A new survey shows that most U.S. citizens feel surprisingly at ease with the concept of going to a movie theater for about an hour and a half to watch actress Sandra Bullock get sucked towards the deepest caverns of outer space, where she will presumably die.
“It looks like a really cool movie,” said 26-year-old Samantha McClain after seeing the YouTube trailer for the new film Gravity, in which an astronaut played by Bullock helplessly gasps for air and struggles against the unforgiving tides of our planet’s stratosphere, being pulled, it would seem, to her inevitable death. “I just can’t believe they made it look so real. Everything is just how I would have imaged space, especially the part where Sandra Bullock gets violently tossed around like a weightless rag-doll, crying out for her dear life.”
The scientific community expressed similar sentiments, praising Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón for his realistic depiction of outer space.
“I haven’t seen the full film yet,” said NASA astronaut Mike Massimino. “But from what I have seen, it looks like a spectacular movie that truly mimics the feeling of being in space. All of it is just spot on—the way the earth looks on a spacewalk, the way light reflects off the astronauts’ visors, and the way Sandra Bullock makes those adorable little grunting sounds while she flails around as a lonely white speck in the vast blackness of our universe.”
“It’s amazing how far cinema technologies have come,” added Massimino.