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DIRECTOR Theodore Melfi
CAST Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner
An entertaining and inspirational film about three African-American mathematicians working at NASA at the height of the space race.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians, known as the ‘human computers’. This striking film follows three of these women, who cross all gender, race and professional lines, as they quickly rise through the ranks and are tasked with calculating the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit and guaranteeing his safe return. An entertaining and inspirational film.
(2016 USA 127 mins)
Some of it feels a little obvious, but with its “based on a true story” title card, cartoon palette and bouncy Pharrell (co)-penned soundtrack, this splashy, feelgood period piece is every bit as enjoyable as a best picture Oscar-nominated blockbuster could hope to be. The genius of Theodore Melfi’s film is not in the originality of the script – as far as prestige pictures go, its dramatic and comedic beats are easy to anticipate – but in the novelty of the story and the liveliness of the performances. Simran Hans, The Observer
Nominated for 3 Oscars for Best Actress, Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.
BBFC advice: Contains discrimination theme and mild bad language
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