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->''"At 600KM above planet Earth the temperature''
->''fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit[[note]]or 125.6 and -100 degrees Celsius[[/note]].''
->''There is nothing to carry sound.''
->''No air pressure.''
->''No oxygen.''
->''Life in space is impossible."''

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->''"At 600KM ->''At 600 km above planet Earth the temperature''
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temperature\\
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between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit[[note]]or 125.6 and -100 degrees Celsius[[/note]].''
->''There
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There
is nothing to carry sound.''
->''No
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No
air pressure.''
->''No
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oxygen.''
->''Life
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Life
in space is impossible."''''



!!This film provides examples of:

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!!This film !!''Gravity'' provides examples of:



* ArtisticLicense: Dr. Stone is a ''medical engineer'' by profession and she's supposed to be one even as the ''Explorer'''s mission specialist. Why is she then helping Kowalski repair something that is as outside of her area of expertise as the ''Hubble Space Telescope''?! This is all the weirder, because even small astronaut crews are ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' trained [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist to do]] ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist everything]]'', and the Space Shuttle crews had 7 astronauts - there is more than enough manpower among the crew members to let a proper engineering expert do the job.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The Russian military, really, would not use a missile to dispose of any satellite, even a spy satellite (nor would any other country - the movie's scenario aside, it's a very difficult task). That's what [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graveyard_orbit graveyard orbits]] are for.

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* ArtisticLicense: Dr. Stone is a ''medical engineer'' by profession and she's supposed to be one even as the ''Explorer'''s mission specialist. Why is she then helping Kowalski repair something that is as outside of her area of expertise as the ''Hubble Space Telescope''?! This is all the weirder, because even small astronaut crews are ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' trained [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist to do]] ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist everything]]'', and the Space Shuttle crews had 7 seven astronauts - -- there is more than enough manpower among the crew members to let a proper engineering expert do the job.
job.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The Russian military, really, would not use a missile to dispose of any satellite, even a spy satellite (nor would any other country - -- the movie's scenario aside, it's a very difficult task). That's what [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graveyard_orbit graveyard orbits]] are for.



** Kowalski telling Stone to detach from the manipulator arm, which had been hit by debris and was rapidly spinning away from the shuttle. He told her she needed to detach before the arm carried her too far and he would not be able to reach her, so she detached. The problem is she would have still had all the angular momentum of the arm itself, so detaching may have flung her away from the arm, but like a baseball pitcher releasing a baseball, she would have still kept moving, and not just stopped dead in space while the arm kept going. It may have been possible for her to release at the exact moment in the arc where she would have been flung back towards the shuttle, but that's an extremely iffy, one-in-a-billion chance that she clearly wasn't trying for, as she released when Kowalski told her she had to hurry up and do it.
** Interestingly enough, Stone's tears. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36xhtpw0Lg Astronaut Chris Hadfield gave a demonstration of how a person cries in space in April 2013]] - in reality the tears form a ball on your eye until you get a towel and sop them up. Of course, TropesAreTools and the way it is portrayed in this film is much more moving.

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** Kowalski telling Stone to detach from the manipulator arm, which had has been hit by debris and was is rapidly spinning away from the shuttle. He told tells her she needed needs to detach before the arm carried carries her too far and he would will not be able to reach her, so she detached.detaches. The problem is she would have still had all the angular momentum of the arm itself, so detaching may have flung her away from the arm, but like a baseball pitcher releasing a baseball, she would have still kept moving, and not just stopped dead in space while the arm kept going. It may have been possible for her to release at the exact moment in the arc where she would have been flung back towards the shuttle, but that's an extremely iffy, one-in-a-billion chance that she clearly wasn't isn't trying for, as she released releases when Kowalski told tells her she had has to hurry up and do it.
** Interestingly enough, Stone's tears. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36xhtpw0Lg Astronaut Chris Hadfield gave a demonstration of how a person cries in space in April 2013]] - -- in reality the tears form a ball on your eye until you get a towel and sop them up. Of course, TropesAreTools and the way it is portrayed in this film is much more moving.



** Of note, research ''was'' done: The script initially had a ''lot'' of {{exposition}} to explain what was happening, but Cuarón felt the resulting {{infodump}}s would [[RuleOfDrama take away from the characters and drama]] - not to mention double the running time.

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** Of note, research ''was'' done: The script initially had a ''lot'' of {{exposition}} to explain what was happening, but Cuarón felt the resulting {{infodump}}s would [[RuleOfDrama take away from the characters and drama]] - -- not to mention double the running time.



