Franz Patrick's Movie Review of In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

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In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

Deeply Involving
Franz Patrick - wrote on 04/12/08

I was deeply touched by this movie because even though I wasn't alive back when it all happened, this film made me feel like I was right there. It also made me wish that I lived in the 60's because everything was happening: the war, the fight for the rights of all kinds of minorities, the commencement of the rise of technology... And this film is also special because I've NEVER seen a footage of mankind's landing on the moon prior to watching this gem even though YouTube is available to everyone. I've heard rumors that the moon landing didn't really exist so I guess, in a way, I unconsciously chose not to see any of it due to the fear of me believing such rumors. But this film completely convinced me that it did happen, not so much because of the footages, but the way the astronauts talked about their experiences. There was passion in their eyes, and by just talking about their experiences, I felt them reliving those special moments. I also learned something I've never heard of before: the fact that a speech was prepared just in case the mission failed. It found wrong but... darkly comic. I truly, truly enjoyed the last ten minutes of the film because it was so positive about this idea of universality, not just regarding outer space, but among different cultures. The astronauts are so appreciative of the Earth because they've seen how insignificant we really are and how fragile our planet is. I only wish more people are like them. This film made me want to go to the moon and enhance my perspective and spirituality.

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