There is nothing quite like the first time you look up into the night sky and wonder to yourself what its like being in the cold vacuum of space. A sense of insignificance flows over your body and you feel incredibly small compared to the sheer size of the universe. I personally think the reason why science fiction films speak to me so much is because I am completely fascinated with the future; what it holds, how far can we go, and most importantly, what is space like. [Gravity](movie:41913) is a film that broke many barriers technologically, and gave the audience a sense of what it would be like to be in space.
In case you have been living under a rock for the past few months, here is a quick synopsis of the film. POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH!
Gravity begins with Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) doing what seems to be repair work on the Hubble space telescope (mainly just Sandra Bullock doing the work while George Clooney zips around on his sweet jet pack) when they receive news that the Russians shot down one of their satellites and the debris from the explosion is heading their way. After the cloud of debris goes through their vicinity, completely destroying the space shuttle and all of the tax payer's dollars, Ryan and Matt are the only surviving crew members. Without giving too much away, a series of events separates Ryan from Matt and she must now fight for her survival and return to Earth.
I'm not going to beat around the bush too much on this review due to the fact that there really isn't much of a story line and the movie clocks in at a mere 91 minutes. I'll do this review in the form of a compliment sandwich (or at least I'll attempt to). First, I really do enjoy movies about space. It is such a fascinating unexplored and unknown region that one cannot do anything but just be amazed by it. Gravity shows space in such beauty that it is really quite mind blowing. This movie stands out in the list of movies that depict space almost perfectly (in my mind). Sadly once you get past the beauty of the final frontier and start to realize what is actually happening in the movie, it seems to have spoiled it all. The film contains a handful of scenes copy and pasted: Sandra Bullock floating through space with just her thoughts, Sandra in a ship with just her thoughts, Sandra doing a spacewalk to get out of her predicament, and Matt Kowalski trying to get in Ryan Stone's pants. I'm not really sure what else I was expecting to happen when I first watched this movie, but I was definitely expecting something more. But to top off the compliment sandwich, Gravity has the Hubble space telescope in it. I don't care who you are, you have to admit, the Hubble is pretty fucking cool.
I've watched Gravity a few times now trying to figure out if there was something I missed; a reason why it won 7 Oscars and why people are so infatuated with this film. But alas, I cannot seem to find the reason. After my first viewing of this movie, I thought it was a cool flick. But after every other time watching Gravity, it seemed to get worse and worse until I finally watched it with my mother to see what her opinion of the movie was. She said one sentence to me and I thought it perfectly summed up the movie when you boil it down.
"Mike, what the fuck was that?"
Thank you mother for perfectly summing up my feelings about Gravity. If you want to watch a great movie about space that will make you think about your place in the universe, do yourself a favor and watch 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.