Steve Says Gravity Will Leave You Breathless

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It’s not often you go to the theater and literally have your breath taken away.

Gravity is a very simple story of an astronaut mission gone wrong. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are in space together, but that is where the similarities between the two end. This is Stone’s first time in space, while it is Kowalski’s final mission. They are each up there for a reason and everything is going rather smoothly as the two speak about what they like about being in space.

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Kowalski is known for saying that he doesn’t feel very confident about a mission. He will then come up with a story about how a particular situation back on Earth made him feel. This was no doubt a way for him to ease the pressure on the rest of the crew and to pass the time as quickly as possible so that they may head back to Earth the following day to their regularly scheduled lives.

GRAVITY

As you have seen over and over again in the trailer, something goes terribly wrong. There is a storm of debris racing towards them at an alarming rate. The doctor needs to hurry up with the repair that she is tending to in order for everyone to get back into the shuttle to escape the debris storm. Unfortunately, that is not how it goes down and the two need to get each other through this disaster of a situation.

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I saw a bit of Castaway in some parts of Gravity. Instead of the island, it was space. They are both desperate situations involving desperate people. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are simply outstanding in Gravity. During several very intense moments, I found myself grasping for air just as I was seeing onscreen. It is such a hard thing to imagine. To be stuck in space without much hope of survival. Gravity might have people waking up in the middle of the night with a case of cold sweats after waking up from a nightmare about simply languishing in outer space.

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The most impressive part of Gravity was that the story takes place almost entirely in space. There really is no concept of what is happening on Earth. The audience is 100% involved in what is happening above the Earth’s atmosphere and they do not have to worry about other story lines getting in the way. Simply put, Gravity is one of the best movies I have seen all year.

Final Word – 4 Stars

Check out Scott’s review of Gravity here!