Reviewed by: Curtis McParland
Sandra Bullock … Ryan Stone
George Clooney … Matt Kowalski
Ed Harris … Mission Control (voice)
Orto Ignatiussen … Aningaaq (voice)
Phaldut Sharma … Shariff (voice)
Amy Warren … Explorer Captain (voice)
Basher Savage … Russian Space Station Captain (voice)
|Director||Alfonso Cuarón —“Children of Men,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”|
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|Distributor||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“Don’t let go”
Imagine being in space. The Earth below you is a breathtaking site to behold. It’s clear and open for miles around you, and while floating in zero gravity you have a beautiful view of the sun rising from behind the Earth. Now imagine being in a spacesuit fending for your life. You’re dodging space debris and have an oxygen level of 8% or less. Meet Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). They are in this real life situation. Their mission at this point: survival. Dr. Stone and Matt Kowalski’s astronomical skills are put to the test as they flee their destroyed space shuttle and try to make it to another orbiting station before they not only run out of oxygen, but jetpack fuel as well—all while floating 200 miles above Earth’s surface.
Although there is no reference to a Creator in the script, “Gravity” is still a film that displays the beauty of God’s creation through its sweeping cinematography and visuals of Earth and the galaxy surrounding it. Space travel is dangerous, and director Alfonso Cuarón doesn’t refrain from showing us the extreme peril these astronauts face. “Gravity” is a work of art that shouldn’t be missed by fans of space films or people who study film (like myself). It’s not just a movie, but an experience. However, there is some content that some viewers may want to be aware of before walking into “Gravity”.
There is some very light sexual content, including a brief mention of an affair, light flirting (Kowalski makes a pass at Dr. Stone), and Dr. Stone wears a formfitting tank top and short shorts when she removes her space suit. There is some brief strong language (as the rating suggests) including one f-word, about seven s-words, three misuses of God’s name and one abuse of Christ’s name. There are a few mild scattered profanities in the film including the a-word, d**n (4), h*ll (8), and SOB.
The action gets quite intense at times when debris collides with the space shuttle and various stations. The two main characters are in constant peril throughout most of the film, which include fires, low oxygen and constantly dodging debris. ***SPOILER*** A few corpses are seen floating in a destroyed space station (a brief jump scene) while some are drifting off into space which can be disturbing/frightening to some viewers. They are frozen stiff, including one with half of his face missing due to collision with space debris. ***END SPOILER***.
The only alcohol content present in the film is when Kowalski takes a brief sip of vodka.
On a filmmaking note, “Gravity” is the best film I have seen this year, not only visually but in terms of storytelling and directing. The opening sequence is simply breathtaking and lasts about 15 minutes without any cuts. Director Alfonso Cuarón sets the pacing perfectly for this sweeping 90 minute thrill ride with a great blend of slow moving moments and intense perilous sequences. The visual effects are stunning and, when combined with 3D, almost make you feel that you are in the movie. It is the best post-converted 2D to 3D film I have ever seen and is definitely worth the 3D premium price.
Both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney give phenomenal performances, and Steven Price’s compelling musical score adds so much more depth to the film. Come Oscar® season, I’m sure this film will be nominated for multiple awards.
There aren’t many spiritual elements to “Gravity”, but there is one moment in the film where Dr. Stone isn’t sure where her faith stands. She admits over the radio that she was never taught how to pray but asks those on the other end to pray for her. To me, it appeared that she had a feeling that God exists but doesn’t know where to start or how to seek Him. Throughout her journey, I was able to pull from the film that she realized that Someone was constantly looking out for her. Although there is no mention of Buddhism, we briefly see a small Buddha sitting on a control panel in a Chinese space station.
God is always there watching out for us. He’s standing at the door knocking. We just have to let Him in to our lives. Everything in life happens for a reason and it all happens in God’s timing. Bullock’s character not only learns how to let go of things in life but to also not give up in times of deep peril.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” —2 Corinthians 4:16.
“Gravity” is a beautiful, breathtaking film that doesn’t refrain from the sheer terror of space travel. This is fiction but presented in a frighteningly realistic situation. “Gravity” tells its story the way it should be told: space travel is extremely dangerous and not for the faint of heart. Although there are some disturbing images and some brief, scattered strong language, I recommend “Gravity” for ages 13+ (as the rating suggests).
Being set in space, it is a dark film but one filled with hope and courage. Although our lives may be in danger, we need to hold on and not simply give up. Like Dr. Stone, we need to seek the truth. We need to be aware that Someone is always watching out for us and be thankful for His provision in our lives. If there is a chance of hope and survival, we need to learn to hold on and not simply let go…
Violence: Moderate to heavy / Profanity: Moderate to heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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