Gravity opened this weekend with huge revenues and will dominate the box office results. This film is no great Sci Fi thriller and some parts of the plot are very unbelievable. Using a fire extinguisher to navigate through space like Wall-E was a little over the top. With that said, Gravity is a film that will grip at your emotions and make you think a bit more about life and how fragile it can be.
The plot is pretty simple. Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock is going into space for the first time to help repair the Hubble Telescope. Matt Kowalsky, played by George Clooney, is the veteran here that finds himself stranded in space with Stone. After the opening sequences where we get a bit of humor from Bullock about not liking space, the characters’ ride home is destroyed and movie settles down into a rhythm of emotions that many of us never really think about. What would you do when you are staring certain death in the face after a tragedy?
Bullock and Clooney face this tragedy from very different angles and in such a depth that you will feel you are right there beside them, lost in space with almost no hope. Bullock wants to just curl up and die and Clooney is always thinking of how to get out of the situation, no matter how far fetched it may seem. The characters balance each other out and give us insight on how different personality types deal with disaster and eminent doom.
Director Alfonso Cuarón masterfully gives us deep and intriguing scenery and the 3D effects are top notch without being too “in your face.” It would be easy for the broad scenes to overcome the plot but Cuarón strikes a near perfect balance here. If you are expecting a typical Sci-Fi thriller then Gravity may be a disappointment to you. It is based in space but the location is secondary to the film. If you love deep movies that will have you running through the whole range of your emotions, then this film will deliver one of the best films you could ask for.
As of this writing, Gravity has taken in over $55 million dollars and is well on it’s way to dominating the box office for quite a while.
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