The documentary captures the moment with the original archival video and audio tapes of the time - most of them filmed by NASA itself. There is no real suspense for the audience in that we all know exactly what happens and yet it takes us back to that moment when know one knew if the mission would succeed or if the rocket would blow up and kill the astronauts on the launch pad. The only narration is provided by some of Walter Cronkite's news live broadcasts on CBS and mission control's audio. You can't always tell what you are seeing or clearly understand the audio, but that's fine, because it lends to the authenticity that takes us back to these incredibly dramatic moments. Space is truly our final frontier and captures our imagination like little else. But the real events are more powerful and dramatic and science fiction films can truly capture. This is a must-see documentary for anyone who believes we can still dream big and achieve great accomplishments.
The film was directed by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney and is in some ways a sequel to his 2005 film, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Both films capture the rise and fall of scam companies in a manner befitting Greek tragedy. Perhaps The Inventor proves that a woman con-artist can be just as corrupt as a male one. Holmes's product was bunk, but she was able to convince powerful and well-connected individuals that her non-existent product was actually about to revolutionize health care. Her business model appears to be as corrupt and deceptive as Donald Trump's. The film is demonstration that a good salesman can sell almost anything to a gullible audience. She was able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital to finance a product that didn't exist and was virtually physically impossible to achieve. Like all of Gibney's films, it is entrancing, and the two hour run-time flies right by. This is a fascinating film that not only tells the story of a corrupt company but actually capture many of the flaws of our modern business and political culture. Absolutely fascinating.
The central conundrum of Mark Green's journey is never really answered. I get the feeling that Green is either running away or running towards something, or perhaps a little bit of both. I'm not sure he really understands his own "Forrest Gump"-like journey. I hope the walker eventually finds the direction he wants to travel with his life. Perhaps the film maker should have asked some questions about Green's mental condition since his behavior seems to be somewhat irrational. Recommended for those open to the highly unconventional.