Just watched the trailer Cel put up. I am embarrassed to say I heard Sandra Bullock and I just assumed Gravity was a euphemism for something romanticy, never guessed it was some astronaut thriller. That alone sounds pretty cool.
I suppose I should see the movie, but if she gets spinning like that (as in the trailer), there is no gravity to stop her spinning, she's stuck like that until something or someone intervenes. Freaky. Will have to see it.
Edited by lanovami (10/06/1304:01 PM)
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Great movie, I really enjoyed it. Incredible cinematography.
But... if you know anything about space travel you have to suspend a bit of disbelief.
1. Comm sats orbit at 22,000 miles. They wouldn't have been affected by the cascade which was taking place at around 380 miles, or at least not as quickly as portrayed in the movie.
2. No way in hell they're going from the Hubble to the ISS, and to the Chinese stations all of which are in different orbits and inclinations with only a backpack and no navigation.
3. Astronauts wear a suit under the space suit (the LCVG) that regulates body temperature and moisture. They also wear a large diaper to pee in. Sandra Bullock wouldn't have come right out into her skivvies. Okay, so I can forgive that artistic license
4. Mission Control mentioned the debris field started below their orbit and was working up. The second time around it would have been above them. Also, I'm not sure how it would have been flat.
However, the micro gravity interactions were fantastic and more realistic than I've ever seen. The debris punching through the shuttle, the ISS... was intense, and all the more frightening because there was no sound other than her breathing, and what you could hear muted through her suit when she was attached to the arm.
So it seemed they took great care and effort to recreate the details of weightlessness, and interaction of the debris with the spacecraft. Then for the macro movements they went Star Wars.
Still, it was incredible and enjoyable. I saw it in Real D. I really want to go back and see it in IMAX.
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Yeah, I really had to shake my head with "the Shuttle's right there, and the ISS is right over there, and see that large blob of light? That's the Chinese space station also conveniently within line of sight ..."
Also, Clooney buzzing around the Shuttle taking a joy ride? Not really sure I bought into that (I think they have to be tethered regardless in case something, you know, goes wrong). I *really* didn't buy him finding Sandra again after she spun-off the arm, but I guess without that, no more movie =P
Other stuff I guess I could deal with until she got to the Chinese space station. The thing is in an uncontrolled reentry already, and the capsule she's in just happens to correct its uncontrolled tumble and settle into exactly the right angle / speed / altitude to not burn to a crisp? I *suppose* in her almost-random button mashing she could have hit the "don't worry, I'll take care of everything" switch, but if it was all autopilot from there, why did she have to manually separate the capsule? Anyways, I fought really hard to believe in that scene because it was otherwise spectacular -- VERY well put-together cinematically, and gave me shivers as it harkened-back to some pretty gutting moments of the Shuttle program.
Definitely try to find an IMAX -- the bigger the screen the better. It really is a great film despite its flaws =)
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