In what could be the most laughably pitiful movie of all time, Sandra Bullock’s character manages to incur all the bad luck in the universe in Gravity, a thrilling story set some 600 kilometers above Earth.
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Y tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men), Gravity tells the story of Ryan Stone, a newbie female astronaut tasked to install something on the Hubble space telescope. She’s joined by astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) who is the stereotypical cool dude in stressful situations and an Indian guy who fulfills the diversity requirement for the film.
The movie’s otherwise calm atmosphere gets shaken when the astronauts get notified of a space accident involving a Russian missile hitting one of its satellites. The result is a storm of death in the form of high-speed space debris whose main job is to make Stone’s life a test of strength.
Even if it appeared to me as Life of Pi space edition, I liked the film enough to see it twice last week. Rolling Stone calls it Bullock’s performance of a lifetime, which is not much of an exaggeration. The movie got it right with the Bullock-Clooney tandem and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Cuaron gets an Oscar nod for direction. The movie’s cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, is also making a buzz for himself for the Oscar race, and we don’t disagree with that.
The film is an exploratory piece on human desperation and the ways Bullock’s character responded to it. She managed to pull off a performance we can easily root for and hate at the same time, which I guess is indicative of a good job. The film in itself is filled with symbolisms and references about life, solitude and rebirth, and there are a few cathartic moments that will convince you a film this creative deserves a spot in the Oscars. Stone’s ordeals were so intense and numerous it already borders on the comedic, but still, overall, it’s a nice film you should see for yourself.
SPOILER ALERT HERE
The film ends with Stone managing to land on Earth, but not until she proves that Murphy’s Law is real. My friends and I had our suggestions on how the film should’ve ended.
Me: She lands in Syria and dies from a gas attack.
Friend 1: She swims to the shore and gets greeted by a hungry crocodile.
Friend 2: She survives, goes home, gets checked and discovers she has stage 4 cancer.