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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 25, 2013 2:46:04 GMT -6
Opening October 2013
Now...I don't know how the rest of this movie will play out...but from I saw in this brief trailer...
I got to see it...even if it has the Space Shuttle.....
Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is on her first Space Shuttle mission and is accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney), who is in command of the shuttle due to it being his last flight.
During a spacewalk, space debris crash into the space shuttle Explorer, which leaves it almost destroyed, leaving them stranded in space and alone in spacesuits with limited breathable oxygen. They have no communication from Earth thus forcing them to cooperate by themselves.
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 17, 2013 14:30:29 GMT -6
Finally viewed "Gravity".....
I enjoyed this film.
It is said that this is the closest one can experience of what it is like in space...and although I have not been...I can imagine it so. The physics of zero-gravity is almost 100 % that was demonstrated here - adhering the Newton's Laws beautifully - but it misses from time to time. A lot of frictionless push and pulling in the vacuum of space, and the 3-D effect was not overpowering. Instead, the effect only enhanced the experience without being obnoxious.
The movie really is about Sandra Bullock's character. From a whiny bumbling astronaut to evolving into a survivor champion by sheer brute force. George Clooney's character, although comes on strong....is regulated to a supporting one...which is ok...
But, she is quite annoying at the beginning of the film, panting, yelling and using up her O2 at a quick pace. Something not becoming of a trained NASA Dr.
The scene is where the Russians missile hit and intentionally blow-up one of their own Satellites, but as a result...create a cloud of debris...travelling at 20,000 mph...and destroys the Shuttle, kills the astronaut crew, with one gettin' hit with shrapnel going right through his head and...as the debris cloud orbits the Earth in 90 minutes...destroys the ISS on it's second pass - (why not in the first pass?).
Objects orbiting at the same altitude maintain the same speed. Higher speed equates to a different altitudes. But anyway....
The two surviving astronauts tether themselves together - enroute to the ISS. But, Bullock makes her way to the ISS solo, (In reality...no way that close....but hey, it's just a movie), with Clooney detaching himself and floating away in order for her to survive - (totally unnecessary and could have been nudged back in as nothing was "tugging" at him.) The Chinese Space Station Tiangong also is involved in the struggle to survive.
She is thrown via inertia and frantically grasps to anything.....
This grasping into grab bars and other opportunities at a high rate of speed is nearly impossible with bulky gloved hands. Air lock hatches blow open as Bullock retains a handhold. In her exhausted carbon dioxide rich condition...no way she could have maintained the hand hold....
Bullock controls both the Russian Soyuz and Chinese Shenzho space capsules, (Never would these space crafts be so dangerously close together) - but considering she is totally unfamiliar with the Chinese systems and the lighted buttons are in Chinese characters, (although it is mentioned that the Shenzhou has the exact same procedures as the Soyuz), ...she manages to punch in the proper sequence and dramatically falls back to Earth..
Slight tweaking in the research, but it's a fun film if you just let go and let it happen. It's just a movie.