When you get two of Hollywood’s finest actors, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and put them in a movie together, the movie is bound to be amazing. And that’s exactly what Gravity is, the new 3D film where they play a medical engineer and an experienced astronaut who get stuck in space together after a mission goes awry. There are many words other than “amazing” to describe this film though and you’ll feel SO many emotions (good and bad) while you’re sitting there in the theater for 90 minutes feeling as if you were in the spaceship yourself. Here’s just a few that come to mind (and why):
First, watch here for some context from the movie makers and cast on how they wanted the audience to feel while watching it:
And with that, watching Gravity will actually make you feel:
Claustrophobic. If you thought your studio apartment in Manhattan was small, try spending a few weeks (days, even) in a tiny little cramped spaceship. The movie is shot in such a way that you feel like you’re in space with Ryan Stone (Sandra) and Matt Kowalski (George) the entire time, and let me tell you—being an astronaut does not look comfortable. Or easy.
Hyperventilation. Of course, astronauts wear spacesuits and that helmet they wear on their heads helps them breathe up there. You will probably have trouble catching your own breathe when you see Ryan’s O2 tank rapidly decrease and even just in general when you see the characters wearing those heavy-looking things for hours. You’ll be so thankful that those clunkers aren’t necessary on Earth.
Terrified. The suspense builds from the very first scene in the film to the very last—are they going to make it out of space and if so, how will they do it? That’s basically what the entire film is about, and that’s basically why the entire film is scary. You just don’t know. And you just imagine what you would do if you were in that situation (which you won’t be because you’re not an astronaut or a medical engineer, probably) and it’s really very scary.
Dumb. Ryan and Matt are trained space-goers or whatever, so they know what to do in these types of unexpected situations (mostly). But would you know how to drive a spaceship whose directions are written in Russian or Chinese or know what to do with approximately 17,000 buttons in front of you?! Sorry, but now you feel stupid.
Hungry. You don’t really find out exactly how long it takes for them to figure out how to get out of space (not saying they do get out, just saying they may or may not get out), but however long it is seems way too long to go without a snack. Space food isn’t the same as real food but don’t they get hungry up there? Or is their main priority getting out alive rather than stopping for a quick bite? I guess now it makes sense when I think about it.
Thankful. Thankful that you’re not the one stuck in space, thankful that you never ever have to fear that that might one day happen to you, and thankful that you’re on Earth where you can walk around instead of float and wear normal clothes instead of spacesuits and be with your family instead of miss them soo much. Really, you’ll look at life in a whole new way, people.
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