Gravity is a movie of style and substance. It’s a movie that will remind you of “2001: A Space Odyssey” because of its undertones of spirituality and the rebirth of the human soul.
George Clooney plays Matt Kowalski and Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, two astronauts and medical engineers floating through space trying to fix a satellite. However, their mission goes awry when debris from an exploded satellite begin to hurl into space, destroying the astronauts shuttle. Thus, begins Kowalski and Stone’s journey to survive in space.
Throughout the movie, we see Clooney and Bullock surviving impossible odds to get to a Russian Space station and then to a Chinese pod, which will take them back to earth. The whole movie comprises of realistic action and suspense.
However, it is not all action. The story has substance, which gives the movie a level of depth you may or may not find in many films as of late. The movie is ultimately about Bullock’s character, who finds spirituality and rebirth. The aspects of her character gaining spirituality come near the end of the movie, while her rebirth is symbolically place throughout the movie. There is one pivotal scene where Bullocks character finally finds a pod before running out of oxygen in her spacesuit. Once inside the pod, she begins to breathe oxygen again, and, as she begins to breathe normally, her body floats in a fetal position in front of the pod’s circular window’s gleaming white light. As she is floating in this position, in the background are two white tubes that are placed by Bullocks stomach and reach upwards.This symbolizes her umbilical cord, and as we will see later in the movie, her eventual rebirth. You will have to see the movie to understand the evolution of Bullock’s character.
Don’t miss “Gravity,” now playing at a theater near you. “Gravity” is rated PG-13.