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October Sky (1999)
We can also be the next Homer Hickam.
** This is my homework** October Sky, a film woven by the odds between father and son, and the dream of living oneself's life. Homer Hickam, the protagonist of the film, had an 'impossible' dream since he witnessed the launch of the first man-made satellite. Because of this dream, he befriended with the weird yet smart geek Quentin, and started the journey of rocket making with Quentin, Roy Lee and O'Dell. In Coalwood, high school graduates usually could not further their study in college, the only opportunity going to college is getting the football scholarship. But Homer did not surrender to his fate of being a coal miner. Of course,Homer's father, who was the leader of the coal miner and expected his son will be a coal miner, did not support him making rockets.
There were many obstacles on the road of Homer's goal, he and his friends was accused as arsonists as they could not find all their rockets back, therefore, he was suspended. During that period, his father was injured as he tried to save the miners in an accident. The family could not afford the charge of surgery, so that Homer decided to work as a coal miner to provide for his family instead of his brother, who got the football scholarship, and would not be able to go to college if he dropped out at that moment. I think it is very responsible of Homer to prioritize his family , yet, it is upset to see him giving up his dream. There is a scene where they ignited the gasoline bomb and hurled it into the hut on there experiment site, it symbolizes the end of their dream.
'Sometimes you really can't listen to what anybody else says, you just gotta listen inside.' The words of Miss Riley evoked Home's enthusiasm of rocketry and the passion buried deep inside the heart of the audience as well. I as an audience member, instantly asked my self, ' what's my inside voice's telling me? What do I want to achieve?' Similar to Homer, my school does not produce many graduates who can go to university, but I will not be tied and I know I will and have to outshine others so that I will have the chance to further my study in University and that I can fight against the fate I should supposedly live.
Homer was determined to devote in rocketry after being inspired by Miss Riley. He studied very advance Mathematics twenty-four-seven, at lunch time in coal mine, at night on bed. He eventually figured out that the fire was not started by their rockets, they were not related to the arson! This is the twist I love most, as when I was watching the movie, I felt like I was walking in Homer's shoes. It gives me strength to move on. Finally, the Rocket Boys got the champion of the county science fair, both four of them got the scholarships to go to college. Still, they are proving nothing to others, they are just being themselves, whom they knew do not belong here or work in coal mines.
Along the plot of Homer chasing his dream, there is another line of plot of the father-and-son odds. 'Father love the mines more than Jim, even more than you!' Homer groaned to his mother. Because of the pride of his father, he did not want his son to see coal miner as a not so classy job and expected his second son to be like him, a coal miner. 'Coal mine is your life, it's not mine. I'm never going down there again.' Homer confronted his dad, I believe his dad must be broken hearted at that time. It was harsh for Homer to say things like that, but I figure telling the true feeling would be better. After Homer came back from the science fair, there is a scene where Homer showing his medal while his father going down the mine elevator, we can see the eyes of Homer's father, the way he looked at his son, he was proud of his son. Homer was also jealous of his brother, as his dad never missed a game of his brother, but he had never come to watch him launching the rockets. In the very end, Homer's father was there to launch the rockets, the smile on Homer was sweeter than you have ever seen. This also credits to the actors, they did an incredible job on playing the roles.
I have already expressed my appreciation to this superb film, another fact that impressed me most is that this film is base on a true story. I do not see why you and I cannot be the next Homer Hickam! What's your inside voice telling you?