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Gravity
      #6121440 - 10/06/13 10:42 PM

Just saw this Sandra Bullock/George Clooney movie in IMAX 3D format. The story was an action packed thriller, and make Apollo 13 look tame. Definitely show the risk of space. The 3D and action are spectacular. Don't want to give the movie away but I recommend it for everyone. Prepare to be thrilled.

P>S> If my wife an kids want to see it, I will attempt to get them to go with the moving seats and widescreen, making it a different experience.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6121602 - 10/07/13 12:53 AM

+1 on Gravity. I could only watch it in plain 3D (not IMAX) but what a wonderful experience nonetheless. The realism is wonderful. And great to see the 'ISS' and other hardware up close!

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Re: Gravity new [Re: RichardHK]
      #6123206 - 10/07/13 05:41 PM

+1-plain 3d here too.
WOW. just WOW!!!


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Re: Gravity new [Re: BoriSpider]
      #6126120 - 10/08/13 11:33 PM

I saw it in 3D and loved it too. Astronaut, Mike Massimino tweets that the inside of the shuttle, tools, etc are an exact replica of his last shuttle mission. Included is a #8 drill used to repair the Hubble he affectionately called Yogi after Yogi Berra as that was his baseball jersey number.

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Re: Gravity new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6126467 - 10/09/13 07:43 AM

I want to see this movie but 3D doesn't work for me.

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Re: Gravity new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #6126570 - 10/09/13 09:02 AM

too predictable for me.
a coworker saw it, i told him what my guess for the ending was, and i was right. i am one of the rare few that love astronomy, but hates sci-fi.
No star track wars for me!


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Re: Gravity new [Re: helpwanted]
      #6126752 - 10/09/13 10:55 AM

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too predictable for me.
a coworker saw it, i told him what my guess for the ending was, and i was right. i am one of the rare few that love astronomy, but hates sci-fi.
No star track wars for me!




Preach it, brother!

I too approach amateur astronomy from a distinctly starship-less, lightsaber-less perspective.

As for "Gravity", it looks to be yet another one-worlder pep rally... no thanks.


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      #6127553 - 10/09/13 05:59 PM

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I saw it in 3D and loved it too. Astronaut, Mike Massimino tweets that the inside of the shuttle, tools, etc are an exact replica of his last shuttle mission. Included is a #8 drill used to repair the Hubble he affectionately called Yogi after Yogi Berra as that was his baseball jersey number.




Sounds like great fun. I'll bet it's spectacular in 3-D!


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Re: Gravity new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #6127859 - 10/09/13 08:51 PM

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I want to see this movie but 3D doesn't work for me.

Rich (RLTYS)




My eye doctor says this month they wil be coming out with prescription eyeglasses that have polarizing, 3D polarizing, and yellow clip options. This could be good news for those that really need prescription glasses to watch movies.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: helpwanted]
      #6127864 - 10/09/13 08:54 PM

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too predictable for me.
a coworker saw it, i told him what my guess for the ending was, and i was right. i am one of the rare few that love astronomy, but hates sci-fi.
No star track wars for me!




I did not think it was predictable at all.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6127891 - 10/09/13 09:14 PM

I thought the movie sucked . . . .



Edited by opticsguy (10/10/13 11:23 AM)


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Re: Gravity new [Re: opticsguy]
      #6128291 - 10/10/13 01:48 AM

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I thought the movie sucked . . . .




Elaborate please....

Nothing wrong with a negative review as long as one can get specific.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: helpwanted]
      #6128888 - 10/10/13 11:32 AM

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too predictable for me.




You predicted Tiangong-3 and Shenzhou? You're good! Hey do you mind hooking me up with some lottery numbers?

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Re: Gravity new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6129257 - 10/10/13 02:41 PM

PLEASE, do "NOT" tell the details or should I say plot of this movie.. It will distroy my and others plans to go see this movie!

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      #6129262 - 10/10/13 02:46 PM

After reading nothing but excellent reviews I went to see the film last weekend.

The good:
Visually quite good. Realistic in that you believe you are in space. Yes there are some moments when you say “that couldn’t happen” or ‘that is wrong”, but this is a movie after all. Overall the film moves quickly and there are no real dead spots. The acting is proficient.

