‘Gravity’: Reasons Why Not to Become an Astronaut

The first thing that is to be said about “Gravity” is that it is not recommended to see this movie if you have trouble watching scenes that are overly suspenseful.

Other than that, Gravity would strike the interests of anyone who enjoys intense suspense thrillers or movies about space.

“Gravity” stars Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, Miss Congeniality) as Mission Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou?,  Ocean’s Eleven) as Lieutenant Matt Kowalsky.  Bullock’s character is a medical engineer currently on her first trip to space to help repair a satellite with veteran astronaut Kowalsky. As they are finishing up after a week-long trip, the two workers (and another specialist) get an alert from Houston that there will soon be debris flying in their path from a Russian missile explosion at the speed of a bullet. They attempt to get back to a safe location, but are soon caught in the wake of the debris. Although they survive, the astronauts have a tremendously strenuous task ahead of them.

Although this movie was enjoyable, there are many gut-wrenching scenes that can be hard to watch. All that Dr. Stone does to try to survive this accident make it seem like the universe is working against her. It feels almost as though everything that could possibly go wrong inevitably does for Dr. Stone. Stone goes through intense challenges in her attempt at survival.

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SANDRA BULLOCK as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller “GRAVITY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release/ COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

Bullock made herself very relatable which makes her the hero of this story. She often talks about how she lost her four year old daughter to a freak accident which has left a pretty obvious scar on her. She created a very personal relationship with the audience. She was also  the protagonist so throughout the movie the audience can’t help but root for her on her perilous journey, due to the fact that she experiences a lot of hardships throughout said journey.

George Clooney’s character was a highly likeable and charming man which made it easy to like him. He is also very relatable due to the fact that he makes himself out to be the confident and cocky airhead with a big heart and an even bigger ego. In times of distress, Kowalsky still makes sarcastic and goofy comments to a panicking Stone.

Every part of the movie was entertaining and kept the audience on the edge of their seat. Anyone interested in suspenseful movies should go see “Gravity.” Sandra Bullock and George Clooney both give very commendable performances in this Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) movie.

3.5 stars out of 4, MPAA rating: PG-13, running time: 90 minutes. Movie comes to theaters October 4th.

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