Apollo 11 is a documentary about the fabled mission to put a man on the moon in 1969 that saw the world watch with bated breath as Neil Armstrong uttered the immortal words “One Small Step for Man….One Giant Leap for Mankind”.
There have been countless versions of this story, from the recent First Man to many TV documentary films, but this feature film length doco sets itself apart by using 11,000 hours of footage, much of it previously unseen in the public domain, to recreate second by second the journey from a Launch Pad at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on July 16, 1969, 225,000 miles into space to successfully land on the moon and return home.
Where the film also stakes out new ground is in the way director Todd Douglas Miller does not feature narration, interviews or modern recreations, instead using existing audio over real footage to tell the story from the perspective of the astronauts, mission control and the reporting media of the day.
In that respect it lacks additional details about the facts and figures of the endeavour, but the end result is a much artier affair than would otherwise be possible.
This is a fitting document to a fantastic voyage – 4 Stars.