** The Greenlandic spoken by Aningaaq over the radio is not subtitled. The short film "Aningaaq," which shows his side of the story, has subtitles.
** When trying to figure out how [[spoiler: to get the Chinese Shenzou spacecraft on the Tiangong to start up so she can return to Earth]], she mutters a sarcastic "No hablo chino.", Spanish for "I don't speak Chinese", after the computer gives her a warning.

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** The Greenlandic spoken by Aningaaq over the radio is not subtitled. The short film "Aningaaq," "Aningaaq", which shows his side of the story, has subtitles.
** When trying to figure out how [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to get the Chinese Shenzou spacecraft on the Tiangong to start up so she can return to Earth]], she mutters a sarcastic "No hablo chino.", Spanish for "I don't speak Chinese", after the computer gives her a warning.



* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Stone gets to the Tiangong just before it reenters. Despite it still being attached to the space station, the stress of reentry breaks the Shenzhou module away from the station cleanly and without further damage. The landing capsule even detaches from the module exactly as intended afterwards. Stone then has an unplanned, unmanned splashdown in a freshwater lake in the Midwestern US, where NASA can easily track her reentry and send a rescue team.]]
* ConvenientlyClosePlanet: The space shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Chinese Tiangong are all within spitting distance of each other, despite really being in vastly differing orbits. The Tiangong is "100 miles" (in one line; "100 kilometers" in another) from the ISS, a figure which evidently stays stable in this film. Of course, if the movie was following the real life distances and orbits however, Stone would have never survived. Cuarón stated in an interview that an early draft of the script did try to work with the fact the HST, ISS, and Tiangong were in different orbits in reality, but it ended up with half the movie being the characters explaining orbital mechanics, [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality so the decision was made to put them all in the same orbit for plot convenience]].
* CoolStarship: The gutsy little Soyuz escape boat fits nicely into the 'old, junky rustbucket' category[[note]]By reputation anyway. While in real life the history of the Soyuz craft has been tainted by safety failures and shortcuts--as well as the general Western conception of "Russian, therefore crap" regarding most Russian technology--for the last few decades it has had the best safety record (given well over 2,000 launches by now) of any spacecraft family in the world. Even NASA acknowledges this. A Soyuz serving as a lifeboat would not be an "old, junky rustbucket" since each launch is a new spacecraft, and the Soyuz family itself has been continually upgraded over the decades.[[/note]], complete with a visually stunning separation sequence. The Shenzhou, a Chinese Soyuz knockoff [[spoiler:that Stone uses to finally reach Earth]] may also qualify, but gets rather less screentime.
* {{Conflict}}: One of the Man vs. Nature types. Or, more accurately, "Woman vs. the Laws of Nature, including the ever-present FinaglesLaw".

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* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Stone [[spoiler:Stone gets to the Tiangong just before it reenters. Despite it still being attached to the space station, the stress of reentry breaks the Shenzhou module away from the station cleanly and without further damage. The landing capsule even detaches from the module exactly as intended afterwards. Stone then has an unplanned, unmanned splashdown in a freshwater lake in the Midwestern US, where NASA can easily track her reentry and send a rescue team.]]
* ConvenientlyClosePlanet: The space shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Chinese Tiangong are all within spitting distance of each other, despite really being in vastly differing orbits. The Tiangong is "100 miles" (in one line; "100 kilometers" in another) from the ISS, a figure which evidently stays stable in this film. Of course, if the movie was following the real life real-life distances and orbits however, Stone would have never survived. Cuarón stated in an interview that an early draft of the script did try to work with the fact the HST, ISS, and Tiangong were in different orbits in reality, but it ended up with half the movie being the characters explaining orbital mechanics, [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality so the decision was made to put them all in the same orbit for plot convenience]].
* CoolStarship: The gutsy little Soyuz escape boat fits nicely into the 'old, "old, junky rustbucket' rustbucket" category[[note]]By reputation anyway. While in real life the history of the Soyuz craft has been tainted by safety failures and shortcuts--as shortcuts -- as well as the general Western conception of "Russian, therefore crap" regarding most Russian technology--for technology -- for the last few decades it has had the best safety record (given well over 2,000 launches by now) of any spacecraft family in the world. Even NASA acknowledges this. A Soyuz serving as a lifeboat would not be an "old, junky rustbucket" since each launch is a new spacecraft, and the Soyuz family itself has been continually upgraded over the decades.[[/note]], complete with a visually stunning separation sequence. The Shenzhou, a Chinese Soyuz knockoff [[spoiler:that Stone uses to finally reach Earth]] may also qualify, but gets rather less screentime.
* {{Conflict}}: One of the Man vs. Nature types. Or, more accurately, "Woman vs. the Laws of Nature, including the ever-present FinaglesLaw".FinaglesLaw."



