What Buzz Aldrin thinks of 'Gravity'
October 4th, 2013
12:19 PM ET

What Buzz Aldrin thinks of 'Gravity'

It's one thing for the masses to love new movie "Gravity" - as its RottenTomatoes.com score of 98 percent fresh indicates - but the true test will be whether it passes muster with the pros.

Here's the good news: one such professional, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, loves it.

In a guest review for The Hollywood Reporter, the second man to walk on the moon said he was "extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity" in Alfonso Cuarón's space thriller.

"We're in a very precarious position of losing all the advancements we've made in space that we did 40 years ago, 50 years ago," Aldrin, 83, writes in his review. "From my perspective, this movie couldn't have come at a better time to really stimulate the public. I was very, very impressed with it."

Not only did Cuarón and his team get the technical aspects of what it's like to go through the space station right, but their project also sheds light on the precarious situations astronauts can find themselves in.

"Gravity" stars George Clooney as one such veteran space explorer, and Sandra Bullock as a medical engineer embarking on her first shuttle mission. Aldrin said he was "happy to see someone moving around the spacecraft" the way Clooney does.

"It really points out the degree of confusion and bumping into people, and when the tether gets caught, you're going to be pulled - I think the simulation of the dynamics was remarkable," he added.

That's not to say it was perfect - Aldrin thought there weren't enough clouds in shots that showed Earth and its features, and he also noted that actual astronauts are "probably not as lighthearted as Clooney and ... Bullock" when people are "in some position of jeopardy outside the spacecraft."

So far, "Gravity" is shaping up to have a sizable box office haul. By Friday morning the movie had earned $1.4 million from midnight shows, and observers are expecting Cuarón's buzzed-about project to earn $35-to-$40 million by the time the weekend's done.

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  1. Rich

    Watched Gravity last night. That movie can be summed up in one word: intense. It has quiet, slow moments, but most of the movie is just one crisis after another. Very good movie.

    October 10, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. ponder this

    remember the movie "the incredible shrinking man" ? that movie would end and then the blue angels would fly across your black and white television set to the prose " ...for I have gone where no eagles fly.... and touched the hand of God..." and then... the test pattern would hummmmm for a moment or two and your station would invite you back tomorrow for another full day of broadcasting... that was a good time

    October 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Glenn

    Loved the show! But one little flaw... Clooney never should have been 'taut' at the end of that tether to Bullock. There are no taut ropes in space unless you are spinning or jetting. Clooney was doing neither. He should've easily been reeled back in!

    October 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juxtapoz

      "Clooney never should have been 'taut' at the end of that tether to Bullock. There are no taut ropes in space unless you are spinning or jetting."

      He had just flown 100 miles or so using a jet pack, crash 'landed' on the outside of an abandoned space station, and tumbled onward until someone grabbed a tether with nothing holding her but a few ropes.Given how hard he hit that station without anything to stop him I'd bet that can get rid of the slack pretty fast.

      October 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rev. Rick

    I respect what Aldrin did, but he is an arrogant jerk. Back in the 1990s, I attended a space conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I got friendly autographs from Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman, but Buzz Aldrin waved me off and turned his back. Did the same to several others who were expressing excitement over seeing him there. He left a very poor impression as a person.

    October 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Aldrin doesn't give autographs. I'm sure he could have explained so in a nice way, but most people aren't going to take "Yeah, hey, my autograph is worth money, so I'd rather not hand them out for free" in a nice way, no matter the tone.

      October 10, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Actually, I have to correct myself. Did more research, Armstrong didn't do autographs, Aldrin does.

      October 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      You can't base your entire assessment of a person on one extremely brief interaction. I got his autograph, by the way. Maybe you just didn't ask nice enough 😉

      October 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plain Jane

      You know nothing about this person and that is why you were punished in front of everyone just now.

      October 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Catskinner

    Who cares if it's realistic? You think Wyatt Earp was the good guy Hollywood made him out to be? It's just entertainment. If it makes the popcorn taste better, it's a good flick.

    October 8, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. forgiving critic

    I questioned the light-heartedness in distressed situations also. Don't think I'd be so easy-going in the same.

    Secondly, at least ONE piece of high-speed shrapnel WOULD HAVE hit each of them. It defies probability otherwise... but it would have been a very short movie then... lol.

    And yes, the cinematography WAS awesome, right down to the weightlessness effects... except Bullock's tears WOULD NOT float off her face like they did.

    youtube the canadian astronaut and the wet rag experiment for proof.

    October 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juxtapoz

      "I questioned the light-heartedness in distressed situations also."
      First, if people can find a reason to chuckle on their death beds in hospitals(and believe me, lots of people become comedians in hospitals as part of the whole pretending-to-be-brave thing) it can happen in a space disaster. It just depends on the person, I suspect.

      You talk about probability. How many times has a disaster on the level of what happened in this film(and I'm talking about ALL the damage caused by the original blown-up satellite) occurred in real life?

      I've seen the wet rag thing too, but if you watch it again you'll see a few drops fly off. In fact they tend to fly off here and there when his hands release the rag. The fact that water tends to stick to things doesn't mean it's impossible for the blink of an eyelash to flick a tear out of your eye, especially when keeping things out of your eyes is basically what your lashes are designed to do.

      October 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • He hates me so what i m not married too him...

      i would still do him

      October 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. el dono

    Remember 2001 A Space Odyssey back in 1968?

    October 5, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. spaceflight101

    I went through a time of having extremely lucid dreams about working in space for weeks after the loss of Columbia and her crew. The true sensation of microgravity is the feeling of nothing pulling on any part of your body. I sometimes weep because the dreams stopped after I attended a CAIB hearing in DC. I miss that feeling.
    It put me on a path that led to being a guest for the launch of STS-135 and Atlantis.
    Thank you for your service, Mr. Aldrin, and for the inspiration.

    October 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |

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