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The scene where he first tried to launch and failed.


Was that part supposed to be funny?? I watched this movie with my family last night and it was pretty good. But when he tried to launch the first time and failed, we were laughing our heads off. It was hilarious. Especially when he went through the space available sign. We're not cold or mean or anything, but that part was funny, although the outcome wasn't.

Anyways, did anyone else think that part was funny too??

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I just watched this movie with my parents and to be honest, we thought it was his wife dreaming up unto the hospital scene, :-\

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OP is not alone, when his capsule was rolling and rummaging through the dirt I laughed with enthusiasm.

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I thought this scene was a dream sequence, because is was so stupid. There are old films showing what happens when an Atlas rocket falls over on its side during failed launch attempts; you can probably find them on youtube. Long story short: If your Atlas does not peoperly clear the launch tower, it explodes spectactularly and kills anyone within a few hundred yards, including the occupants of any farm house across the driveway from your "launch barn".

I kept thinking, "If he were really doing this, the launch escape tower on top of the capsule would blast him clear of the failing booster (that's what it's there for), so this must be a dream!"

Unfortunately, I am cursed with having too much knowledge of how a Mercury-Atlas works, and too high an expectation that movie-makers can use some common sense once in a while.

Sorry for the rant, I have to go back to playing with my Spock ears, now...

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I thought it was a dream sequence, first off because of how fake it looked. It looked as though time was moving faster than it should be... Like that scene in A Christmas Story Ralph is pretending to shoot the robbers in his back yard. Second, I don't think anything like that could have happened... I'm no rocket scientist but, it just seemed stupid.

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Yeah, I thought it was a dream also, so no, you're not Spock. Scotty, maybe, but not Spock. :-) Yes, this was a stupid, stupid scene.

Soon as that thing started to head back down, man, there would have been one helluva explosion, and he wouldn't have had to worry about his kids no longer having a place to live, because it would have killed them too. I've seen those films of the rockets crashing down.

And the whole thing with the rocket buzzing the reporters - if it had come that close to them, it would have incinerated them.

And I also thought the same thing with the escape tower. It should have pulled him clear of the rocket.

Not only was this scene stupid, but NASA's denial of his liftoff was completely stupid as well. You could see a liftoff for tens of miles around. That would have been witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people.

I could not suspend my disbelief for this movie.





I asked the doctor to take your picture so I can look at you from inside as well.

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I also thought it was a dream-with-a-dream of his wife, until it got into the hospital scene.

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Huh.

Yeah, like most everyone here, I thought it was a dream sequence to... and because of that, I'll admit I was laughing. It seemed so unrealistic and goofy that I thought it MUST be someone dreaming, especially since the previous scene had shown the two of them in bed...



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It wasn't until well into the scene in the hospital, where the doctor was giving a rundown of Farmer's injuries and the kids were visiting, that I finally realized it *wasn't* a dream...

Uh... yeah.

As others here have pointed out, anyone who has seen a rocket launch failure....
Well... Check it out yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ywwzfkpvQ0

OUCH!

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What you fail to realize is that is NOT what happens when a rocket launch fails. That's what happens when the ABORT mechanism is triggered. When they fall over they keep going as long as there is thrust and the fuel tanks aren't ruptured - hence the NEED for an ABORT Mechanism.

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I laughed like crazy. Then I realized it wasn't a dream. Then I felt guilty.

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Yeah we laughed too. I think it's just a case of a bad director not sure how to mix drama and comedy. You see that SPACE AVAILABLE sign and 30 seconds later they're showing Billy Bob lying near death in a hospital bed with his crying family.

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After I realized it wasn't a dream sequence I then wondered how he could let his family be in danger when all the windows shattered inside, that could of killed them....

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