Gravity Keeps You in Your Seat, Film Review by William Weske

This weekend I had the chance to go see Gravity in IMAX and it was totally mind-blowing.  Gravity was directed by Alfonso Cuarón . It starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as surviving astronauts from a damaged Space Shuttle mission, as they attempt to return to Earth.

The movie starts off with Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) working on the Hubble Space Telescope.  Stones character is on her first space walk while veteran Kowalski is on his last.  As they’re about to finish the repairs Mission Control warns them of incoming debris from a missile strike on a defunct satellite.  Then all hell breaks loose.  After this point they have to jump from one ship to another while trying to escape the debris every 90 minutes (90 minutes in movie time) while trying to survive with little oxygen to survive on.  What Jaws was to the ocean and dinosaurs were to Jurassic Park, debris in space is some scary shiznit!

Poster from IMDB

The visuals on this movie were nothing short of amazing!  Though they do have this film in 2D, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not seeing it in IMAX 3D.  Watching the debris tear up the space shuttle and all the chaos that came with it was just a trip.  Though despite the chaos every 90 minutes you were treated with beautiful images of the earth as it rotated.  You saw everything from hurricanes, sunset, sunrise, mountain ranges and beautiful shorelines.  The surreal beauty comforts you while you’re still recovering for the debris induced heart attack.

The score of this film was so great, you couldn’t even hear it, well not really.  When it was time for the chaotic debris everything got so intense it had you heart beating in rhythm with scary deep sounds of the bass.  In between events it was like you were in space and all you heard was the sounds of your suit.  Well you did have the comforting music of Hank Williams Jr. playing over Clooney’s headset for a half the movie but that just added to the dark, depressing, alone feel to the movie.  This movie really kicked up the bass and I think that’s what really got to me.  It sucked you into every scene.

So after watching this movie I’m starting to have second thoughts on space travel.  Yeah it’s a big place but it’s also has a lot of stuff floating around in it.  I’m sure after making this movie you’re not going to see Clooney or Bullock purchasing a ticket for the Virgin Galactic Space trip.  This movie though was just so simple and perfect.  It had its intense scenes followed by peaceful drifts through space.  Visuals and music were enough for me to give this film 5 stars.  The film is a trip and will have you spinning aimlessly that when you leave the theatre it will take you a moment to regain your sense of balance.

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