Jerry Brown <je...@jwbrown.co.uk.invalid> wrote in
You recall incorrectly.
> but within the
> invented physics of the film these were a logical result of the
> anti-gravity mineral that the Evil Company was exploiting the
> planet in the first place.
The entire premise was fairly stupid, and the "message" was, as is
so often the case with Hollywood, that modern, technological,
western society is evil and you should be ashamed to be part of it
(and give poor people all your money). The producers of such drivel
are, of course, exceptions.
> In fact, a sample of this rock had already been shown hovering
> in a desk display an hour earlier, setting up the later reveal
> of the floating (not flying) mountain (leaving aside the
> internal logic of the film, I recall reading somewhere that the
> mountain was a shout-out to a 70s prog rock album cover, maybe
> by Roger Dean?).
> My own suspension of disbelief is clearly much laxer, so for
> example I have no problem with spacecraft flybys being
> accompanied by a "whoosh" sound, as I consider this to come from
> the same place as the musical score.
> An example that DID bother me was "Gravity" which was supposedly
> a non-SF technological action film with 100% accurate physics.
Supposedly, perhaps, but nobody believed it at the time, including
the people in it.
> This physics somehow allowed the various space craft and the
> recurrent menacing debris cloud to be able to travel at
> different angular velocities in the same orbit.
One of the bigger errors in the science.
One thing it got right, that Avatar didn't, however, was that it
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