NASA astronauts and scientists alike commend the movie Gravity for its attention to detail and realistic depiction of what life is like in outer space, however the blockbuster film comes up short in a number of ways.
Even so, it’s safe to say that the movie’s creators may have been fully aware of many of these misinterpretations of reality, and went ahead with them to enhance the story.
Here are seven errors we found within this highly acclaimed outer space movie;
1. George Clooney Didn’t Need to Die
A little drama in a movie, no matter the genre, is a compelling force to lure movie-goers, however in this case it just didn’t make much sense.
When George Clooney was convinced that both his character and that of Sandra Bullock would die in space if he didn’t sacrifice himself, he couldn’t be more wrong.
When Bullock was grappling onto Clooney, they were completely still –but once Clooney announced his theory that he needed to go or they’d both die, a seemingly magical force began to whisk his mortal coil away from Bullock, and she was left behind.
With all of the rope grabbing going on, it doesn’t make sense that he didn’t make more effort to save himself, with or without Bullock’s help.
2. Astronauts Aren’t That Grabby
The gloves that space suits are equipped with aren’t very comfortable, and in fact, they can be the source of a lot of pain.
Pressurized space suit gloves can be incredibly difficult to manipulate, and the trapeze-style one-handed hand or rope grabs that happened throughout the movie simply wouldn’t be possible.
In addition to lacking dexterity, these space gloves typically leave the hands of astronauts that fill them sore and freezing cold by the end of a long day in the stars.
3. They Forgot About Surface Tension
When so many complex details were respected in Gravity, it is a little annoying that this little titbit was overlooked for the sake of effect. A central character crying can still evoke the emotion the director was going for without CGI teardrops floating through a gravity-less space vehicle.
When Sandra Bullock began to tear up in the movie, her tears would have been stuck to her face due to surface tension, and not floating around the cabin.
4. Even With a Jetpack, No One is Floating From One Space Station to Another
Perhaps the most glaring mistake of reality in Gravity is when George Clooney’s character floats from outside one space station, past all of the debris and fibreglass cloth, to another one.
There is no possible way that an astronaut in a jetpack could ever drift from a higher orbit over 100 kilometres to another space station in lower orbit –with a fire extinguisher. It just isn’t possible. Nope, no sir. Nada.
5. The Astronauts Couldn’t Possibly Know This Little About Each Other
Once astronauts are assigned a mission, they begin training for the journey together almost immediately, and that training goes on for months. Months!
Unless earth’s gravity renders their vocal chords mute and they’re only able to verbally communicate in zero gravity, this makes zero sense.
6. Sandra Bullock’s Got One Hell of a Bladder
Space diapers aren’t very attractive, and they’re really frumpy. Sandra Bullock’s bum is attractive, and is not frumpy. Touché, movie magic. Touché.
7. George Clooney Secretly Tried to Kill Sandra Bullock
When Sandra Bullock’s character in Gravity was down to 2% of oxygen remaining in her air tank, why did George keep getting her to talk. Death wish? Maybe.
I might have too because she’s always franticly shouting. It’s annoying. Anyone who’s ever seen The Net or Speed just might agree.