** The advertising tag line is "Don't let go", but [[spoiler: the theme of the movie is "You have to let go"]].
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in Italy; [[spoiler: there the tagline is 'Non Mollare Ora' ('Don't give up now')]].
* CutTheSafetyRope: [[spoiler: Kowalski cuts himself loose when he realizes that the ropes tethering them to the ISS aren't strong enough to hold them both.]]
** RuleOfDrama: [[spoiler: Note, that Kowalski did not need to release himself. Once the initial momentum had been absorbed, no additional tension would have remained on the tether. Stone would have been able to retrieve him with only the slightest pull (he's weightless). Also, if he was released, he'd remain nearby, because there was no other force acting on him.]]

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** The advertising tag line is "Don't let go", but [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the theme of the movie is "You have to let go"]].
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in Italy; [[spoiler: there [[spoiler:there the tagline is 'Non "Non Mollare Ora' ('Don't Ora" ("Don't give up now')]].
now")]].
* CutTheSafetyRope: [[spoiler: Kowalski [[spoiler:Kowalski cuts himself loose when he realizes that the ropes tethering them to the ISS aren't strong enough to hold them both.]]
** RuleOfDrama: [[spoiler: Note,
both. [[RuleOfDrama Note that Kowalski did not need to release himself. himself.]] Once the initial momentum had been absorbed, no additional tension would have remained on the tether. Stone would have been able to retrieve him with only the slightest pull (he's weightless). Also, if he was released, he'd remain nearby, because there was no other force acting on him.]]



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Kowalski ''definitely'' holds the space walk record now.]]

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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Kowalski [[spoiler:Kowalski ''definitely'' holds the space walk record now.]]]]
* DecoyProtagonist: Creator/GeorgeClooney appears to be having a larger role as Kowalski. Turns out, [[spoiler:he is only a SacrificialLion]] whilst Creator/SandraBullock as Stone is having most of the screentime for herself.



* DecoyProtagonist: Creator/GeorgeClooney appears to be having a larger role as Kowalski. Turns out, [[spoiler:he is only a SacrificialLion]] whilst Creator/SandraBullock as Stone is having most of the screentime for herself.



* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Subverted with Kowalski coming back to life ... [[DaydreamSurprise Not!]] ]]

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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted with Kowalski coming back to life ...life... [[DaydreamSurprise Not!]] ]]



* DoubleMeaningTitle: "Gravity" means both 'the physical force of gravitation' and 'the seriousness of the situation'.
* DramaticSpaceDrifting: The protagonists enter the shuttle to confirm there are no survivors, suddenly running into the bodies of the floating crew, who weren't wearing their spacesuits.
** Later, [[spoiler: Kowalski sets himself adrift in space]].

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: "Gravity" means both 'the "the physical force of gravitation' gravitation" and 'the "the seriousness of the situation'.
situation".
* DramaticSpaceDrifting: DramaticSpaceDrifting:
**
The protagonists enter the shuttle to confirm there are no survivors, suddenly running into the bodies of the floating crew, who weren't wearing their spacesuits.
** Later, [[spoiler: Kowalski [[spoiler:Kowalski sets himself adrift in space]].



* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Several deaths and a whole bunch of hard work to get Stone back to Earth. And even after she makes a safe splashdown, she nearly [[DrowningPit drowns trying to leave the capsule]]. As Cinema Sins put it, "We've already had her escape death about eleven times in this movie..."]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Several [[spoiler:Several deaths and a whole bunch of hard work to get Stone back to Earth. And even after she makes a safe splashdown, she nearly [[DrowningPit drowns trying to leave the capsule]]. As Cinema Sins ''Cinema Sins'' put it, "We've already had her escape death about eleven times in this movie..."]]



** Kowalski comes off as a jokester and goof-off, constantly telling weird stories, ribbing his fellow astronauts, and playing country music. But the dialogue establishes that Kowalski is a respected astronaut who's thought of highly by all who've worked with him, which hints there's [[HiddenDepths more to this guy]] than playing around.
*** When Mission Control informs Kowalski that he won't break the cosmonaut's spacewalk record; before they can tell him how much he's short by, Kowalski already knows he's 75 minutes shy. One could say that points to his vanity, but it's also a subtle hint that no matter how much he seems he's playing around, he seems to have a grasp of everything happening at any given moment. Also notice, immediately after accepting he won't break the record, he shrugs it off. Man's a team player.
*** Stone, distracted by Kowalski's music, asks him to turn it off and he does so without complaint. He also cheers her up over her lack of comfort in space telling her he nearly coughed up his kidneys his first time up, and also volunteers to assist her with fixing the module on HST. All this foreshadows just how much of a difference he'll make to her survival.

