Read a book, free your mind.
Determined not to follow dad down into a West Virginia coal mine, young Jake Gyllenhaal seeks escape through rocket-building in a stirring film based on real-life events.
Inspired by Russia launching Sputnik into orbit, the teen wants to spend his life reaching for the stars, not descending into the unforgiving darkness, something his father (Chris Cooper) can’t accept.
Dad isn’t an ogre, but life is tough for everyone in their town, and cold, hard financial instability trumps daydreams in his mind.
It’s a prickly, yet believable relationship, making the eventual thaw even more powerful.