Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull StratosHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
In October of 2012, Red Bull Stratos was the flight test program that riveted the world, as Baumgartner ascended 24 miles above earth with a massive helium balloon. Wearing only a spacesuit, and with a mere 10 minutes of oxygen on his back, he jumped from the balloon’s capsule and accelerated from 0 to 843.6 miles per hour – Mach 1.25 – in just 50 seconds before eventually parachuting to the ground. Red Bull Stratos broke numerous world records, including several set by Kittinger in 1960, and delivered valuable scientific data to improve safety for future aviators and astronauts. It was also the most watched live stream in Internet history. The fascination continues with this breathtaking documentary, revealing new behind-the-scenes stories and footage from launch day and all through the project’s five years of development, including undisclosed dramas. Viewers get long-awaited details on Baumgartner’s faceplate heating issue, which nearly aborted the mission, and also hear intimate anecdotes from the team as they look back on the experience for the first time on camera.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 288
- Fresh: 269
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
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Great Story: Very Poor Filmography
The story of Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space is totally awe inspiring. The dedication of the team in surmounting atmospheric, equipment and personal hurdles is well documented in this film and makes this film a must-see for all science buffs. However, the filmography is quite amateurish and almost borders on the ludicrous. The flipping from one scene to another every few seconds leaves one wondering if the director were somehow drugged or had a severe case of ADHD.
For example, one cannot watch the last and final launching of the capsule. Instead one sees a few seconds of launch, then an interview for a few seconds then a shot of mission control and then someone else being interviewed. The fascinating shots of earth- with the altimeter sidebar - as the capsule ascends are constantly interrupted with, again, more interviews and shots of Baumgartner’s family.
I would recommend this film but just be ready for the jarring and inexplicably sad filmography.