I've promised to not give anything away about the new movie "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. I'll tell you the visuals were awesome, the most realistic looking space movie I've ever seen, and this is saying a lot because I've seen them all. Right down to the hardware which, for the most part looks accurate. Spring for the extra couple bucks and see it in 3D and you'll feel like you're in space.
I'm a big-time space geek and have met many of the actual astronauts and discussed their missions with them. Here are a few things I noticed that weren't quite right, but you shouldn't let these stop you from seeing it, because it's really, really good.
1. Clooney plays shuttle mission commander "Lieutenant Matt Kowalski." As far as I know, no lieutenant (a junior officer) has ever been in space. It's colonels and navy captains up there in the cockpit, or civillians of similar grade. Maybe they meant to say "Lt. colonel?"
2. During the crisis, Kowalski asks Bullock's character, Dr. Ryan Stone some "get to know you" questions like "Where do you call home" and "Anybody waiting for you back on Earth?" By launch day, astronaut crews would have been training together day and night for years. A commander would probably know the background of each crew member better than their own family.
3. There's no way a medical doctor like Ryan would have been assigned to go up and do a Hubble telescope repair or upgrade. That's a job for an engineer, not an MD.
4. It's been mentioned to death already, but the Hubble and International Space Station are not right next door to each other. Okay, I'll give this one up! Works for the plot.
5. The astronauts keep calling each other by title: "Doctor Stone?" "Yes, Lieutenant Kowalsk?" "Have you seen Doctor Pepper?" "Yes, he and Sgt. Pepper are watching Doctor Oz." In real life, they're pretty much all PhDs now and nobody flashes around titles. First names only has pretty much been the rule in space since the beginning.
6. Under space suits, real astronauts wear a bulky "long-underwear" garment, nothing like the clingy little shorts and tank top worn by fit and trim Sandra Bullock. I am totally okay with this minor detour from reality, which enhanced my viewing enjoyment by 20 percent. Is George Clooney wearning this same outfit under his space suit? I can't tell you. No spoilers, remember?