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The Dish Movie Review

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Well, Jurassic Park III sucked, but at least Sam Neill can boast about The Dish, a mildly entertaining and modestly original Australian film about a little known fact involving the Apollo 11 mission.

Neill stars as the operator of the largest satellite dish in the southern hemisphere, and as NASA prepares for Armstrong landing on the moon, they choose this dish to be the receiver of the television signals from the spacecraft. Of course, the town becomes very excited, and, of course, things don't entirely go as planned.

The movie isn't about the Apollo 11 mission as much as it is about the characters in the town. The US Ambassador is visiting, so the mayor is trying to entertain him. One of the dish employees is trying to ask one of the local girls out, and all four of the employees are covering up the fact that they have lost contact with Apollo 11 altogether, but they don't want NASA to look down on them, so they don't report it.

Really, The Dish is much like the Hugh Grant film An Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain, where the townspeople are too proud of their town to let outsiders judge them inadequately.

The film has some funny scenes, good performances, and a decent script, but at the same time The Dish doesn't excel to the level of a really entertaining film. Still, it is a nice little story that is worth seeing.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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