Hollywood Science

Hollywood Science The Gravity is a film that presents a ic science fiction movie that attempts to detail aesthetics, engineering, and space exploration with the intent of keeping the reality of science. The film does an outstanding job of delivering deliver the message about the space to the audience, but it has some minor scientific inconsistencies. Alfonso Cuaron, the director, writer, and producer of the movie, captures astronauts stranded in the space after the destruction of their space shuttle’s orbit and subsequent efforts to return to the Earth (Kluger). The film presents the scenario of doing a spacewalk extremely well. Notably, the visual impact of the astronauts to possess only the glass of their helmet between them and the Earth is legitimate in scientific terms. Similarly, the director renders the physicality and movement during the spacewalk in an accurate manner. Many scenes reveal the challenging attempt of the astronauts to start a motion and stop it in the vacuum place. It is scientifically correct that stopping motion in the vacuum is difficult. Although the execution of realism by detailing the real danger of the space travel is evident in the film, the closer examination of Gravity shows minor scientific flaws. Largely, the film Gravity violates the laws of physics. Notably, it is difficult for the astronauts to hop from a particular spacecraft to another easily. The shift from one station to the other demands tremendous energy, as well as, careful planning in order to change the orbits. The capturing of the simplicity to navigate in the space evokes questions about the plausibility of the application of the laws of physics. Hence, the film makes a notable error in presenting the shifting as an easy endeavor in the space. Similarly, the film fails to utilize the fundamental facts of science when the director presents a character struggling out in a vacuum. It is a mystery for Clooney to release Bullock’s tether, and the attempt makes the two characters to drift away from each other. In reality, the space has zero gravity. Thus, the scientific laws should dictate that a single tug would automatically bring bodies together instead of separating them. Efthimbiou and Ralph contend that a failure to incorporate fundamental scientific facts render sci-fiction films less informing. In essence, the film recreates the shuttle, the spacesuits, and space station perhaps to add drama or extend the plot. Arguably, overemphasis of the simulation of the physics about thrusts and counter-spin is noticeable in the Gravity film. The rotation of the satellite debris highlights the application of flimsy physics. Notably, almost all the satellites orbit Earth from the West to the East. However, the film depicts the satellite debris orbiting from the East to the West. The fundamental scientific flaw indicates that Gravity wrong captured the rotation of the objects around the earth. Arguably, the director forgot this basic scientific detail while attempting to reveal the dangers of the space travel the glorious imaginary science fiction film. The failure to capture the scientific facts is an enormous blunder that many science fiction movies commit (Efthimbiou and Ralph 30). In many Hollywood science fiction movies, many scientific facts are conspicuously absent. The directors tend to focus on the thrilling aspect of the films, and leave out the basic scientific facts. Efthimbiou and Ralph believe that the directors of the films intend to incorporate some drama to capture the attention of the audience (31). Nonetheless, it is important to examine the effects of failing to leave the scientific flaws unattended as they are in the Gravity film. In essence, it is critically significant for the films capturing the basic fact in order to avoid the violation of the known laws and information. Works CitedEfthimbiou, Costas, and Ralph, Llewellyn. Avatars of Hollywood in Physical Science. The Physics Teacher 44, (2006): 28-33. Print. Kluger, Jeffrey. Gravity fact check: What the season’s big movie gets wrong. Time 01 Oct. 2013. Print.

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