Gravity Review (2013)

Gravity ReviewSynopsis: 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

Trailer: Gravity


Gravity Review

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.

2 Star Rated Gravity Review

Title: Gravity (2013) | Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Actors:  Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris | Production Cos: Warner Bros., Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films  | Release Date: 2013-10-4 | Genre(s): Science Fiction & Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: Child Death (mentioned, playground accident) |  MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Rating: 2 out of 5

9 thoughts on “Gravity Review (2013)

  1. I really liked Gravity, although I agree with you that the insertion of the dead child backstory was an unnecessary and irritating element, just as was that pep-talk with the ghost of Clooney that had her find some sort of religious awakening or something to carry on. An easy short-cut by the scriptwriter, in my opinion.

  2. If you haven’t seen this movie on the big IMAX screen then I can see why you would get bored and keep looking at the time. I believe this movie was made to be seen on the big screen (I know not a good thing). The special effects were awesome, made you feel like you were out there and gave a better feel to how far humans would go for survival… I don’t think I would have enjoyed this at home. But I have to admit, Sandra Bullock did a great job holding the whole movie on her own (since she was practically alone most of the time)…

  3. Interesting. I haven’t seen it, although I feel I should have (I used to keep up with the big movie releases, but since I got ill that’s all just fallen away). When it was release I heard from others that it was pretty good, but I tend to take opinions at the time of release with a grain of salt. It’s interesting to hear another take on it.

    PS, not sure if you’re aware (I tried to structure it so everyone would get a pingback and be notified but I’m not sure if that worked) but I nominated you for a blog award.

  4. Agree about the backstory. Current script writing theory says protagonists must have a ‘wound’ that they need to overcome, so the writers gave Bullock a wound … but since in this case the wound has nothing whatsoever to do with the story, they threw in something that could be explained in one sentence. The things that bothered me most about Gravity were A) the ridiculous notion that it’s possible to hop from one satellite to another and B) that every time Bullock jumped, her first attempt to grab failed and she caught on only at the last possible second. Every time!

    On the good side, the scene where Clooney calmly enters Bullock’s ship and talks to her and then vanishes is a beautiful and memorable moment.

  5. I am completely surprised by your take on this. I’ve seen this and Martian, and I’d have to say they are very similar. Both have disaster strike over and over ad nauseum while the main characters have so little backstory the audience doesn’t know really why they care. The only reason I liked both is the guttural sense of survival–the thought of ‘what if that were me.’ Besides, that I was under impressed with both.

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