This dramatization of a 1970 moon shot crippled by an explosion in space is based on events so inherently dramatic that the story, in Hollywood argot, tells itself. A little human intervention might have helped. Truly a director for the '90s, Ron Howard has mastered the art
of spinning big, old-fashioned yarns without any discernible point of view, and his movie is curiously empty and instantly forgettable. It pales alongside Philip Kaufman's flawed but witty THE RIGHT STUFF, and its touchy-feely astronauts feel like New Age anachronisms next to the square-jawed
testosterone junkies of Kaufman's conception. Tom Hanks, as mission leader Jim Lovell, works his usual ...