“You’re gonna have to learn to let go.”– George Clooney as Matt Kowalski
What’s good: The action is extremely intense and the visuals are the best yet.
What’s not good: It is so slow and boring in between each stunt.
What happened: Learning to let go is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do in life. Whether it is because of guilt, hope, or fear, we all have our reasons for not wanting to accept our new reality. ‘Gravity’ explores this all important life lesson as two astronauts struggle to survive in outer space.
A week in to her first ever space mission, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is struggling to keep her composure. Her body still hasn’t adjusted to the lack of gravity and no one seems to take her suggestions seriously. Ryan doesn’t talk about her personal life much either; especially after what happened to her child years ago. She is using this situation to get away from her troubles, but she will soon find out that an even bigger issue is on the horizon.
Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is the wise-cracking, pilot of the crew. It is his last mission before retirement and he is making sure to enjoy every minute of it. Everything seems fine until NASA suddenly aborts the mission and warns of an imminent danger. The routine destruction of a few Russian satellites turns a calm outing into a nightmarish hell. Debris is suddenly headed their way and they have only moments to spare. Kowalski and Stone soon realize they are the sole survivors of the wreckage and must figure out how to live long enough to get back home.
The visuals for ‘Gravity’ are absolutely stunning. Wait until you see how cool the earth looks from the astronaut’s point of view. This is as close as any of us will ever get to enjoy our planet from this perspective. Go ahead and fork over the extra cash for the 3D, IMAX, or preferably both. It is worth it because this film takes full advantage of their capabilities. It is also great to watch the carnage unfold as the debris obliterates everything in its path. The destruction is massive and seeing what happened to the crew was downright creepy too. Director Alfonso Cauron always does an amazing job of adding heart and depth to his characters on screen. Tying Ryan Stone’s back story to the events in space really makes you root for them to make it out alive.
Even great films are flawed and this one certainly has a few. First of all, the opening moments are so boring that you will tune out momentarily even if you don’t mean to. It just takes far too long before anything interesting happens. George Clooney’s jokes at the beginning are not very funny either. Better dialogue and humor would have helped tremendously. This same lull happens between each action sequence too. Also, Bullock’s character spins out of control so much that some may suffer from an upset stomach. Finally, the end proves to be a bit problematic. Using a fire extinguisher to catch up to a moving space station seemed absurd. This minor gripe, along with other issues, prevents ‘Gravity’ from perfection.
Bottom Line: ‘Gravity’ is a definite must see despite some really boring moments.
Rating: PG-13 Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
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