You hear a lot about the first landing on the moon with Neil Armstrong, but surprisingly little about Apollo 17, the last manned flight to the moon and Gene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the lunar surface.
This is the documentary the man deserves, replete with his total cooperation. Cernan sits down for extensive interviews, taking you through his entire experience from the NASA training program, until that legendary walk.
There’s plenty of amazing footage and photos, including Cernan’s failed spacewalk before Apollo 17, and his driving the lunar lander on the moonscape. It’s incredible stuff.
Before we had our smart phones and Internet, there was a guy up there scratching his daughter’s initials into the moon’s surface. This film touches upon plenty, including Cernan’s marital woes and personal struggles as a product of the space program. What this man overcame to eventually take that moonwalk is mind boggling, and the troubles he experienced after totally make sense.
This documentary does a nice job portraying his struggles and triumphs. There’s an incredible moment near the film’s end where Cernan stands by the actual capsule where it rests today and ponders the mannequin now sitting in his seat. He wonders about the notion of whether or not anybody will ever visit the moon again, and actually gets a little frustrated. Then the movie simply cuts to Cernan fishing with his dog, trying to relax. He has most certainly earned many a fishing trip.
This guy was, is, and shall be a total badass. (Available for rent on iTunes, Amazon.com and On Demand during a limited theatrical run).