Synopsis: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.-IMDB
Tagline: Don’t let go.
Release Date: 2013-10-4 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 2
I think they were definitely suffering under delusions of grandeur when they made this film. Gravity sets out to be this epic story of survival in space, and instead is just an overly predictable movie of disaster after disaster with unnecessary backstory with an actress and actor who have done much better work on … pretty much anything else beside this movie.
The synopsis makes it sound like Bullock and Clooney are together for most of the film, and its simply not true. He’s around for maybe 1/5th of it, if that. Not that’s a bad thing, as I’d much rather watch Bullock in general. So, you have a movie that’s essentially resting all its hopes on the acting ability of one person, and that’s always a dangerous proposition, especially when the plot itself is water-thin. I don’t blame Bullock for how bad Gravity is. I think she did the best she could with what she had.
Gravity starts off strong, with a disaster in space that (if not too believable) leads to an absolutely terrifying situation that makes me shudder just thinking about it. However, once that bit of scary happens, it swiftly switches gears and becomes one generic disaster scene after another, until by 3/4th of the way into the movie, you’re yawning and checking the time, wondering how much more you have to put up with.
…and then there’s the backstory they give Bullock’s character. Why in the world do writers/directors feel they have to inject a dead child into a story somewhere to give it a more emotional impact? As someone who has lost a child, its downright offensive that Hollywood uses child loss as such an easy sob-story injection into weak movies to try to get more of an emotional connection. If your movies were actually any good, you wouldn’t need the dead child side-note!
Overall, Gravity could have been much better than it was, but as it is, its barely worth the money you’d spent to rent it. Rent Gravity on Amazon.