Wednesday, March 26, 2014

That's weird, so "Gravity" turns out to be fiction? Could've fooled me

**Spoiler alert: This movie is listed under fiction. Gasp shock.**
***No but really there are spoilers to the movie you've been warned***

I went to see "Gravity" some weeks ago with some friends and I enjoyed it for the action and the drama, it had me twisted up in suspense on the edge of my seat while Sandra Bullock flipped uncontrollably on the edge of space. I had seen an interview Sandra Bullock did with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show and as she tried to describe the amount of work each frame required, Jon flapped his arms in desperation and she took the hint and conceded "sorry not CGI, we were in space, we were in space."

What surprised me later was the backlash "Gravity" received for inaccuracy. Seriously? Have you seen that movie? Sandra Bullock jumped (in space! where you technically can't jump!) from the Soyuz to the Chinese ship, she controlled her movements with a fire hydrant (in space!), she flipped head over heels several times without throwing up once! OF COURSE it's inaccurate, that's why it's called fiction. Just in case you didn't know:


The keyword here being "imaginary" then there's also "invented" and "untrue" incase the word "fiction" doesn't do it.

I don't feel like it's worth ripping into a movie about whether the space suit was correct or whether Sandra Bullock should have worn a diaper for believability (though that would have reinforced the birth scene when she rolled into the fetal position).

Our favorite scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson runs a series of tweets questioning the movie's accuracy (he called it "Mysteries of Gravity" haha), but then he ends it with "I actually enjoyed the movie." One of his tweets did ring a little with me though:

Mysteries of : Why we enjoy a SciFi film set in make-believe space more than we enjoy actual people set in real space

It's true, you might wonder, why is that? I feel like the sad truth boils down to marketing; NASA has not branded space travel interesting enough to get viewers to get up on the weekends and check the news on NASA's latest funding updates.

Maybe if NASA can get Miley to twerk the countdown to launch then NASA can enjoy a healthy boost of public interest. Oh if only.



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