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Drama - Historic

First Man (2018)

Elevator Pitch

The life of Neil Armstrong between 1961 and 1969 when he made it to the moon is presented sequentially, including a flight in the X15 and with others his flights of the Gemini space missions in preparation for the big event. He suffers a family tragedy and the loss of some of his fellow astronauts during the time of the development of the Apollo programme.


We participate in the various aircraft and space flights mostly from the inside of the craft which, if you suffer from any form of motion sickness based on visual stimulae, will give you trouble. Armstrong has problems relating to his family and as time passes becomes more isolated. We see the tragic fire resulting in the deaths of the three participating astronauts and finally experience the flight to the moon. No sex or nudity but quite a bit of drinking.

A View The Apollo II flight when it comes is stunning. When they finally land on the Lunar surface I found that my mouth was dry due to the tension. But to avoid overshadowing it, most of the rest of the two hours is a bit slow except for some moments of terror. It was worth it for me because I have always been a fan of the technology, but just a bit niche for a general audience I would have thought.
Duration 2h 20m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. Hansen, itself based on real events.
Director Damien Chazelle
Writers/Script Josh Singer
Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Cory Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Lukas Haas
Additional Info The landing of the spacecraft on the moon was the source, as far as I know, of the first computer game which required the player to land the ship before running out of fuel. It predated the use of VDUs so the progress of it was by print-out.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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