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** Kowalski comes off as a jokester and goof-off, constantly telling weird stories, ribbing his fellow astronauts, and playing country music. But the dialogue establishes that Kowalski is a respected astronaut who's thought of highly by all who've worked with him, which hints there's [[HiddenDepths more to this guy]] than playing around.
***
around. When Mission Control informs Kowalski that he won't break the cosmonaut's spacewalk record; record, before they can tell him how much he's short by, Kowalski already knows he's 75 minutes shy. One could say that points to his vanity, but it's also a subtle hint that no matter how much he seems he's playing around, he seems to have a grasp of everything happening at any given moment. Also notice, immediately after accepting he won't break the record, he shrugs it off. Man's a team player.
***
player. Stone, distracted by Kowalski's music, asks him to turn it off and he does so without complaint. He also cheers her up over her lack of comfort in space telling her he nearly coughed up his kidneys his first time up, and also volunteers to assist her with fixing the module on HST. All this foreshadows just how much of a difference he'll make to her survival.



** Stone has to open an airlock quickly to take shelter from an oncoming cloud of space debris; the hatch slams open from the sudden outrush of air, nearly breaking her grip on the handle. [[spoiler: Then, at Tiangong, she can be seen attempting to get a good grip on the surrounding rail while opening the door, but it smacks into her as it blows open and knocks her grip on the rail loose, leaving her swinging from the handle ''again''.]]

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** Stone has to open an airlock quickly to take shelter from an oncoming cloud of space debris; the hatch slams open from the sudden outrush of air, nearly breaking her grip on the handle. [[spoiler: Then, [[spoiler:Then, at Tiangong, she can be seen attempting to get a good grip on the surrounding rail while opening the door, but it smacks into her as it blows open and knocks her grip on the rail loose, leaving her swinging from the handle ''again''.]]



* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: The ''entire movie'' takes place in about 4 hours. The debris field attacks are 90 minutes apart, and Stone [[spoiler: re-enters]] just after the third.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Kowalski]], adrift and beyond rescue, sends a final transmission expressing awe at the incredible beauty of Earth from space:
--> "Oh my god... Wow. You should see the sun on the Ganges. It's amazing."

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* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: The ''entire movie'' takes place in about 4 hours. The debris field attacks are 90 minutes apart, and Stone [[spoiler: re-enters]] [[spoiler:re-enters]] just after the third.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Kowalski]], [[spoiler:Kowalski]], adrift and beyond rescue, sends a final transmission expressing awe at the incredible beauty of Earth from space:
--> "Oh -->'''[[spoiler:Kowalski:]]''' Oh my god... Wow. You should see the sun on the Ganges. It's amazing."



* FloatingWater: Played for literal {{tearjerker}} effect -- we realise Stone is crying when her tears start floating in bubbles through the microgravity of the Soyuz capsule.
** RuleOfDrama: Note, that Stone's tears would not have formed free-floating tear spheres. The liquid's surface tension would make them cling to her skin or eyelashes.

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* FloatingWater: Played for literal {{tearjerker}} effect -- we realise realize Stone is crying when her tears start floating in bubbles through the microgravity of the Soyuz capsule.
** RuleOfDrama: Note,
capsule. [[RuleOfDrama Note that Stone's tears would not have formed free-floating tear spheres. spheres.]] The liquid's surface tension would make them cling to her skin or eyelashes.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: As noted elsewhere, the other half of Stone's conversation with a ham radio operator who doesn't speak English was dramatized in the short film ''Aningaaq''. The astronauts on the ISS presumably had their own adventures after abandoning the station; it's never revealed if they made it back.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: As noted elsewhere, the other half of Stone's conversation with a ham radio operator who doesn't speak English was dramatized in the short film ''Aningaaq''."Aningaaq". The astronauts on the ISS presumably had their own adventures after abandoning the station; it's never revealed if they made it back.



