#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In a 1950’s mining town called Coalwood, Homer Hickam is a kid with only one future in sight, to work in the local coal mine like his father. However in October 1957, everything changes when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik goes into orbit. With that event, Homer becomes inspired to learn how to build rockets. With his friends and the local nerd, Homer sets to do just that by trial and a lot of error. Unfortunately, most of the town and especially Homer’s father thinks that they are wasting their time. Only one teacher in the high school understands their efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Now the gang must learn to perfect their craft and overcome the many problems facing them as they shoot for the stars.
Plot: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
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A real piece of Americana, not for cynics!
This is a gem, a real piece of Americana for all that this implies. If you are self programed to resist “life-afirming” stories, just stay away and leave the pleasure to the rest of us who still believe. And what makes the frosting on the cake truly delectable is that it is fact based on a real rags to riches story, no need to nit-pick what details were changed to make a compact story. Chris Cooper is one of the greatest living actors, and the complex, self-conflicted, bottom-line good at the core father he portrayed could only be pulled off successfully by someone with his skill and insight. The simple minded comments, refusing to accept a father who tries to lay down the law all the while sensing that he may possibly be off-track, expose the limitation of the commentator, not the writers or the acting. This is not for the cynical, or the simple minded.
Surprisingly refreshing, a film with pure heart and no pretensions…
When I first saw the premise, I thought the movie would be similar to VARSITY BLUES (without the sports, of course)…somewhat cheesy and predictable. However as the story develops, one will notice that Joe Johnston actually had a well-thought out plan for this feature. The story is moving and compelling, and will affect you emotionally in ways movies like these rarely do.
The reason? It’s a simple movie, with a relatively familiar backdrop, but it’s done very straightforwardly with no hint of pretension. At times there is some degree of predictability, but then the story takes rather unexpected turns. Just when you think you know exactly what will happen, the movie will prove your alleged clairvoyance wrong.
The standout in this movie for me is the interaction between Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper. This interaction provides one of the more complex and layered father/son relationships you will see in a movie of this nature. Laura Dern also has a small role but manages it quite effectively.
Moreover, much has been done to recreate the 1950s ambiance; from the costumes to the art decoration to the architecture, this movie looks and feels like it is based in the 1950s, adding to the overall viewing experience.
I would recommend this for anyone looking to see a (much) better-than-average film about belief in oneself and achieving one’s dreams in the face of adversity, although this movie is much more than just that. Not for those who think cheesy special effects and mind-numbingly lewd comedy are prerequisites for a good film.
3.5 stars (out of 4). 8/10. Should warrant a place in my Honourable Mentions list.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Family
Director Joe Johnston
Writer Homer H. Hickam Jr. (book), Lewis Colick (screenplay)
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen
Awards 4 wins & 11 nominations.
Production Company Universal Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera PanArri 435, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm