Rate Marooned (1969)


A decent attempt, they tried to make it as realistic as possible, the effects (which won an Oscar) pale in comparison to the prior year's 2001. It's night and day. Some of them are really bad but the overall attempt at a rescue mission is decent. It has a good solid cast but I think Gene Hackman would have been better suited for the commander, he seems wrong for the panicky Buzz. I wonder how NASA felt about this film and having a Russian cosmonaut help during the rescue. The actor who plays Stone was the best of the three, gave a very strong performance. There is a very odd moment when they realize they don't have enough oxygen to last and the commander inexplicably decides to open the hatch and repair the ship. It doesn't make sense. I mean they are trying to conserve it and opens the hatch, even though they had talked about why not to do the repair in the first place. But otherwise it's a good attempt. 61/10

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The pacing of this movie was really strange. There were scenes that just suddenly appeared as if a transition was completely edited out. Suddenly the Gregory Peck character is speeding down the highway with nothing about his origin or destination. And then, the police are pulling him over for a ticket and the U.S. President knows to find him on the police radio. Suddenly, astronauts are doing space walks having moments earlier been strapped into their spacecraft. Suddenly, the movie just ends without any culminating scene to show the heroes safely back on Earth. So many scenes were just abrupt and the director apparently figured the viewer would just assume what happened in the interim.

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