The not so good:
The script is poor. The Clooney character is a cliché, a typical “right stuff” astronaut.
The backstory of Sandra’s character is really just a cheep trick in order to manipulate the audience and garner sympathy for her character. As if being in a life or death situation wasn’t enough. There is basically no story except “will she survive’? We have all seen movies like this (lost at sea, lost in the mountains, etc.) this one just takes place in space. You could make a film of a skydiver falling while trying to open his parachute and it would have the same effect - will the shoot open or not is the only question.

The film could have been MUCH better if in the first 15 minutes the Clooney character was a Russian and conflict, dislike, and distain was established between the Russian character and Sandra’s character. That conflict would have delivered more of a story while the two characters found a way to overcome their differences and save each other. That film would have been more than just a “will she survive” film. But as we have seen, special effects (even realistic special effects) have replaced story instead of enhancing the story. Why? Because these days it’s easier to do CGI than write a compelling story with compelling human conflict and character development. More CGI and less dialog also sells better overseas.

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Re: Gravity new [Re: starbux]
      #6129333 - 10/10/13 03:20 PM

Dude, "Gravity sucks". Get it?

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Re: Gravity new [Re: bobhen]
      #6129338 - 10/10/13 03:23 PM

Looks like a typical "submarine" movie with single man submarines...

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Re: Gravity new [Re: BSJ]
      #6130130 - 10/10/13 11:13 PM

i got the gravity sucks part, don't get the one man submarine though???

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Re: Gravity new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6130388 - 10/11/13 03:55 AM

It was a good visual spectacle (and gives a few things to think about, like just how dangerous spaceflight really is), but as a whole, I was kind of disappointed in GRAVITY (even in 3D). In a nutshell, not a lot of story to be had there, which was (other than the rather obvious orbital goofups) probably the biggest problem with the movie. As space movies go, it was definitely inferior to both Apollo 13 and the HBO space series "From The Earth To The Moon". I think that if it had been at an IMAX 3D theater, I would have rather sat through seeing MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION again rather than seeing Gravity one more time. Clear skies to you.

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Re: Gravity new [Re: helpwanted]
      #6130704 - 10/11/13 10:11 AM

Instead of everyone being in the same sub, they're in their own individual space suits.

Standard issue Submarine movies end up with everyone trapped, running out of air, rescue uncertain etc. etc...

Instead of U-Boats, they have space debris.

Everything old, is new again in Hollywood.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: BSJ]
      #6131107 - 10/11/13 01:13 PM

I'll probably see it, but I'll brace myself for the massive science failures (skip on over to ISS from Hubble, the completely wrong reason for a certain player to meet their demise...). As Morbo the Annihillator would say: "GRAVITY DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!" Neil Degrasse Tyson laid out the biggest flaw: why would a medical doctor even be on a mission to repair the Hubble Space telescope?

Edited by swalker (10/11/13 01:16 PM)


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Re: Gravity new [Re: swalker]
      #6131649 - 10/11/13 05:44 PM

The movie is science fiction, not science. Expect entertainment not edification. The cinematography is nice eye candy but it's not as beautiful as the IMAX Hubble Blu-ray 3D movie.

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      #6131985 - 10/11/13 09:09 PM

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The movie is science fiction, not science. Expect entertainment not edification. The cinematography is nice eye candy but it's not as beautiful as the IMAX Hubble Blu-ray 3D movie.




I'm with you. Sure, I'd love to see more sci-fi movies as thought-provoking as 2001, but there's nothing wrong with a good popcorn movie now and then, especially one that's nice eye candy and makes a good effort to be realistic.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: David Knisely]
      #6132018 - 10/11/13 09:32 PM

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It was a good visual spectacle (and gives a few things to think about, like just how dangerous spaceflight really is), but as a whole, I was kind of disappointed in GRAVITY (even in 3D). In a nutshell, not a lot of story to be had there




That's the nutshell, all right. The Desperate Situation is something the hero(ine) finds themselves in while pursuing the plot line. In this case, that's all there was - the Situation, and no story to go along with it.
Still, it was OK. But I won't be buying it.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6132226 - 10/11/13 11:27 PM

Even though there were a handful of technical NASA issues, it's definitely worth seeing!! GO FOR LAUNCH!!!

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Re: Gravity new [Re: swalker]
      #6132238 - 10/11/13 11:37 PM

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Neil Degrasse Tyson laid out the biggest flaw: why would a medical doctor even be on a mission to repair the Hubble Space telescope?




