“Gravity” is a must-see thriller
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 02:10
The average observer may look at a “Gravity” movie poster, and expect just another predictably suspenseful, unrealistic science-y horror film and the typical plot of something going horribly wrong in the laboratory and the consequence of a corrupt government decision. Contrary to these expectations, “Gravity” has much more to offer than the typical science thriller.
A gorgeous image of the side of the Earth is displayed in silence, surrounded by black space. We learn that the astronauts are in the process of repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, when suddenly Mission Control tells them that they must abort the mission, due to satellite debris from a Russian missile strike.
Sandra Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, is a mission specialist on her first space mission with a certain sensitivity about her. George Clooney’s character is Matt Kowalski, a veteran astronaut on his last mission. He has a confident and charming personality.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are essentially the only actors we see in the entire film, with the exception of a few minor characters, making it possible to form a more intimate relationship with the characters on screen.
One aspect of the film that was truly impressive was the production of digital effects. Given that the movie takes place in outer space, digital artists already had a perfect canvas to work with.
In terms of believability, (because it is a science fiction film), “Gravity” is convincing in the series of events it presents. The dialogue used is professional and legitimate, as we learn more about the characters. Bullock speaks with such human qualities, to portray her character, which is meant to be relatable for the audience. Her fear and reactions to situations brings the audience a sensation that causes the gripping of seats, and chills down spines.
Ryan Stone is a character we learn to sympathize with, as she is the rookie, left to make decisions for herself in order to save her life. We are taken through every minute of action with Stone, learning more about her secret life back home. Her motives for survival intrigue the audience, causing us to stay on the edge of our seats as we gain a liking for her.
Bullocks’ character is representative of the fear that lives inside all of us; the fear of the past, present and future. Stone’s extreme situation may give us some perspective on our own issues in real life, and help validate some of the human desires we are aware of, but are too unconscious of to focus on. The film focuses on overcoming a major obstacle, both mentally and physically, and ultimately the choice to live a meaningful life.
“Gravity” will provide you with fist-clenching suspense, along with deep, thought-provoking topics. This thrilling and surprisingly intelligent film makes for a great night at the theater.