‘Gravity’ from Hollywood was fiction, ‘Salyut 7’ from the Russians isn’t
Incredible film from the Russians who spent one twentieth or less than the budget of Gravity to pull off an incredible film of a real event.
As I watched the movie I am reminded of Sting’s incredible song “Russians” and the words “…believe me when I say to you, the Russians love their children too”. After watching bits of Battleship Potemkin in the past this was the first full length Russian film I had watched and what a treat it turned out to be. True there are Hollywood inspired melodramatic moments but the Russians do pull off a lovely one. I watched this film a couple of years ago and immediately after “Gravity” but Salyut 7 far exceeded my expectations. From reviews and reports I learn that the special effects and production costs are below one twentieth or less than it cost to make “Gravity”.
The biggest strength of Salyut 7 is the fact that this movie is based on true events related to the salvaging of Salyut 7 a space station that went kaput and astronauts sent to revive it. The probability of docking with the space station was a one in a million and how the Russians dock with it and revive it with hardly any oxygen left for their survival in the Soyuz T-13 mission is what the movie is all about. And to think that all this happened way back in 1985 is just unbelievable and incredible. Towards the end of the film there is even footage of the real astronauts who went on this near fatal mission. The Russians did add a little bit of inaccuracy at the end, about the U.S.A’s Challenger Space Shuttle but that is forgivable. In the end this is a movie, highly recommended.
For the best experience watch it on a big screen with good sound and in Russian (with English subtitles).