By similar token, I always wondered why Dr. McCoy on Star Trek would often be part of the landing party. Especially since he would always say, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor."


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Re: Gravity new [Re: turtle86]
      #6132350 - 10/12/13 01:13 AM

By similar token, I always wondered why Dr. McCoy on Star Trek would often be part of the landing party. Especially since he would always say, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor."

Because a Red Shirt was always bound to be killed!
(i only learned that from watching Big Bang)


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      #6132603 - 10/12/13 08:52 AM

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Neil Degrasse Tyson laid out the biggest flaw: why would a medical doctor even be on a mission to repair the Hubble Space telescope?




Why? Because Tyson is a clueless astrophysicist that has never heard of a Payload Specialist and doesn't pay attention to detail.

http://www.newcanaannewsonline.com/news/article/Susan-Granger-s-review-of-Gra...
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In the dark depths of outer space, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a payload specialist on her first mission,




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payload_Specialist

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Payload Specialists were generally selected for a single specific mission and were chosen outside the standard NASA astronaut selection process. They were not required to be United States citizens, but had to be approved by NASA and undergo rigorous training. In contrast, a Space Shuttle Mission Specialist was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate first and then assigned to a mission.

Payload Specialists on early missions were technical experts to accompany specific payloads such as a commercial or scientific satellite. On Spacelab and other missions with science components, payload specialists were scientists with expertise in specific experiments. The term also applied to representatives from partner nations who were given the opportunity of a first flight on board of the Space Shuttle (such as Saudi Arabia and Mexico), and to Congressmen and the Teacher in Space program.





Just because you have a degree in astrophysics it doesn't mean you know how to pay attention to details. That is the lesson today folks.

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      #6132656 - 10/12/13 09:32 AM

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By similar token, I always wondered why Dr. McCoy on Star Trek would often be part of the landing party. Especially since he would always say, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor."

Because a Red Shirt was always bound to be killed!
(i only learned that from watching Big Bang)




You most definitely don't want to be a Red Shirt on Star Trek!
Of course, that still doesn't quite explain Dr. McCoy's presence among the landing party. Not really much that a doctor can do for a dead Red Shirt!

Unlike the brilliant doctor payload specialist in Gravity, it's funny that Wolowitz got to be a payload specialist on the Big Bang Theory even though he is famously not a "Dr." but just "Mr." Wolowitz!


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Re: Gravity new [Re: turtle86]
      #6132923 - 10/12/13 11:59 AM

But Mr Wolowitz did design the toilet on the Space Station! A rather important part!

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      #6133460 - 10/12/13 05:22 PM

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Neil Degrasse Tyson laid out the biggest flaw: why would a medical doctor even be on a mission to repair the Hubble Space telescope?




By similar token, I always wondered why Dr. McCoy on Star Trek would often be part of the landing party. Especially since he would always say, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor."




Hey, what was the Captain doing in the landing party?


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Re: Gravity new [Re: turtle86]
      #6134100 - 10/13/13 12:02 AM

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Unlike the brilliant doctor payload specialist in Gravity, it's funny that Wolowitz got to be a payload specialist on the Big Bang Theory even though he is famously not a "Dr." but just "Mr." Wolowitz!



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Re: Gravity new [Re: David Knisely]
      #6134770 - 10/13/13 11:07 AM

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It was a good visual spectacle (and gives a few things to think about, like just how dangerous spaceflight really is), but as a whole, I was kind of disappointed in GRAVITY (even in 3D). In a nutshell, not a lot of story to be had there, which was (other than the rather obvious orbital goofups) probably the biggest problem with the movie. As space movies go, it was definitely inferior to both Apollo 13 and the HBO space series "From The Earth To The Moon". I think that if it had been at an IMAX 3D theater, I would have rather sat through seeing MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION again rather than seeing Gravity one more time. Clear skies to you.




I agree, the story was just too thin to sustain the movie, and the action got repetitious. It was visually stunning, and often suspenseful, but had little substance otherwise.

