Mission To Mir

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Documentary

Space station Mir... isn't that where they can't take out the garbage without setting the place on fire? This IMAX documentary comes along just in time to rehabilitate its tattered reputation, focusing on recent U.S.-Russian cooperation on board Mir (the Russian word for peace, by the way) and American astronaut Shannon Lucid's record-breaking six-month...read more

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Space station Mir... isn't that where they can't take out the garbage without setting the place on fire? This IMAX documentary comes along just in time to rehabilitate its tattered reputation, focusing on recent U.S.-Russian cooperation on board Mir

(the Russian word for peace, by the way) and American astronaut Shannon Lucid's record-breaking six-month stay. As in previous IMAX space productions, footage was shot by the astronauts themselves, and the results are often breathtaking: If the idea of exploring outer space still gives you chills,

you can hardly beat these three-story-high IMAX images. By contrast, much of the earthbound footage of Americans and Russians training and eating at each other's homes is, frankly, really boring. The film's best material shows things we would simply otherwise never see -- the mountains of Tibet

from high above the Earth, or the U.S. shuttle Atlantis docking with Mir -- and we're offered a look inside the Russian space program that would have been unthinkable a mere 10 years ago. So with such great images on hand, exactly who was it who felt compelled to cheapen them with an incredibly

tacky score: Isn't it a bit insulting to identify Oklahoma-born Lucid with cow-patty-kicking country music? And the propagandistic narration is likely to be a real turn off to any viewer old enough to recognize this Lockheed Martin-sponsored production as the very costly commercial for the space

program that it is.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Space station Mir... isn't that where they can't take out the garbage without setting the place on fire? This IMAX documentary comes along just in time to rehabilitate its tattered reputation, focusing on recent U.S.-Russian cooperation on board Mir (the… (more)

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