Synopsis: As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.– Written by 20th Century Fox
Let me start off by saying that I have never heard of these women before and I never read up on NASA or any kind of space exploration. Ever since I saw this film, I have read up on all 3 ladies and they are heroes and an inspiration to us all.
The movie follows three “human computers” Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janell Monae) and shows the struggle and ignorance that they had to overcome, to help the United States send John Glenn to space.
For me, the film is beyond the space, but reaches a deeper level of emotion, fight, strength and so much more. The movie showcased the heroes behind our first exploration of space, the brains, and the smartest of them all, the women who never stopped but continued to fight for their rights and to prove to the world that they are worth something greater. What their minds could see and not see, the unknown and exploring the beyond, pushing thru the ignorance, not by physically fighting, but by using their brains to prove to people that their “computer brains” were one of a kind and should be appreciated and cherished. No matter the obstacle, they always pushed thru, to better themselves and their families.
More films should be like this one. Everyone has a story, a journey. Some journeys were harder than others and those people are forgotten thru history, left in the background to be discarded. But, we shouldn’t let that happen. We should create more films with stories of honor, strength, filled with real the life heroes.
Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Vaughn are real role models. Role models that young women need today, instead of “reality” celebrities. These fought against all odds, all of their life, to fulfill and live their dreams. They showed us perseverance, strength, unity and love. They shouldn’t just be role models for African-Americans, they should be role models to all women, of any race or ethnicity.
I highly suggest that everyone sees this movie, especially women. You won’t be disappointed and you will leave the film feeling inspired.
To end, I’d like to say THANK YOU, Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Vaughn for your work and leading the way for women. For never giving up and to always purse the dream.