Clear skies, Alan

Edited by Alan French (10/13/13 11:42 AM)


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Re: Gravity new [Re: Alan French]
      #6136038 - 10/13/13 10:56 PM

My wife and I saw the film this afternoon, and we were not disappointed. It is well worth seeing for the stunning visual effects alone, and I would highly recommend paying extra for the IMAX and 3-D. The story line might be simple, but that sure didn't hurt Apollo 13, and it doesn't hurt this film either, as the suspense is often riveting, made all the more so by the superb direction and Sandra Bullock's compelling performance. A big thumbs up.

Edited by turtle86 (10/14/13 12:00 PM)


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Re: Gravity new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6141950 - 10/16/13 10:18 PM

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Quote:

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Neil Degrasse Tyson laid out the biggest flaw: why would a medical doctor even be on a mission to repair the Hubble Space telescope?




By similar token, I always wondered why Dr. McCoy on Star Trek would often be part of the landing party. Especially since he would always say, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor."




Hey, what was the Captain doing in the landing party?




Because he was the best actor.


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      #6141964 - 10/16/13 10:25 PM

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It was a good visual spectacle (and gives a few things to think about, like just how dangerous spaceflight really is), but as a whole, I was kind of disappointed in GRAVITY (even in 3D). In a nutshell, not a lot of story to be had there, which was (other than the rather obvious orbital goofups) probably the biggest problem with the movie. As space movies go, it was definitely inferior to both Apollo 13 and the HBO space series "From The Earth To The Moon". I think that if it had been at an IMAX 3D theater, I would have rather sat through seeing MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION again rather than seeing Gravity one more time. Clear skies to you.




I agree, the story was just too thin to sustain the movie, and the action got repetitious. It was visually stunning, and often suspenseful, but had little substance otherwise.

Clear skies, Alan




The difference is Fiction vs. Non-Fiction. Gravity was never meant to be historical, but they did take the effort to make the HST, STS, ISS, and the space suits look as realistic as they possibly could. Expect to be entertained, not a NASA history lesson, and you will enjoy this action packed movie.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6142689 - 10/17/13 10:59 AM

faacanders wrote:

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The difference is Fiction vs. Non-Fiction. Gravity was never meant to be historical, but they did take the effort to make the HST, STS, ISS, and the space suits look as realistic as they possibly could. Expect to be entertained, not a NASA history lesson, and you will enjoy this action packed movie.




No, the difference is between having a good story line and not having one. Babylon 5 played fast and loose with the physics of space travel, but it had a very good story line that worked. Gravity didn't. I could have thought of many ways to make that movie into something more than a typical space disaster movie (ala "Marooned"), elevating the main character into something more memorable. It didn't happen. The movie was OK, but just wasn't what I had hoped it would be because the story line was kind of weak. Clear skies to you.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: David Knisely]
      #6143575 - 10/17/13 07:30 PM

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As space movies go, it was definitely inferior to both Apollo 13 and the HBO space series "From The Earth To The Moon". I think that if it had been at an IMAX 3D theater, I would have rather sat through seeing MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION again rather than seeing Gravity one more time. Clear skies to you.




I'm not sure it is really fair to compare a (albeit "hard") science fiction to movies recreating actual historic events. In the case of the latter, the story kind of wrote itself.

Could there have been more story? Absolutely. Yet it does succeed somewhat in its simplicity telling a story entirely in space and keeping the viewer interested while avoiding (for the most part) too many preposterous situations.

I would venture that "Momentum" or "Inertia" would have been a more appropriate title than Gravity.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: starbux]
      #6144071 - 10/18/13 12:49 AM

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I'm not sure it is really fair to compare a (albeit "hard") science fiction to movies recreating actual historic events. In the case of the latter, the story kind of wrote itself.

Could there have been more story? Absolutely. Yet it does succeed somewhat in its simplicity telling a story entirely in space and keeping the viewer interested while avoiding (for the most part) too many preposterous situations.

I would venture that "Momentum" or "Inertia" would have been a more appropriate title than Gravity.




Both Gravity and Apollo 13 have essentially the same simple plot (returning home safely by way of ingenious improvisations after disaster strikes in space) but I don't hear anyone complaining about Apollo 13 having a simple plot.

Seems to me that space itself was a major "character" in Gravity; a very big part of what the film was trying to do what was put the viewer himself in space to convey what a simultaneously beautiful and scary place it is, a modern version of Wordsworth's notion of the "sublime" on steroids. I think a more cluttered plot would've gotten in the way of that. As it was, I thought the film might've been even better without the extraneous bit about Ryan's dead daughter.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6144826 - 10/18/13 12:50 PM

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Neil Degrasse Tyson laid out the biggest flaw: why would a medical doctor even be on a mission to repair the Hubble Space telescope?




