GRAVITY REVISITED - Part Two

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By Taylor Mehaffy

Cuarón’s Gravity: What a Great Gravitational Pull

            Gravity is a jaw-dropping film.  From the very beginning, the intense, stomach-churning plot grabs your attention.  The film is amazingly directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men), who also co-wrote the film with his son, Jonás Cuarón (Year of the Nail). 

            In the opening scene, we see Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) going for a spacewalk, while Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is trying to fix a computer system on the outside of the Explorer.  Mission control alerts them that the Russians sent missiles into orbit to take down one of their own satellites, which causes debris to begin orbiting and colliding with other spacecrafts.  This causes all of the problems within the movie’s plot.  This immediately grabs the attention of the audience.  Who hasn’t dreamt of being an astronaut as a child?  This movie will definitely make you glad that you chose a different career path.

             (Spoiler Alert) Kowalski is a married veteran astronaut from Texas.  He is known for his comedic stories about events in his past that he always tells to mission control.  Stone is a single, medical engineer from a small town in Illinois.  She’s a medical engineer whose daughter passed away.  There was one other astronaut outside of the Explorer at the time of the collision and that was a man who we don’t really learn anything about.  His name is Shariff, played by Phaldut Sharma (Children of Men, EastEnders).  There is a gruesome scene that shows his corpse floating throughout space. 

            There is only one thing that I disliked about the film: in space, there is no gravity, but there is one scene where Clooney’s character is being pulled away from Bullock.  If there is no gravity, what was pulling him away? Was this a thoughtless mistake on Cuarón’s part?

            Also, the ending was brilliantly done.  The last scene brought up some things that I had never thought about when astronauts return to Earth.  I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone whom would like to see it, but you will not be disappointed.

            Gravity was by far one of the best and most enthralling films that I have seen in a very long time.  If you can, go see it in 3-D.  It adds so much to the experience.  I would definitely pay the money to go see it again.  The Cuarón men created a wonderful gravitational pull with their film, Gravity.  If Gravity doesn’t win awards, it will be a travesty.   

 

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El Gaucho said on Tuesday, Nov 12 at 11:04 AM

For your information, there is most certainly gravity in space! This is a common misconception of those who think they understand space. There is a gravitational attraction between any two objects with mass. Why do you think the planets orbit the sun? What do you think keeps the space shuttle in orbit around the earth. The answer is without a doubt Gravity!

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