* HitlerCam: [[spoiler: The final shot of Stone standing on the ground -- showing that she has conquered the adversity.]]
* HollywoodPsych: Perhaps the most troubling and needless example of CriticalResearchFailure or pushing RuleOfDrama a little beyond logic. Dr. Stone's daughter died not that long ago, yet NASA apparently felt it was all right sending her as a mission specialist to Low Earth Orbit, despite her lingering depression over the loss of her child (!). Even the excuse of "they couldn't get anyone else" makes no sense in this case, given that every astronaut/cosmonaut crew in history has always had backup crew members (in case the primary ones would become sick or be otherwise indisposed).
* HopeIsScary

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* HitlerCam: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The final shot of Stone standing on the ground -- showing that she has conquered the adversity.]]
* HollywoodPsych: Perhaps the most troubling and needless example of CriticalResearchFailure or pushing RuleOfDrama a little beyond logic. Dr. Stone's daughter died not that long ago, yet NASA apparently felt it was all right sending her as a mission specialist to Low Earth Orbit, despite her lingering depression over the loss of her child (!).child(!). Even the excuse of "they couldn't get anyone else" makes no sense in this case, given that every astronaut/cosmonaut crew in history has always had backup crew members (in case the primary ones would become sick or be otherwise indisposed). \n* HopeIsScary



** "How did you make it back here?" [[spoiler: When Kowalski "makes it back" to Stone]].
** Stone makes contact with someone via the Soyuz radio [[spoiler:only they're a ham radio operator who can't speak English.]]

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** "How did you make it back here?" [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Kowalski "makes it back" to Stone]].
** Stone makes contact with someone via the Soyuz radio radio, [[spoiler:only they're a ham radio operator who can't speak English.]]



* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: [[spoiler: An unplanned descent down to earth, which is 70% covered with water, nets Stone a water landing in a relatively shallow lake in the United States' Midwest. She's even picked up again by NASA's radars. Forgivable as it's a way to allow the movie to end where it does, with the audience knowing she will be fine, picked up in less than an hour, and not stranded in a remote area without anyone knowing she's there.]]

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* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: [[spoiler: An [[spoiler:An unplanned descent down to earth, which is 70% covered with water, nets Stone a water landing in a relatively shallow lake in the United States' Midwest. She's even picked up again by NASA's radars. Forgivable as it's a way to allow the movie to end where it does, with the audience knowing she will be fine, picked up in less than an hour, and not stranded in a remote area without anyone knowing she's there.]]



* MeaningfulEcho: In the early scene where the pair work to activate Stone’s equipment, Kowalski refers to Stone's "beautiful blue eyes" though she points out that hers are brown. Later, he gives tit for tat during their final conversation:
-->'''Kowalski''': Well, people say I have beautiful blue eyes.\\
'''Stone''': You have beautiful... you have beautiful blue eyes.\\
'''Kowalski''': I have brown eyes.

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* MeaningfulEcho: In the early scene where the pair work to activate Stone’s Stone's equipment, Kowalski refers to Stone's "beautiful blue eyes" though she points out that hers are brown. Later, he gives tit for tat during their final conversation:
-->'''Kowalski''': -->'''Kowalski:''' Well, people say I have beautiful blue eyes.\\
'''Stone''': '''Stone:''' You have beautiful... you have beautiful blue eyes.\\
'''Kowalski''': '''Kowalski:''' I have brown eyes.



* {{Minimalism}}: The story is quite stripped down, as opposed to other movies of similar funding. As stated elsewhere here there's NoAntagonist. There's a MinimalistCast. Cuarón didn't have to ''fight'' with ExecutiveMeddling (he has the cred to be trusted), but he did listen to people pitching ideas like the rescue mission being covered and Stone being in love with one of the mission controllers. This film is really simple - Stone is trying to get back to Earth ''somehow''.
* MinimalistCast: The film has only three visible characters [[spoiler:(with two dying by the 35-minute mark)]], with five other roles credited on IMDB as voice-only. The vast majority of this film focuses on Bullock's character, almost constantly.
** The ''Aningaaq'' short likewise has just two visible actors (with one character not even named).

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* {{Minimalism}}: The story is quite stripped down, as opposed to other movies of similar funding. As stated elsewhere here there's NoAntagonist. There's a MinimalistCast. Cuarón didn't have to ''fight'' with ExecutiveMeddling (he has the cred to be trusted), but he did listen to people pitching ideas like the rescue mission being covered and Stone being in love with one of the mission controllers. This film is really simple - -- Stone is trying to get back to Earth ''somehow''.
* MinimalistCast: MinimalistCast:
**
The film has only three visible characters [[spoiler:(with two dying by the 35-minute mark)]], with five other roles credited on IMDB Website/IMDb as voice-only. The vast majority of this film focuses on Bullock's character, almost constantly.
** The ''Aningaaq'' "Aningaaq" short likewise has just two visible actors (with one character not even named).



* NeverTrustATrailer: There's a lot more to this movie than simply the female astronaut being flung off into space. [[spoiler:Saving her happens pretty quickly, actually.]]

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* NeverTrustATrailer: NeverTrustATrailer:
**
There's a lot more to this movie than simply the female astronaut being flung off into space. [[spoiler:Saving her happens pretty quickly, actually.]]



