Wednesday, October 16, 2013

There Is a Companion Short to 'Gravity' That Shows a Key Scene the Film Didn't

It's probably safe to assume that if you're reading, you're the kind of person who has seen Gravity by now. But if not, know that the below contains important spoilers about the film, and its companion short film Aningaaq, which actually shows something Gravity only talked about.
You've been warned.
One of the most memorable scenes in Alfonso Cuarón's film involves Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) sitting in the Russian Soyuz space capsule, on the verge of failure and oh so close to giving in to her doomed fate in space. She tries to contact Houston using the radio, but she only manages to make contact with someone on Earth who doesn't speak English. The two try to talk to one another, but technology and distance fails them. Instead Stone enjoys the howls of the man's dogs, as well as the sound of his newborn baby crying. It's a wonderful moment; one final, bittersweet dose of human contact before the end.

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