Finally decided to sit down and watch Gravity.
From the very beginning of the movie's release, I could not see how it could possibly last for more than five minutes after Ryan gets untethered. When she first goes spinning off into the void at a considerable velocity, I said, "THE END."
Since they made a big deal about trying to get the science right, it really should have ended there. With the pitiful jets on Clooney's MMU, he wouldn't have been able to match her velocity, nor would he have had the fuel to do so and get safely back.
And there are so many instances where they should have shattered bones and broken limbs grabbing onto shit while spinning out of control.
If the initial satellite that was destroyed was in a lower orbit, I do not understand how its various pieces could have maintained such a perilous velocity moving completely against the pull of gravity. I don't, therefore, see how it could have posed a danger to other satellites, which themselves acted as hyper-velocity shotgun pellets that destroyed the shuttle and the ISS in totally different orbits.
There are also instances of pieces of debris outracing other pieces of debris, like when her capsule is making re-entry and starts getting pelted by shit from behind it...from the same explosion.
But...whatever. The movie absolutely wouldn't have worked without these conceits, just as with any other instance of suspended disbelief in a sci-fi movie. They'd be nothing more than nitpicks if there wasn't such a clamor about the movie "getting the science right." And since most people don't know about this shit anyway, it's easily ignored. I mean, it's a movie, not a NatGeo documentary about why mishaps in space are almost always fatal. So I can dismiss the mistakes.
And with disbelief suspended, it wasn't a bad flick. I liked it up until the ending, where it simply got too heavy-handed with the whole "triumph of the human spirit" thing. But even that wasn't really a deal-breaker.
"You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute,
And now and then stab, as occasion serves."
Edward II: Act 2 Scene 1, by Christopher Marlowe