Mechanical by Bruno Flexer

Mechanical by Bruno Flexer
Mechanical by Bruno Flexer

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney - Great Movie Science Fiction and Fantasy

Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney


Seen it in glorious 3D (with plastic 3D glasses that were LIGHT - I had a sore nose for a week after seeing it in 3D with the glasses that were offered then ...) and have several thoughts and conclusions about this movie.

First and foremost, for most of the movie I held my seat's armrests and did not let go. This movie is so full of suspense it's hard to believe. The fact I've seen it late at night in a mostly empty theater only helped ...

The interesting thing is, and this is part of what makes this film so interesting, there are no bad guys in the film, no aliens or enemies or wicked engineers or anything. It's just people and their fight to survive.

And where's the science fiction element? It is true that the film takes place in space, but in fact almost nothing there is new, in a science fiction context. The international space station exist, there are (or were) space shuttles and emergency reentry modules and even anti satellite missiles, like the one the Russians used to take out their own satellite exist in one form or another for more than forty years.

Actually, there is no Chinese space station yet and there is no space suit with enough propellant to keep thrust active for several hours, as George Clooney's character had.

So, it is science fiction movie?

Well, fantasy it is not. Nothing in the film remotely connected to fantasy.

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