14 MINUTES FROM EARTH REVIEWED
“14 Minutes From Earth” is a solid story with hit & miss documentary. Alan Eustance is a former Google head and a bit of a daredevil. Most of the talking heads will comment on his genius and then quickly chuckle about him being crazy. I want to hear more about the insanity! The only time you get any real talk about the matter is watching Eustace’s wife watch the stunt with complete and utter disdain. Kathy (Eustace’s wife) is the Superintendent Chalmers of this documentary and she shines every time she gets to talk.
Alan Eustace has a personality that I understand to a frightening degree. Disciples of Thomas Mallory are all born with the “because it’s there” mentality and it gets you into trouble more than it helps. The documentary bores mostly until we actually get to see Eustace fall back to Earth with his parachute device. The work staged to capture those visuals is stunning! It’s just that viewers have to trek through so much to get there.
Documentaries like this are always a mixed bag. While I have seen terrible ones, this entry doesn’t quite hit upper quality level. But, it’s worth giving a watch. Pick it up today!
- 1 hr and 25 mins
- Gunpowder & Sky Distribution
- Not Rated
RELEASE DATE: 11/15/16
- Film Score - 79%79%
The Plot Thus Far
Imagine you’re Alan Eustace. You’re in your mid-50’s, you’ve got two young daughters and a loving wife at home and you’re the ‘Senior Vice-President of Knowledge’ at Google – but none of that matters to you right now, because in less than a minute the giant balloon strapped to your back is going to inflate to the size of a football stadium as it carries you over 135,000 feet straight up into the stratosphere, higher than any man has ever gone without a rocket ship! 14 Minutes From Earth documents every harrowing moment of Alan’s unprecedented mission to promote science and space-exploration. From a crazy idea sketched on a napkin, to dangling in outer space wondering if he’ll ever see his family again – you’ll experience every pulse-racing failure and feel-good triumph of the world’s most unlikely space explorer.