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Did Bret Easton Ellis Spoil Gravity With a Tweet?

Still from Gravity
Still from Gravity

This gripe may have been stale in 1998, but movie trailers are so packed with exposition and narration nowadays that audiences expect the film to be ruined long before it opens at their local theater. This is partly why there's so much excitement surrounding Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming film Gravity.

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All the promotional material has been spartan and mysterious, and people may actually have to see the movie to find out what happens.

Well, unless they follow novelist Bret Easton Ellis on Twitter.

Earlier this month, Ellis saw an early screening of Gravity and wasn't too impressed. His 140-character review also contained a spoiler, which we are about to post.

WARNING: SPOILER ON THE NEXT PAGE, AS IF YOU COULDN'T TELL BY THE HEADLINE OR PREVIOUS SENTENCE.

 

After many of his followers vented their ire, Ellis went on, divulging even more information about Gravity.

HEY, YOU'RE ABOUT TO READ ANOTHER SPOILER. THIS IS PUT HERE BECAUSE WE CARE FOR YOU AND WOULD NEVER COMPROMISE YOUR SACRED MOVIE-GOING EXPERIENCE:

This raises some questions:

Should people who have already made the conscious decision to subject themselves to a constant, un-edited stream of information have the right to complain when some of it is not to their liking?

Does this even "spoil" Gravity? Isn't the reward of seeing a movie the experience as a whole, and not just a few major events that an intelligent viewer would be able to intuit on his or her own?

Seriously, does this actually spoil Gravity? The trailers are so vague we can't tell.

Aren't we even more guilty here? We are essentially just stripping everything away and saying, "Hey, look at this spoiler!" That's messed up.

How does Ellis's The Canyons end? (James Deen dies. Or does he? We don't know, we've never seen it.)


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