Gravity is an interesting new science fiction movie starring Sandra Bullock as an astronaut engineer. While installing a new system into the Hubble telescope, her team gets word that the Russian government has blown up one of their satellites. As a result, debris is flying around the planet at insane speeds creating more debris. It tears through the ship and the telescope, sending Bullock’s character spinning off into space. She is saved by George Clooney, who is the mission pilot, from spinning off into space but then they have to find a way to get back to Earth safely with their ship and most of the crew lost. On top of that, the biggest problem becomes that the debris storm comes around the planet every 90 minutes. Gravity is not science fiction in the way of “aliens attack everyone,” it more asks the question of what would happen to people in this situation in space. Bullock does a great job as usual playing an awkward, kind of nerdy, quiet girl and the contrast with Clooney’s talkative pilot character is really interesting. I really liked that the cast of this movie was super small, it added to the sense of isolation in space. The action sequences in space are super unnerving because in space, you can’t actually hear anything around you. So, when things start getting destroyed, it gives a sense of claustrophobia that one might experience in an astronaut’s suit. I really enjoyed this movie and it’s the first movie in a long time where the 3D actually enhanced the experience. It gave an enormous sense of size and space and you really see the damage as the bits of debris fly at you from the destroyed machines. The story itself is about forgiveness, rebirth and strength. Can one person find a way to get out of the worst situation in space? If you would like to see a different, more thoughtful side to science fiction, go out and see this movie in theaters.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.