Posted in films & DVD, Science fiction


I have recently watched the exciting and enjoyable, multiple Oscar winning, 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 Tim Webber. 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.

Unfortunately High-speed debris from a previous collision between two other satellites hurtles towards and 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 also been damaged by the debris far beyond repair, 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. However The the ISS’s crew has already evacuated into one of its two Soyuz TMA capsules and The remaining Soyuz TMA-14M capsule cannot be used to reenter Earth’s atmospere, So Kowalski suggests using it to travel to the nearby Chinese space station Tiangong, 100 km (60 mi) away, in order to board a Chinese module to return safely to Earth. With Air rapidly running out and power drained from the rockets Kowalski is forced to make a desperate decision.

Eventually Stone enters the space station via an airlock but cannot re-establish communication with Kowalski, and she concludes that she is the sole survivor. Inside the station, a fire breaks out, forcing her to rush to the Soyuz. So she attempts to maneuvers the capsule away from the ISS, However the debris field destroys the station. So Stone aligns the Soyuz with Tiangong, but then discovers that Soyuz’s engine has no fuel. So Stone  resigns herself to being stranded in space and shuts down the cabin’s oxygen supply. As she slips into unconciousness she begins to hallucinate, and imagines Kowalski who tells her to rig the Soyuz’s soft landing jets to propel the capsule toward Tiangong. Sadly Stone is Unable to maneuver the Soyuz to dock with the station, but improvises and ejects herself via explosive decompression and uses a fire extinguisher as a makeshift thruster to travel the final metres to Tiangong, Stone then enters the Shenzhou capsule just as Tiangong starts to break up on the upper edge of Earth’s atmosphere. After re-entering the atmosphere, Stone hears Mission Control, which is tracking the capsule and sending a rescue. But due to a harsh reentry and the premature jettison of the heat shield, a fire has started in the capsule and Stone is faced with yet more problems as she hurtles towards Earth.

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