By similar token, I always wondered why Dr. McCoy on Star Trek would often be part of the landing party. Especially since he would always say, "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor."




Hey, what was the Captain doing in the landing party?




Because he was the best actor.




Yeah. And, the space babes weren't going to swoon over McCoy.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6146843 - 10/19/13 02:53 PM

Just saw the IMAX 3D version with my wife. Spectacular visuals and we both enjoyed the "simple" plot. 3D was really well done and not overused. Loved the one 3D teardrop with the reflection. Sandra Bullock was very believable. My wife almost broke my hand holding onto it a couple of times. I guess I'm glad I'm not a technical space science analyst so I can enjoy a good science fiction movie when it comes along. I feel a bit sorry for those who can't.

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Re: Gravity new [Re: David Knisely]
      #6146918 - 10/19/13 03:38 PM

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faacanders wrote:

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The difference is Fiction vs. Non-Fiction. Gravity was never meant to be historical, but they did take the effort to make the HST, STS, ISS, and the space suits look as realistic as they possibly could. Expect to be entertained, not a NASA history lesson, and you will enjoy this action packed movie.




No, the difference is between having a good story line and not having one. Babylon 5 played fast and loose with the physics of space travel, but it had a very good story line that worked. Gravity didn't. I could have thought of many ways to make that movie into something more than a typical space disaster movie (ala "Marooned"), elevating the main character into something more memorable. It didn't happen. The movie was OK, but just wasn't what I had hoped it would be because the story line was kind of weak. Clear skies to you.




As a kid I enjoyed Marooned in the theaters also.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: rockethead26]
      #6147210 - 10/19/13 06:17 PM

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Just saw the IMAX 3D version with my wife. Spectacular visuals and we both enjoyed the "simple" plot. 3D was really well done and not overused. Loved the one 3D teardrop with the reflection. Sandra Bullock was very believable. My wife almost broke my hand holding onto it a couple of times. I guess I'm glad I'm not a technical space science analyst so I can enjoy a good science fiction movie when it comes along. I feel a bit sorry for those who can't.




I agree. Even astronauts who've seen the film, and would know better than just about anyone about any technical errors (and indeed pointed some of them out), were still able to enjoy it. Here's astronaut Garrett Reisman's take:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/10/17/what-does-a-real-astronaut-think...

His story about Neil Armstrong at the end is very appropriate to this thread.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: turtle86]
      #6149782 - 10/21/13 12:20 PM

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Just saw the IMAX 3D version with my wife. Spectacular visuals and we both enjoyed the "simple" plot. 3D was really well done and not overused. Loved the one 3D teardrop with the reflection. Sandra Bullock was very believable. My wife almost broke my hand holding onto it a couple of times. I guess I'm glad I'm not a technical space science analyst so I can enjoy a good science fiction movie when it comes along. I feel a bit sorry for those who can't.




I agree. Even astronauts who've seen the film, and would know better than just about anyone about any technical errors (and indeed pointed some of them out), were still able to enjoy it. Here's astronaut Garrett Reisman's take:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/10/17/what-does-a-real-astronaut-think...

His story about Neil Armstrong at the end is very appropriate to this thread.




Funny that Neal Armstrong's son said he couldn't watch a space movie with his dad, because his dad would complain about any inacuracy. It's just a fictional movie - enjoy it!


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Re: Gravity new [Re: faackanders2]
      #6150381 - 10/21/13 06:37 PM

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Funny that Neal Armstrong's son said he couldn't watch a space movie with his dad, because his dad would complain about any inacuracy. It's just a fictional movie - enjoy it!




Right on. I enjoyed the movie and frankly just don't see a downside to watching Sandra Bullock cavorting around in her skivvies.


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Re: Gravity new [Re: rmollise]
      #6151727 - 10/22/13 01:32 PM

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Right on. I enjoyed the movie and frankly just don't see a downside to watching Sandra Bullock cavorting around in her skivvies.




One of the astronauts reviewing the film noted that having her cavorting around in her skivvies wasn't realistic, but he otherwise didn't seem to complain too much about it.


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