The Scariest Part of “Gravity” is the Lack Thereof

by Jason Major on September 5, 2013

I love science fiction films and I especially love it when the “science” part leans closer to fact than fiction. (Yes, I’m looking at you, Europa Report.) Now I’ve never seen an actual catastrophe in orbit (and I hope I never do) but I have to assume it’d look a whole lot like what’s happening in the upcoming film “Gravity,” opening in U.S. theaters on October 4. This full official trailer was released today.

A disaster film sure becomes a whole lot more interesting when everything is moving 18,000 miles an hour and there’s no up or down. And, of course, space. (!!!)

So what do you think? Will you be seeing Gravity? Share your thoughts in the comments…

Just for the sake of conversation, here’s just a few curious things I happened to notice in the trailer:

1. I’d be a whole lot more upset than Sandra seems to be. Yes, she’s breathing heavily… my personal reaction would sound much less family-freindly.

2. The debris flying toward the Station/Shuttle probably wouldn’t be visible, especially if it were coming head-on. Orbital velocity in zero-g* is fast — much faster than bullets fly — and I doubt you’d even see it coming. But then, it IS a movie.

3. The odds that the main characters would make it that far alive (nevermind much further) are pretty bad, I’d think. I guess that’s the whole point.

4. I wouldn’t say life in space is impossible… after all, tardigrades do quite well for a time. Maybe they just meant life for Hollywood actors.

Still, I can’t help but be excited about a film about “real” space flight (even if the result is making it seem horrifying and dangerous.) I’m sure there’ll be a whole laundry list of eyebrow-raising technicalities, but I usually try to not let that ruin the whole film for me. As they said in the MST3K theme, “remember that it’s just a show — you should really just relax.”

See the official film site here.

*Yes, I’m aware there’s a difference between microgravity and freefall and an actual absence of gravity. You know what I meant.

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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

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