Gravity

imageI have recently watched the exciting and enjoyable science fiction film Gravity again on DVD. Directed by Alphonso Cueron (Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men and Y Tu Mama Tambien), with visual effects by special effects wizard Tim Webber. It won 7 Oscars at the Academy Awards and offers thrills, danger, humour and dazzling special effects,

It stars Sandra Bullock, as Bio-medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone, a Mission Specialist on her first space shuttle mission, STS-157, who is accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), who is commanding his final expedition, to service the Hubble Telescope. However during the final spacewalk Mission Control in Houston warns Stone and Kowalski that a field of Debris from a Russian missile strike on a defunct satellite is hurtling rapidly towards the Space Shuttle at high speed and they must abort the mission. Shortly afterward, communications from Mission Control are lost, though Stone and Kowalski continue to transmit in hopes that the ground crew can hear them.

Then when High-speed debris damages the space shuttle Explorer Stone tumbles out of control away from it. Kowalski rescues Stone and Tethered together, the two make their way back to Explorer, which they discover has been damaged far beyond usability, and the rest of the crew are dead. So They decide to try and make their way to the International Space Station (ISS), which is in orbit only about 100 km (60 mi) away. But this is fraught with danger and Kowalski estimates they only have 90 minutes before the debris field completes an orbit and threatens them again. Then the International Space Station is also damaged by the Debris so they make for the Chinese space station Shenzhou and they face a race against time to find safety nearly 400 miles above the Earth, with no one to help…

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