Clone, no movie is perfect and you do bring up some valid questions. However, it would seem that almost nobody else cares about these as the movie currently holds a 97% rating at rotten tomatoes with critics and a 89% with the audience. And it's set the record for opening weekend for a movie in October.
Before responding, let me just say I respect your opinion that you didn't like the movie (that's fine, I'm sure there are many movies you like that I don't. I don't like LoTR, I found it boring and I know I'm in a minority considering how much the critics and box office loves it), so please don't think I'm attacking you or your opinion. It just seems like you have a real hate on for this movie.
The following contains spoilers. If you've read this far and haven't watched the movie yet...well...go watch the movie then continue reading : )
Why didn't they go back for oxygen or get a spare pack? I dunno, but people do strange and unpredictable things when they're in shock (as Bullock's character would certainly be). Clooney did say the jet pack was experimental, so perhaps it was the only one? The shuttle was a complete wreck and maybe charging the jetpack/oxygen tanks required a fine degree of finesse to fit the hose fittings (ie, require fingers and NOT those bulky gloves) so it would have to be done in an oxygen atmosphere?
Clooney was getting Bullock to keep talking to keep her calm rather than her just floating in silence which could cause a panic attack.
Bullock couldn't go after Clooney as 1) She had no idea where he was (visibility was very limited from the rocket), 2) She had no idea if he was alive, 3) She didn't have time on her side and 4) she only had movement thrusters and only 1 burn. Even if she did somehow find Clooney, she had no way of stopping the rocket. If she used all her thrusters to stop, they'd be dead in space with NO landing rockets to move forward again.
And yes, she make a lot of mistakes (like missing the little fire, which was behind the door that she floated right past. The movie camera followed Bullock and then went around the panel so that the audience could see the fire, but Bullock wouldn't catch it unless she was specifically looking at that panel).
I get that you don't like the movie, but here is a movie that is very original. It's not ANOTHER superhero movie or some other rebooted/rehashed plot. It is new. Yes, it's similar to Apollo 13 (there's only so much that can go wrong in space), but it was different enough to stand on it's own.
However, regarding the "inaccuracies, I got this quote from Wikipedia
Cuarón has stated that the film is not always scientifically accurate and that some liberties were needed to sustain the story. Nevertheless, the film has been praised for the realism of its premises and its overall adherence to physical principles, despite a few inaccuracies and exaggerations. According to NASA Astronaut Michael J. Massimino, who took part in two Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Missions (STS-109 and STS-125), "nothing was out of place, nothing was missing. There was a one of a kind wirecutter we used on one of my spacewalks and sure enough they had that wirecutter in the movie."On October 6, 2013, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson posted some inaccuracies in his official Twitter account.Examples of inaccuracies include:
- The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which is being repaired at the beginning of the movie, has an orbit of about 559 kilometers (347 mi). The ISS, on the other hand, has a very slightly elliptical orbit at around 420 kilometers (260 mi), and a very different orbital plane. It would, therefore, be impossible for an astronaut to migrate from the Hubble orbit to the ISS with a unit similar to the Manned Maneuvering Unit which had an approximate 6 hour working time.
- Stone's tears are seen running down and floating off her face. Without sufficient force to dislodge the tears, the tears would remain on her face due to surface tension. However, the movie correctly portrays the spherical appearance of liquid drops in a micro-gravity environment.
- During reentry, Stone's helmet and other objects are still floating inside the capsule despite the fact that it is already decelerating through the atmosphere.
- Stone mentions that she has only six months training and was brought onto the flight for her specialized skillset. Such a person is referred to as a "payload specialist", not a "mission specialist", and would never have trained to do a spacewalk or land a spacecraft.
- Rather than leaving a gaping hole, space debris impacting an astronaut would combust the oxygen in their suit and incinerate them.
To quote a few other very well respected people (from the same article)
The film was praised by filmmakers James Cameron, who said, "I think it's the best space photography ever done, I think it's the best space film ever done, and it's the movie I've been hungry to see for an awful long time", and Quentin Tarantino, who named it one of the ten best movies of 2013 so far. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is also a big fan of the film, calling the visual effects "remarkable". He goes on saying, "I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity. Going through the space station was done just the way that I've seen people do it in reality. The spinning is going to happen—maybe not quite that vigorous—but certainly we've been fortunate that people haven't been in those situations yet.
So it seems that the scientific community and even other big name directors don't have nearly as many problems with this as you do. Again, don't take this as a personal attack, but I'm going to side with the NASA Astronaut Michael J. Massimino when he says "nothing was out of place, nothing was missing." So obviously he and Buzz Aldrin, guys who have actually been there, done that, don't share many of your issues.
Again, I do respect that you didn't like the movie, but it just seems you have a special "hate" for this, trying to nitpick every little thing. I don't want to start an argument, but at the same time I don't want people to read your post thinking this movie is full of blunders giving the impression it was directed by Michael Bay.