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Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission
Best known as the father of early computer games like Ultima and Ultima Online, Richard Garriott always wanted to follow in his astronaut father's footsteps. But when eye problems made a career at NASA impossible, he turned to private space travel to make his dream come true. Man On A Mission captures everything from Garriott's training in Russia to his launch aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, as well as life aboard the International Space Station, resplendent views of the earth from space, and a never-before-seen view from inside the capsule during the fiery re-entry to Earth. --… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"Garriott's story is unique, a stranger-than-fiction tale that is unlikely to be topped. And the images from space - crisp, spectacular, haunting - make it worth the trip."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
""Man on a Mission," the most expensive home movie ever made, is one man's genial account of his trip into outer space."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"A self-made gaming mogul with a flair for theatricality buys himself a $30 million ticket to space via a Russian Soyuz craft."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Timid documentary tags along on a man's $30 million ride into space without probing deep enough to provoke awe, insight or emotional involvement."
‑ Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International
"It's a bit precious in its narcissistic point of view, but still a kick to watch the hopelessly devoted astronaut wannabe fulfill his wildest dream."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A must-see for stargazers of all ages."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A genius at making money with computer games, space tourist Garriott will recoup little from this cartoon of a space adventure."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Oh, the things that money can buy."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Completely lacking in imagination and purpose, this vanity project might suffice as a home movie, but it's hardly worth the expense and bother of seeing it in a theater."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The film summons up the childlike wonder and optimism inherent in space exploration, while examining how it's opening up to self-funded travelers."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"Revenge of the computer geek!"
‑ Kam Williams,
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