The Challenger Disaster

2013

Action / Drama / History

117
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 3646

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William Hurt as Richard Feynman
Joanne Whalley as Gweneth Feynman
Brian Dennehy as Rogers
Bruce Greenwood as General Kutyna
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698.36 MB
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1hr 30 min
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1hr 30 min
P/S 4 / 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by russvet 8 / 10

A fine film

This gripping film focuses on the Rogers Commission investigation of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, through the eyes of the late theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman. The lead role is acted brilliantly by William Hurt as his determination to uncover the truth is tested by political intrigue, denial of responsibility, and his own personal battle with illness. Hurt has a strong supporting cast including Brian Dennehy, Bruce Greenwood, Joanne Whalley, and Eve Best who all played their roles very well. The script was also of a very good quality, and this helped make this film all the more enjoyable to watch. I enjoyed such lines as (when talking with a lawyer) "How's your integrity?" although this is a small example. All in all I thought this was a very good film and a fitting tribute to Richard Feynman and his dogged struggle to bring the truth to light following an event that shocked the American public and changed their space program forever.

Reviewed by eladb573 6 / 10

A missed opportunity

On the surface, this movie should have been a great one. Here we have a great true story, involving a relentless search for truth, a government agency cover-up, a secret confidential source, and a tragedy that shook the nation. Coupled with a hero in the charismatic, eccentric and brilliant Richard Feynman, this could easily have been as good or better than say "Spotlight", or any other great movie of that genre. Yet, this movie, although OK, somehow misses. It's not great, has no great powerful moments, nor particularly funny or self deprecating. Something to watch when nothing else is on and no more.

Some of the blame must go to the portrayal of the main character, on which the entire story revolves - prof. Richard Feynman. One of the greatest physicists in history, with a crazy rich past and eccentricities that are legendary, and he is simply boring! It is clear to me that neither William hurt who plays him, nor the director has bothered to watch any of his many televised lectures ind interviews. First of all - the famous Brooklyn accent. Than the constant cocky smile and sharp humor. The many anecdotes and metaphors that are often his way of explaining. Non of it are present here. If it were up to me Alan Alda would play him as he is both sorta looks like him and is funny, serious and can do a great accent. Also the constant emphasis on his illness is over the top and distracting.

About the only really good thing I can attribute to this film is it's uncharacteristic accuracy. I didn't notice any factual errors, and that is rare in Hollywood.

In summation, this is a mediocre movie, that with a better cast and writing staff could have been a great one. Too bad!

Reviewed by videorama-759-859391 8 / 10

Solid t.v. movie, challenges the truth

I can't believe William Hurt, who to me, has always been a great actor, didn't get award recognized for his portrayal of brilliant real life scientist, Richard Feynman, called in to help find the source of the 1986 Challenger disaster. Feynman working tooth and nail, becoming work obsessed, his health not the best, was the one, who pinpointed the cause. This is a very engrossing movie, where over 90 minutes, it deals with the aftermath of that horrific day, where Feynman was called to Washington, from His L.A home I presume, to help with the investigation, and gets entangled into political issues, going up against the big guns, making a few enemies, quick. Feynman was an admirable character, and Hurt gives it such clout, in what really is a remarkable performance, no acting credit or not. This is a character you can't pull the wool over or befool. Joanne Whalley was really good, surprisingly really good, as his concerned wife, while Brian Dennehy was solid, as the slightly shady guy leading the investigation. One CIA Sergeant (Bruce Greenwood, solid as always, with this being no exception) teams up with Hurt, where they become good friends. Greenwood uses discreet methods to divulge some info, for why the shuttle took off that day, which was quite disheartening. On the whole, this t.v. movie is engrossing like I aid, where the other plus is Hurt. Why can't he make a comeback, which I what I say to myself with each recent film he does. A movie that has you from the word "Go", it's last scene, memorable.

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