A MILLION MILES AWAY
Director: Alejandra Márquez Abella
Starring: Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Julio Cesar, Cedillo, Veronica Falcón, Garret Dillahunt
Going to space may have felt like a million miles away for José Hernández, but that didn’t stop him as we see in the new film inspired by his life. NASA astronaut José Hernández broke barriers, and the film charts his lifelong love of space and the determination it took to get there. He’s played by Michael Peña. The film starts with Jose as a young boy, a Mexican immigrant whose family moved to the United States for work. He was a whiz kid in math and was fascinated with the stars. There’s the quintessential scene where he’s writing the “When I grow up…” essay for school after watching the Apollo 11 lift off. The film cuts to adulthood where he’s determined to apply for NASA. With every rejection letter, he worked harder and harder honing this skill and that skill to prove his worth. It was the twelveth application that finally changed José’s life forever.
Here’s my review