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The Last Man on the Moon

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Awe-inspiring, insightful docu spotlights American astronaut

Movie NR 2014 95 minutes
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Gene Cernan's warm, articulate, insightful presence works along with solid direction, editing, and a nicely coherent structure to make this an incisive film about the U.S. space program. The whole world was watching, rooting for its heroes, fascinated by possibility. As the movie progresses, one can't help but be nostalgic for an America at the top of its glory and scientific prowess. At the same time, the story told is faithful to both the risks undertaken and the side effects of the program's intensity for those who served. We see the tragic endings and the wives and kids left behind due to the program's level of commitment. From a perspective spanning decades, Mr. Cernan tells it like it was and like it is. Saddened by the knowledge that it may never happen again, Cernan walks through the rusty, abandoned space center in which he spent his most productive years and has to look away. The Last Man on the Moon is a terrific, must-see movie, especially as an engaging way to introduce kids to the wonders of science and scientific discovery.

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