A NASA astronaut, forced to retire years earlier so he could save his family farm, has never given up his dream of space travel and looks to build his own rocket, despite the government's threats to stop him.
Texan Charles Farmer left the Air Force as a young man to save the family ranch when his dad died. Like most American ranchers, he owes his bank. Unlike most, he's an astrophysicist with a rocket in his barn - one he's built and wants to take into space. It's his dream. The FBI puts him under surveillance when he tries to buy rocket fuel; the FAA stalls him when he files a flight plan - it's post-9/11, after all. His wife is angry when she finds out their bank is initiating foreclosure. Charlie fears failure and decides, precipitously, to launch. Are twenty-first century American dreams just a sign of insanity? Are those who believe in dreamers only fools?Written by
Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis also shared screen time in Armageddon (1998), where the same topics of space, astronauts and rocket spaceships are highly concentrated on. See more »
During the flight, Farmer's capsule comes very close to what apparently is a communications satellite. Typically communications satellites are in geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles above the surface of the earth. Since Farmer's orbit was planned for 100 statute miles perigee (and presumably an apogee around 175 statute miles, typical for Project Mercury), there is no way he would ever come within sight of a communications satellite. See more »
Suspend your disbelief indeed, but come on. If a movie is to take place in the real world, with real people, there has to be SOME semblance of plausibility in the action portrayed.
No, a man cannot build and launch an Atlas rocket by himself in his barn and orbit the earth in it. I get the idea that there were science advisers once employed by this production, but they were shown the door when they said "ummm...."
Nice little movie, nice people, but beyond ridiculous in its science, which ruins it. Head-smack city. Kinda like "Armageddon" which also starred Billy Bob and Bruce.
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