lonesomely orbiting like a getaway driver), was a miracle of human endeavour and ingenuity from its fiery, booster-igniting takeoff to its ultimate splashdown. And the film chronicles each stage of the weeklong mission like a tick-tock procedural where everything could go wrong – but somehow didn’t. Apollo 11 – and Apollo 11 – is an inspiring, magical, and transcendent testament to human know-how, ambition, and achievement of the seemingly impossible. It’s, in a word, awesome.

– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

 

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