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Old October 4 2013, 09:55 PM   #16
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Re: Gravity - Review and Discussion Thread

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I don't think that a fire extinguisher is strong enough to serve as thrust for a person flying through space.
EVERY action causes that opposite reaction ... I remember reading a Clarke novel, ISLANDS IN THE SKY, where somebody maneuvers inside a huge zero-g space by first throwing his clothes away and later spitting his way across. I imagine a fire extinguisher would provide a lot more than that.


I just wish I wasn't sick as a dog, I've been waiting YEARS to see this movie (I watch CHILDREN OF MEN a couple times per year, it's my fave for this century thus far), it's the only flick I've felt I needed to see in a cinema in a very long while. I felt that way before AND after talking to the director and cinematographer and vfx super about the show (ICG magazine will probably have my making-of article up online pretty soon if they don't already.)
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Old October 4 2013, 11:34 PM   #17
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Excellent film. Sandra Bullock rocks it as the protagonist (and she looks friggin buff). Visually amazing. Saw it in 2D. Still stunning imagery. There are several gruesome deaths and corpses shown, so I wouldn't take my 8 year old but that's up to you, I guess. Great use of sound and silence, characters were enjoyable and believable. Tech seemed all real world. For the most part the science seemed right to me, except for maybe the last bit of the climax, but whatever. At least people weren't popping like balloons ala Outland. NASA thinks it's got problems now? The movie's NASA is boned. Game over, man. Game over.

Gripping, exciting, survival character piece. My favorite space flick since Moon. And to have the entire film take place in zero-g, I think, may be a first. No flashbacks, no ground control. You're with the astronauts until the end.
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Old October 4 2013, 11:58 PM   #18
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Best science fiction film I've seen this year.

I'd describe it as very "hard" SF... I suppose the "science fiction" element in the movie is the depiction of how a Kessler effect and the impact (no pun intended ) on astronauts in orbit could look like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome

Technically, it's also a bit of a disaster film (...IN SPACE).

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Old October 5 2013, 04:17 AM   #19
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Amazing. Up there with Blue Jasmine as the best the year has had to offer so far (2013 has been meager to this point, but we're finally getting the good stuff).

Question: How many people in your theatres thought it really was Matt when he showed up again? I was momentarily thrown off by the sheer audacity of it, before it became clear what it was.
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Old October 5 2013, 04:36 AM   #20
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A+ on just the visuals alone, which are "O-M-F-G-areyouseeingthisshit???" - stunning.

I will not comment on the science. I'm not in the mood for that kind of debate anymore.

Kudos to Sandra Bullock for pulling off what is essentially "Cast Away In Space." (Honorable Mention to mister Clooney in the role of "Wil-son!") My only complaint will be about Sandra's fear/impact grunting, which grated after the first hundred times. (Hah!Hah!Hah!Nonononono!Hah!Hah!Haaaah!)

On the 3-D front, see it in 3-D. It will not be money wasted. The visuals demand it.
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Old October 5 2013, 04:54 AM   #21
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Question: How many people in your theatres thought it really was Matt when he showed up again? I was momentarily thrown off by the sheer audacity of it, before it became clear what it was.
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Old October 5 2013, 04:59 AM   #22
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And the scariest part of the movie?

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Old October 5 2013, 09:30 AM   #23
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Went over to the Carmike Six in Nacogdoches last night, caught the last 3D show of the night. Had the back row all to myself, too.

Freakin' awesome movie!

I wish I could have gotten to see it in an IMAX-ish screen, but the closest one is in Louisiana, so that ain't gonna happen.

I'd like to see it again, but that won't really be an option, either, since I have to pay for movies these days.
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Old October 5 2013, 06:09 PM   #24
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Fantastic movie. I went in not really knowing what to expect, since the trailers basically made it look like we'd get one initial action sequence at the beginning, and then just... 90 minutes of Sandra Bullock slowly floating away in space. Lol

But clearly that was only the beginning of the character's problems. The way the movie kept coming up with new and unexpected challenges for her was pretty inspired, especially with how much of it resulted from simple physics and the difficulty that comes from trying to maneuver in space.

Although.... as others have suggested, it does start to seem a bit ridiculous towards the end. As thrilling and intense as the movie is, in the back of your mind you do start to wonder just what the odds are of all these crazy things happening to one person, or the likelihood of her surviving each one the way she does. By the time she nearly drowns upon crashing back to Earth, you're thinking "Really?? You couldn't let her have that one victory?" And the way the satellite debris kept destroying every place she visited was a bit much as well (I almost expected it to come raining down on her before she could make it to the beach!)