* NobodyPoops: Astronauts wear a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_Absorbency_Garment Maximum Absorbency Garment (MAG)]], which is kind of like a diaper, because they cannot go back into the spacecraft to pee during a space walk. Ryan is definitely ''not'' wearing one - see {{Fanservice}}, above.

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* NobodyPoops: Astronauts wear a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_Absorbency_Garment Maximum Absorbency Garment (MAG)]], which is kind of like a diaper, because they cannot go back into the spacecraft to pee during a space walk. Ryan is definitely ''not'' wearing one - -- see {{Fanservice}}, above.



* TheOner: A CreatorThumbprint for Creator/AlfonsoCuaron. The film uses a lot of long shots, and the camera is almost always moving--a visual shorthand for the disorientation of the zero-G environment. Special mention: The opening scene, from the establishing view of Earth to Dr. Stone detaching from the structure, is a single, continuous shot lasting about twelve and a half minutes. Another notable instance occurs when she exits the Soyuz capsule to free it from the entangled parachute cords: her entire efforts, the approach of the debris cloud, the disaster that destroys ISS, and Dr. Stone's close-calls as the Soyuz is swung all over the place by the cables, is one single take until she finally goes back inside the capsule.
* OneSizeFitsAll: Stone finds a cosmonaut pressure suit that fits her. While astronauts do have height and weight restrictions so they aren't too far off each other's sizes, the differences are still enough and the suits ''are'' custom tailored. At the very least that suit was probably very uncomfortable, though given the situation, comfort was unlikely to be a priority.
* OneWomanWail: Shows up towards the end of the title track in the film's score. [[spoiler: It works quite well to show the triumph of Stone's survival]].

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* TheOner: A CreatorThumbprint for Creator/AlfonsoCuaron. The film uses a lot of long shots, and the camera is almost always moving--a moving -- a visual shorthand for the disorientation of the zero-G environment. Special mention: The opening scene, from the establishing view of Earth to Dr. Stone detaching from the structure, is a single, continuous shot lasting about twelve and a half minutes. Another notable instance occurs when she exits the Soyuz capsule to free it from the entangled parachute cords: her entire efforts, the approach of the debris cloud, the disaster that destroys ISS, and Dr. Stone's close-calls as the Soyuz is swung all over the place by the cables, is one single take until she finally goes back inside the capsule.
* OneSizeFitsAll: Stone finds a cosmonaut pressure suit that fits her. While astronauts do have height and weight restrictions so they aren't too far off each other's sizes, the differences are still enough and the suits ''are'' custom tailored. At the very least that suit was is probably very uncomfortable, though given the situation, comfort was is unlikely to be a priority.
* OneWomanWail: Shows up towards the end of the title track in the film's score. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It works quite well to show the triumph of Stone's survival]].



* OtherStockPhrases: "I've got a bad feeling about this" used by Kowalski before launching into LetMeTellYouAStory.

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* OtherStockPhrases: "I've got a bad feeling about this" this," used by Kowalski before launching into LetMeTellYouAStory.



-->'''Kowalski:''' "Do you copy?"\\
'''Stone:''' "Fuck!"\\
'''Kowalski:''' "Copy that."
* ProductPlacement: We see a [[https://www.sitebox.ltd.uk/prodimages/Tools/Plumbing/Wrench/ws2m10.jpg Mole Wrench]] in the cockpit of the Shuttle and in the International Space Station. We get a particularly good look at the one in the ISS because it's near [[spoiler: the small fire that Stone misses]]. An alternative explanation is that the effects crew are Mole Wrench fanboys, and stick them in whenever they can.

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-->'''Kowalski:''' "Do Do you copy?"\\
copy?\\
'''Stone:''' "Fuck!"\\
Fuck!\\
'''Kowalski:''' "Copy that."
Copy that.
* ProductPlacement: We see a [[https://www.sitebox.ltd.uk/prodimages/Tools/Plumbing/Wrench/ws2m10.jpg Mole Wrench]] in the cockpit of the Shuttle and in the International Space Station. We get a particularly good look at the one in the ISS because it's near [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the small fire that Stone misses]]. An alternative explanation is that the effects crew are Mole Wrench fanboys, and stick them in whenever they can.



* RecycledInSpace: Following the first trailers, people compared the film to shipwreck films like ''Film/CastAway'' and ''Film/OpenWater''. [[spoiler: This [[AvertedTrope is not]] [[BaitAndSwitch the case.]] The time Stone spends "adrift" is relatively little. Afterwards she always knows where she is going.]]

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* RecycledInSpace: Following the first trailers, people compared the film to shipwreck films like ''Film/CastAway'' and ''Film/OpenWater''. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This [[AvertedTrope is not]] [[BaitAndSwitch the case.]] The time Stone spends "adrift" is relatively little. Afterwards she always knows where she is going.]]



