One small step for man…one giant leap for women

One small step for man…one giant leap for women

Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do.

DVD: Hidden Figures

Runtime: 123 minutes

Age restriction: PG

Special Features: No Limits – The life of Katherine Johnson; Moving the Decimal – Honouring Katherine Johnson; Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia; Gallery; Audio commentary by director Theodore Melfi and Taraji P Henson.

Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge

Review made possible by: Times New Media

According to the old proverb, behind every great man is a great woman. For astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, there were three brilliant women, working tirelessly behind the scenes in order to help make the mission a success.

Hidden Figures is the incredible story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), three women who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race between Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States of America (USA).

Even though the operation to send John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit and bring him back safely was plagued with difficulties, these problems almost paled in comparison to the challenges faced by Katherine, Dorothy and Mary. However, through sheer determination and hard work, the three broke through all racial and gender barriers in order to make their dreams come true. By rising through the ranks and working alongside some of the greatest minds of the time, not only did the three help put America ahead in the Space Race, they also secured their place in history.

Directed by Theodore Melfi, Hidden Figures is an inspiring biographical drama about unsung heroes and overcoming the odds no matter what.

The film features a stellar cast, including Kevin Costner and Kirstin Dunst.

Hidden Figures is now available on DVD.

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