The idea to send ourselves into the heavens of space had been a prosperity for mankind for ages. In the past fifty years, we have finally made our mission a go when Sputnik was the first machine out of the Earth and the cosmonauts were the first to pierce the universe, and Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. We continue to send our men and women into the cosmos, yet the never-ending plane of darkness remains mysterious to us Earthlings. You have to admit that at least once as a child, you wanted to go into space. Do I still have this dream? I would like to go, but due to the better-qualified individuals of NASA and that we seemed to be closed on private space flights, I don’t know if that’s a possibility.
I want to experience space, and I mean real outer space. Not the laser filled Broadway show that is Star Wars. I mean the deep vacuum that scientists have talked out, the kind that even film cameras have yet to do justice. Much of space I’ve seen felt like obvious CGI or model creations and never the real thing. Thanks to the creativity of director Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity has given me the most intense space I have ever taken (at the same levels of 2001: A Space Odyssey).
The Hubble Telescope is being repaired on again from American astronauts from the Space Shuttle Explorer. Commanding this mission while out on his last space flight is Matt Kowalski (played by George Clooney). Doing much of the technical work is a mission specialist named Dr. Ryan Stone (played by Sandra Bullock), who is actually on her first space mission. They get warning from Houston that debris from a Russian satellite explosion is heading in their way. By the time they start to pack up, it’s too late.
The debris crashes all over the shuttle, causing Stone to detach and free float around the Earth’s orbit. Kowalski, who is on a booster rocket thruster pack, retrieves Stone, only to find the shuttle beyond use, and the rest of the crew dead. They decide to make their way to the International Space Station to make use of the escape modules before ninety minutes (in which the debris would have completed another orbit and again threaten the astronauts). Just as they find the space station, they see that plan A may be out of the cards, so they will have to come up with a plan B if they want to return home.
Gravity blew me away light it did for Sandra Bullock. This may be the best film of 2013 for a number of reasons. Space itself plays a character, sometimes being the beautiful vast plane it is, to a threatening, unknown cold vacuum that can kill at any minute. A lot of it thrives on the emotions of Sandra Bullock who may have already won this years Oscar for best actress. She plays the most vulnerable human being as she already has a sad history along with her deadly drift. Given that most of this was digitally shot, I would love to see the behind the scenes story on how she was able to pull off much of this.
What makes Space scarier then ever is that this is the first time we see this place with no sound. How come is it that we’ve known that no sound can happen in the cosmos, yet it took until 2013 to actually do so? This is the modern day Hitchcock film that not only we wanted, but what we needed. Gravity exists to prove that a movie can be intense, beautiful, and fulfilling at that same time.
I’ll give this five space modules out of five. I saw this in IMAX 3D, and that only adds to the experience of this amazing thriller. Gravity still gives me hope that the Hollywood system can turn out once in a lifetime stories like this. Space is now open to a new home of inspiration and thoughts; hopefully not all of them will be terrifying.