Fair warning, this little critique of the hit movie ‘Gravity’ will greatly reduce your enjoyment of it, especially if you recall your high school physics. Based on the rave reviews it has been getting (I read Joe Morgenstern in the WSJ), we and another couple went to see it last Sunday. The saving grace of our double date was the dinner afterwards at the Northridge.
The movie deals with the aftermath of an irresponsible Russian satellite intercept test that creates a debris field of satellite and missile pieces which happen to be co-orbiting with the Hubble telescope, the International Space Station, and China’s space station. The movie’s two astronauts (its only characters) undertax the talents of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock; but hey, they had to cast some names to carry a story line that suffers as much damage as do the shuttle, space stations, and the Hubble telescope during this explosion riddled space thriller.