* {{Retirony}}: This was supposed to be Commander Matt Kowalski's last mission before retiring.

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* {{Retirony}}: This was is supposed to be Commander Matt Kowalski's last mission before retiring.



** This same scene also includes a frog in the foreground, an animal known for its transformative life cycle [[spoiler: from a weightless environment to land.]] Having a butterfly in its place would have likely been taken as too cliched.

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** This same scene also includes a frog in the foreground, an animal known for its transformative life cycle [[spoiler: from [[spoiler:from a weightless environment to land.]] Having a butterfly in its place would have likely been taken as too cliched.



* SecurityCling: As the tagline says, 'Don't let go'.

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* SecurityCling: As the tagline says, 'Don't "Don't let go'.go!"



* ShownTheirWork: One of the most accurate films ever made about space.



** Kowalski's insistence on playing country music while getting the team to reminisce about those they're missing back on earth is a shout out to ''Film/DarkStar'' and its opening theme, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTa2vXL7FI8 Benson Arizona]]''.

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** Kowalski's insistence on playing country music while getting the team to reminisce about those they're missing back on earth Earth is a shout out to ''Film/DarkStar'' and its opening theme, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTa2vXL7FI8 Benson Arizona]]''.



** The {{Leitmotif}} for the debris sounds similar to the one used in ''{{Film/Jaws}}'' for the shark.
** The floating pen seen in several shots is reminiscent of a shot from Creator/{{Stanley Kubrick}}'s ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''.
*** Another ''2001'' shout-out is the scene in which Stone blows herself out of the capsule similar to Dave Bowman doing the same.
*** Also when she gets into the ISS and disrobes, she curls into a fetal position, with her umbilical floating behind her, reminiscent of the Star Child.

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** The {{Leitmotif}} for the debris sounds similar to the one used in ''{{Film/Jaws}}'' ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' for the shark.
** ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'':
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The floating pen seen in several shots is reminiscent of a shot from Creator/{{Stanley Kubrick}}'s ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]''.
Creator/StanleyKubrick's movie.
*** Another ''2001'' shout-out is the scene in which Stone blows herself out of the capsule capsule, similar to Dave Bowman doing the same.
*** Also And when she gets into the ISS and disrobes, she curls into a fetal position, with her umbilical floating behind her, reminiscent of the Star Child.



* ShownTheirWork: One of the most accurate films ever made about space.



** It was unclear what continued to pull Kowalski away after his momentum had been halted by Dr. Stone grabbing the tether. Dr. Stone was only slowing him down. Her leg was trapped in the deployed parachute cord of the escape pod, but if you look closely you will see that the actual parachute being slowly pulled through whatever it is entangled in. Kowalski is in a position to see that not only is the cord around Dr. Stone's foot unwrapping, but the parachute is also unraveling because of his momentum.

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** It was is unclear what continued continues to pull Kowalski away after his momentum had has been halted by Dr. Stone grabbing the tether. Dr. Stone was is only slowing him down. Her leg was is trapped in the deployed parachute cord of the escape pod, but if you look closely you will see that the actual parachute being slowly pulled through whatever it is entangled in. Kowalski is in a position to see that not only is the cord around Dr. Stone's foot unwrapping, but the parachute is also unraveling because of his momentum.



* SpiritualSequel: To 1995's ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', as it is a 'serious' space disaster film based on current technology and starring astronauts rather than a straight sci-fi. Ed Harris [[ShoutOut even resumes]] [[CastingGag his role]] as MissionControl.

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* SpiritualSequel: To 1995's ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', ''Film/Apollo13'', as it is a 'serious' "serious" space disaster film based on current technology and starring astronauts rather than a straight sci-fi. Ed Harris [[ShoutOut even resumes]] [[CastingGag his role]] as MissionControl.



!!The companion short film "Aningaaq" contains examples of:

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!!The companion short film "Aningaaq" contains provides examples of:
25th Oct '16 7:15:17 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Kowalski,]] adrift and beyond rescue, sends a final transmission expressing awe at the incredible beauty of Earth from space:

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Kowalski,]] Kowalski]], adrift and beyond rescue, sends a final transmission expressing awe at the incredible beauty of Earth from space:
25th Oct '16 6:38:33 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ArtisticLicense: Dr. Stone is a ''medical engineer'' by profession and she's supposed to be one even as the ''Explorer'''s mission specialist. Why is she then helping Kowalski repair something that is as outside of her area of expertise as the ''Hubble Space Telescope'' ?! This is all the weirder, because even small astronaut crews are ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' trained [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist to do]] ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist everything]]'', and the Space Shuttle crews had 7 astronauts - there is more than enough manpower among the crew members to let a proper engineering expert do the job.

