run time: 90 mins
considered: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
movie summary: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Space, the final frontier, these are the voyages… of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney lost in space.
Ryan Stone (Bullock) is an astronaut who is paired with Matt Kowalski (Clooney) and tasked with doing repairs on the Hubble telescope. Kowalski is attached to a floating chair that has thrusters, while Stone is attached to the telescope by a cable.
Somewhere in space a Russian satellite is destroyed and now is nothing but pieces orbiting the earth at a few hundred miles an hour. Houston radios the Explorer to abort the mission and return to the shuttle because debris is headed their way. The crew rushes to get back but it is too late, soon the pieces of debris hit the astronauts like a tidal wave and wipe out the shuttle and telescope. Stone’s cable is destroyed and she begins to float away. Kowalski is able to maneuver through the debris and rescues her far away from the shuttle. The pair begin a long journey to the International Space Station, only to find it’s also been hit with no survivors.
No one else in space is alive, there’s no communication with earth, and their oxygen supply is running out. Kowalski decides that they have enough oxygen and thrusters to make to the Russian space station. The wave of debris has destroyed this station too, leaving the pair without any hope of survival. Stone has run out of air, and is left at the space station to recover. Soon Kowalski is gone, and she is all alone. She is able to disembark on an escape pod with the goal of floating a few hundred miles to the Chinese space station. After losing all the power in the pod, Stone decides to give up. She knows time is about to run out before the wave of debris hits again and destroys any chance of returning to earth.
I was not interested in this movie after seeing the first trailer, because what kind of movie can you make about someone floating through space, but early reviews made this film seem like it’s one of the greatest ever. The story is compelling and the few action scenes are really tense, but I guess I miss the whole point/message of the movie. The plot seems unrealistic on many levels, so to have anyone survive is very far-fetched. There will be people who love this film, and others will dislike it. It is a movie worth watching on the big screen because the earth backdrop is truly amazing, but only you’ll know how to rate it after seeing it.
One final funny comment, Gravity could have been titled “Oxygen” because as soon as the pair would have run out of oxygen, this movie could have been over!
my star rating: 6 out 10