8 Days: To the Moon and Back


Documentary /

IMDb Rating 7.9


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90 min
P/S 2 / 4

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Reviewed by stevenmcglinchey 10

By a long long way, this is the best dramatized version of the Apollo 11 journey yet made. Much more inclusive to the viewer than the introspective First Man. Not giving anything away but every word spoken by the actors are from actual recordings, many when out of earshot of NASA. The special effects are truly mesmerizing. I couldn't recommend this more highly

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Reviewed by Prismark10 7

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. 8 Days: To the Moon and Back recreated the events with the audio tapes, some lookalike actors in a recreation of the capsule which was mixed with historical footage.<br/><br/>The documentary had no narration. You relied on captions which gives some factual information as well as footage of the television coverage fronted by Walter Cronkite. The US network&#39;s coverage was sponsored by Kellogs on the day of the launch.<br/><br/>In the build up to the launch, the three astronauts had been constantly paraded on tv and the press. They must have been the most interviewed people in America, giving the same bland answers to the same questions. No wonder Armstrong eventually withdrew from the limelight.<br/><br/>Neil Armstrong was the most inexperienced of the three astronauts in terms of actual time spent in space. It showed when he mentioned his excitement of the prospect of seeing the sunrise from space. Buzz Aldrin was expecting to be the first man to walk on the surface of the moon but NASA had other ideas.<br/><br/>What came out of this documentary was just how much seat of the pants the mission was when it reached its critical stages as the lunar module approached its moon&#39;s orbit. The module overshot its planned landing site. A warning light came on and nobody knew what it meant. When a switch broke during take off from the moon, Aldrin improvised by using a pen while NASA boffins searched for an answer.<br/><br/>The three astronauts had a sense of calm and practicality throughout the mission.<br/><br/>After 50 years you would have thought there was little new to say about the first moon landing. This documentary proved me wrong as it provided new insights.

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Reviewed by victor-221 10

When you&#39;ve seen as many space docs as I have, you wonder what can I possibly learn that&#39;s new. This doc answers that: voice audio between crew members that not even Mission Control heard during their mission. One thing I learned: Armstrong had the least amount of space travel time among the three. So at one point, Buzz refers to Armstrong as &quot;rookie&quot; and the actor portraying Armstrong didn&#39;t like hearing that. Now, was that Armstrong&#39;s actual response? Hard to tell, except Armstrong said nothing in reply, which you can interpret as speaking volumes. Finally, you get a view of what it must have looked like for Eagle as it landed on the moon. A terrific doc and a must see.

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