Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gravity

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Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignaiussen, Phaldut Sharma, Amy Warren, Basher Savage

Plot Summary: During an EVA exercise (Extra Vehicular Activity) a pair of astronauts are stranded in orbit around the Earth when catastrophe strikes.

I'd heard about this movie and it's reviews during its theatrical run. I'd noted that it was one of the movies I'd want to see. After all it has Sandra Bullock. One of the inspirations for the character Mila in my book A Lady's Prerogative via the movie Practical Magic which I only saw after I'd written A Lady's Prerogative. Natually I've always had a great admiration for Sandra and Gravity is another of her many defining roles and underlines the strength and perseverance of not only Women, but people as a whole. That said she is a credit to us all and especially so in Gravity.

Upon watching this movie you may have an understanding of the kind of risks that astronauts have faced every single day of their missions since the start of every space program around the globe. There are no borders in space and none to be scene (pun intended) there from upon the face of the Earth. Gravity is an incredible allegory at its core and is more about the endeavor to survive even in the worst of situations and the situation in which Ryan (Bullock's character) finds herself is beyond our worst imaginings. Sandra plays this role with incredible tenacity. Her performance takes us to the very core of our mortality and her direct confrontation with her own within the dire circumstances depicted.

George Clooney is there as the anchor of safety. The point to which we tether ourselves when everything is awry. His performance too is brilliant and charismatic and thanks to the directors insight, Clooney is used to stabilize the situation before the carpet is pulled from under your feet at which point you can only see the hundred and twenty eight miles beneath your feet as you roll in orbit above the Earth.

The writer and director of this movie were in sync and plays us like a fine instrument through the director of photography's depiction of catastrophe with incredible but believable effects. You might feel as if you're watching footage from the archives of NASA, the ESA (European Space Agency) and the CNSA (Chinese National Space Administration). In space there are no borders and this movie reminds us of that wonderfully. I expect that anyone who watches this movie might never again complain of Chinese manufacturing for when we endeavor to achieve great heights together despite our culture of origin and the borders there defined, we are as one. In this sense it is Bullock who carries the flag for astronauts and who in turn in real life carry the flags for us all. This movie is a grim reminder of the fragility of our endeavors in space and the risks the astronauts face each and every day.

Beyond comprehension! Two thumbs up!

Brian Joseph Johns

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