Fast 2015-01-16: Movie Gravity not science fiction

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Urgent note to self: Please inform world that reviewers and others who categorize the 2013 movie Gravity as science fiction are idiots. (Editor’s note to self: “Idiots” is a proxy word that must be replaced with something less volatile, like “wrong,” “misinformed,” or “slightly off target” before publishing.) Oops! Forgot to do that last part.

Science fiction

I just watched the movie for the first time. I found it enjoyable and well produced. There were a few things we could quibble about that weren’t quite realistic. But, overall, it was intelligently done.

Fine. My gripe is that science fiction is misused to describe this movie, because the term has evolved to mean that the plot is largely based on speculation about the future, discovered worlds, or where current science might lead us. Most monster movies aren’t science fiction, either, but that’s another argument for another day, based on another reason.

Car chases

Gravity isn’t science fiction because it centers on current technology. It is a combination adventure and disaster movie that happens close to earth, in space. It’s no more science fiction than a movie with lots of car chases. Late-model cars may be technologically advanced, but they’re part of our modern lives. They’re not speculative.

Gravity is a good movie. But it isn’t science fiction. You’ve been alerted. — MC

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