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* ArtisticLicense: Dr. Stone is a ''medical engineer'' by profession and she's supposed to be one even as the ''Explorer'''s mission specialist. Why is she then helping Kowalski repair something that is as outside of her area of expertise as the ''Hubble Space Telescope'' ?! Telescope''?! This is all the weirder, because even small astronaut crews are ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' trained [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist to do]] ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist everything]]'', and the Space Shuttle crews had 7 astronauts - there is more than enough manpower among the crew members to let a proper engineering expert do the job.
12th Sep '16 7:24:35 PM Zef
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** When trying to figure out how [[spoiler: to get the Chinese Shenzou spacecraft on the Tiangong to start up so she can return to Earth]], she mutters "No hablo chino.", Spanish for "I don't speak Chinese", after the computer gives her a warning.

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** When trying to figure out how [[spoiler: to get the Chinese Shenzou spacecraft on the Tiangong to start up so she can return to Earth]], she mutters a sarcastic "No hablo chino.", Spanish for "I don't speak Chinese", after the computer gives her a warning.



* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Stone gets to the Tiangong just before it reenters. Despite it still being attached to the space station Stone manages to detach it and get its heat shield pointing the right way for a good landing. She has an unplanned landing on land, in a freshwater lake.]]

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* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler: Stone gets to the Tiangong just before it reenters. Despite it still being attached to the space station, the stress of reentry breaks the Shenzhou module away from the station Stone manages to detach it cleanly and get its heat shield pointing the right way for a good landing. She has an unplanned without further damage. The landing on land, capsule even detaches from the module exactly as intended afterwards. Stone then has an unplanned, unmanned splashdown in a freshwater lake.lake in the Midwestern US, where NASA can easily track her reentry and send a rescue team.]]



* TheOner: A CreatorThumbprint for Creator/AlfonsoCuaron. The film uses a lot of long shots, and the camera is almost always moving--a visual shorthand for the disorientation of the zero-G environment. Special mention: The opening scene, from the establishing view of Earth to Dr. Stone detaching from the structure, is a single, continuous shot lasting about twelve and a half minutes.

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* TheOner: A CreatorThumbprint for Creator/AlfonsoCuaron. The film uses a lot of long shots, and the camera is almost always moving--a visual shorthand for the disorientation of the zero-G environment. Special mention: The opening scene, from the establishing view of Earth to Dr. Stone detaching from the structure, is a single, continuous shot lasting about twelve and a half minutes. Another notable instance occurs when she exits the Soyuz capsule to free it from the entangled parachute cords: her entire efforts, the approach of the debris cloud, the disaster that destroys ISS, and Dr. Stone's close-calls as the Soyuz is swung all over the place by the cables, is one single take until she finally goes back inside the capsule.
15th Jul '16 1:18:08 PM Synthesis
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The Russian military, really, would not use a missile to dispose of any satellite, even a spy satellite (nor would any other country - the movie's scenario aside, it's a very difficult task). That's what [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graveyard_orbit graveyard orbits]] are for.
2nd Jul '16 2:13:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: [[spoiler:Matt Kowalski]].
7th Jun '16 8:15:28 PM Wuz
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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Unusually for Hollywood, all Russian writing in this movie (such as button labels) features authentic Russian that actually matches what is happening on screen. This is probably because the actual Soyuz is not classified and so they could print the buttons to match the real deal. They also managed to make the Chinese pretty accurate too.

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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage:
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Unusually for Hollywood, all Russian writing in this movie (such as button labels) features authentic Russian that actually matches what is happening on screen. This is probably because the actual Soyuz is not classified and so they could print the buttons to match the real deal. deal.
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They also managed to make the little bits of Chinese pretty accurate too.too. All the text printed on the Shenzhou control panel are accurate and the emergency voice played in the deorbiting Tiangong is perfect.
15th May '16 1:57:18 PM KingZeal
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* SurvivorshipBias: Ryan Stone is one out of two astronauts to survive the opening scenes, but she remains the central focus of the film even before George Clooney's character dies.
27th Mar '16 9:04:04 AM MacronNotes
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* ThreeDMovie: It was strongly suggested when this movie came out, to see it in IMAX 3D. It makes very good use of the format.
24th Mar '16 1:18:08 PM eroock
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-->--'''OpeningNarration [[TitleCard Card]]'''

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-->--'''OpeningNarration -->-- '''OpeningMonologue [[TitleCard Card]]'''
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