"Ripping it a new one" is something of an overstatement there. He's having fun nitpicking, as many of us do. Some of his points were quite valid, while others (e.g. about the title) are patently silly. Gravity is in fact present throughout the movie, driving much of the threat, and has a major effect on the outcome. Sure, they're in "zero g" but that doesn't actually mean there's no gravity - as he well knows. And NdGT may have overlooked the dual meaning of the title, and the symbolism of the final scene. Oh well. Other things - well, I kind of want to see it again, partly to review the explanations they gave for some things.
To give a very simple answer, IMHO, no, there is no story here(at least, there is no good story).
What we see is - fantastic special effects, very nice acting, and very good attempt by director to develop a (quite ordinary) so-called story.
I don't want to give spoilers, but I didn't understand what is going on in first half, and by the time movie was 60% over, I already knew how this is gonna end.
It looks more like a NASA documentary than a movie - and if you've seen a NASA documentary, or are aware of facts about astronaut and spacewalks, then you can make a pretty decent list of things which are technically wrong/impossible in this movie.
However, if you are fan of Cuarón/Bullock/Clooney - go ahead and watch the movie. All of them have given very good performance.
Of course, this is my personal opinion, which may very well be wrong
We finally saw it this weekend: loved it. It was extremely intense: my nine-year-old was a little upset by it. Saw it in 3D and all of us had a little motion sickness -- that's never happened to me before, anyway.
Although there are some little flaws in physics and logic, as NDT points out, in general the overall treatment of science and technology is excellent. They clearly had some top-notch advisors working on this project.
The story is no weaker than the ones that drive most blockbuster films, although with the pacing, the spareness, and the small number of actors, it actually reminded me of a Samuel Beckett play in some ways. As far as not following the story in places: I suspect it really helps if you have a certain level of knowledge of the Soviet and American space programs and vehicles. If they say something about the Soyuz for the first time and you can recognize them on the screen, you are going to have a better appreciation for what's going on.
I finally went to see it. 3D not IMAX. I liked the 3D effects. They really did a good job on that. Especially the layers and little 3D objects. I liked the table tennis rackets in the air.
There were a couple points where I think I would have felt a little motion sickness had Ernest not warned about that. That happened to me when I was younger seeing IMAX movies. The "trick" is to anchor to the side of the screen so you see mostly the movie but something solid in your peripheral vision. Like the side of the screen or an exit sign. After staying like that for a minute or so, the feeling always passed. In my movie theatre there is a row the first row in the upper half has a metal railing. Some people like me get there early to put their feet up. The downside of that row is that you do have the metal bar in your peripheral vision. It doesn't block the screen, but you can see it. Which was just perfect for this problem.
Great movie. Worth watching in 3D. Most of the technical inaccurarcies are too technical and can be ignored However, one thing that annoyed me the most was the warning sirens. I don't know but I don't think they actually have those loud sirens for fire or other alerts on the space stations. Do they? Seemed like a Bond movie set
Second annoying thing was when she was trying to communicate with the Chinese and they didn't understand a word of English. Very hard to digest.
Mike Simmons wrote:Other movies that respect no sound in space include Serenity and Silent Running. And, I assume, Europa Report, though I haven't seen that yet.
And if I'm recalling correctly, Outland.
The Star Trek Reboot also did silence in space. And they did it in a cool way -- the sound cut off as the camera actually went though a hull breach during a space battle. It went from intense space battle sounds to none.
Of course, stuff such as going to warp (the ship from the space point of view), still had sound. IMO, if they made those scenes silent, Star Trek fans would have cried bloody murder.