Apollo 13 – Hail to our Corporate Heros

Just watched Apollo 13 again after 14 years and suddenly realized who the real hero of that movie is – and I’ll give you a hint: it’s not one of the astronauts.

Apollo 13 is a veritable orgy of corporate celebration. The astronauts are brave and competent, but they do what they’re told. They’re even replaceable.

Lead astronaut Tom Hanks seems to the hero, but it’s Ed Harris, Mission Control Director in Houston, who gets the prime camera time at the end. Apollo 13 is America’s love letter to bureaucracy, hierachy, and American ingenuity, corporate style.

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