Originally Posted by Scholar
If you guys remember the part where ... the fact that so many people accepted in the theater that that was plausible bothered me. People actually applauded as Clooney hopped in.
Even though it turned out to be ... I felt like this movie proved how stupid people are. They simply accepted that it's possible to just hold your breath in space to survive.
that was predictable as hell. i knew what was happening as soon as it started. i almost laughed and spoke out loud that it was a you know what. but i thought fast and figured ppl in the theater would kick my ass for spoiling it for them.
Originally Posted by Rake2204
Aside from the part you mentioned, I'm not sure I could have explained or noticed any other real scientific inconsistencies. I mean, I assume the inconsistencies were there, I'm just impressed when it appears so easy for other folks to point them out and criticize the movie for it.
here are some other inconsistencies:
the flaw in Sandra Bullock's character. it's hard to believe NASA would let out someone in space that is: easy to panic, works poorly in zero-gravity (can't believe she forgets to tether tools in space!), and forgets elementary laws of motion under duress (letting the fire extinguisher loose before bracing for the opposite push is just dumb) (i assume they train for this kind of stuff).
George Clooney's character also had a brainfart. being wasteful of his jet pack's propulsion system when he could've just used a tiny amount to correct trajectory and allow momentum to carry them to the Shoyu station. Sandra's initial launch after the debris hit was also kind of unbelievable. she should've been thrown clear off away from earth at hurtling speeds. space is a vacuum, and in a vacuum, there is no friction. no way in hell can energy be diminished without an opposite force to counteract it. the debris that hit them was travelling at enormous speeds. physics dictate that when the debris hit them, part of it's force should transfer to them. there were two scenarios possible. Sandra would hurtle into far space at speeds that would be far too fast for Clooney to catch up, or she would hurtle into earth's atmosphere, get caught by the earth's gravity, and fall into earth. it wasn't possible for her to spin slowly in orbit. the force was enough to knock everyone out of the satellite's orbit.
but as most ppl have said, the physics inconsistencies are not enough to wreck the movie. they're not gamebreaking in any way. the movie was well done enough that it affected the viewer emotionally.