I really wish the director had cut back on at least a few of those sequences, and made the movie seem a bit less like the typical, overblown Hollywood disaster movie.
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Old October 5 2013, 09:25 PM   #25
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I was spoiled about the ending in today's newspaper review. But I'm still going to see it.
Gravity isn't the sort of film you can spoil. The ending kind of choreographs itself over the previous hour.

What's great about Gravity besides the impeccable visuals which are the best representation of 0g physics I've ever seen, is how it gives you the feeling of the uninhabitability of space and the helplessness of the astronauts.

I didn't think it was weird for the debris to destroy every place she went to, considering the orbit of the debris was such to cross that area every 90 minutes.
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Old October 5 2013, 09:49 PM   #26
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I loved how the camera could zoom in from hundreds of feet, move around the various stations in one continuous shot and even move in behind Bullock's helmet visor to give us her point of view then move back out into space again.
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Old October 5 2013, 10:12 PM   #27
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Saw it again today and it was better this time because the sound was better in the theater. Yes, I know, but what I mean is I could actually everything being said this time.

Still A+, still awe-inspiring visuals.
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Old October 5 2013, 10:55 PM   #28
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I was spoiled about the ending in today's newspaper review. But I'm still going to see it.
Gravity isn't the sort of film you can spoil. The ending kind of choreographs itself over the previous hour.

What's great about Gravity besides the impeccable visuals which are the best representation of 0g physics I've ever seen, is how it gives you the feeling of the uninhabitability of space and the helplessness of the astronauts.

I didn't think it was weird for the debris to destroy every place she went to, considering the orbit of the debris was such to cross that area every 90 minutes.

Still, I consider "She doesn't make it", "She makes it" or "She turns into a monkey" to be spoilers.
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Old October 6 2013, 12:51 AM   #29
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A+.

To answer the parental question: I would probably be okay with taking an 8 year old (see below), but definitely wouldn't take an 8 year old to an IMAX showing because of the decibel levels. If I did, I'd definitely skip the trailers; I dunno about any other theaters, but the Captain Phillips one is insanely loud, like jet engine loud. I went to a Rancid concert a few weeks ago and stood in front a speaker for three hours--that trailer is at least 20% louder than that.

As for content, there's a


It's also really intense throughout, but age 8 is a good time to not be a weenie.

At 90 minutes, it's about 88 minutes of just perfection in about everything: cinematography, VFX, acting, and I didn't mind that script wasn't super-subtle about what it was about, until:



And don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the melodrama in general--just not that part.

I'm also not getting the Cast Away comparison everybody is making, other than the really general similarities (sure, they're in the same genre). Cast Away involves isolation and threat of death, sure, but it lasts for like three years. Further, Tom Hanks had a life, which was destroyed a little more every day he was on that island, and when he did finally return, he returned to nothing, and probably with serious trauma-induced mental illness. He was finished as the man he had been.

By contrast, Ryan Stone is in peril for about four and a half hours, and doesn't have anything to live for in the first place, but struggles anyway--that's the point of Gravity. They're practically opposite stories.
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Old October 6 2013, 01:54 AM   #30
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Gravity

My GRade: A+

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In a word: a nearly flawless movie.

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as an astronaut on a shuttle mission to upgrade the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, during repairs it seems the Russians attempt to shoot down/deorbit one of their satellites but this results in a large debris field that takes out communication satellites and is sweeping through orbit. It eventually reaches the shuttle Explorer while Bullock, George Clooney and astronaut red shirt are on their space walk. The debris field takes out the shuttle and sends Bullock tumbling in to orbit without a tether, eventually she is rescued by Cloooney (in a Manned Maneuvering Unit/jetpack) and the two make plans to try and save themselves using escape rockets on the International Space Station.

The movie is certainly a visceral experience depicting the utter hopelessness and lack of control over yourself in space, at the whims of gravity and momentum. Bullock rocks her role as a first-time astronaut (near as I can gather a mission specialist with only months of training) and Clooney rocks his role as a space veteran (near as I can tell on his final mission.)

The movie has some problems when it comes to the real world (mostly in the positions of the satellites and space stations) but by and large -near as I can tell- gets everything right. You really feel the gravity (pun intended) of the situation and the challenges the character face as their troubles go on.

There's one or two niggling plot contrivances/tropes used and it has a fairly typical use of the disaster movie trope of the characters always seeming to be moments away from utter disaster and doom but the way the movie plays out makes these problems very minor ones. A very, very good experience of a movie. I saw in 3D and the visuals and effects are superb, marvel as we see a tear fall from Bullock's eye enter weightlessness and bobble, bubble, and spin towards the camera.

Subtle but wonderful score, great visuals and effects and the first movie I've seen in a long time that has me wondering how it was filmed and achieved.

Highly recommended, especially in 3D.

After the end of the movie? Needless to say modern society has taken a pretty huge dent due to the loss of the satellite network as well as our time in space.
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