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‘Gravity’ chills, terrifies audiences


On Thursday, Oct. 3 the science-fiction movie “Gravity” came out in theaters. 

“Gravity” is an out-of-world experience because one can imagine themselves actually being in outer space. 

George Clooney plays veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky and Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone. 

Stone is a medical engineer who is on her first shuttle mission in outer space. All seemed well until the shuttle was destroyed. 

Stone was originally roped on to her fellow astronaut Matt Kowalsky but the rope was destroyed. She then spirals out of control into the blackness. 

Unable to get a read on where she is, since she is spinning so fast, Stone cannot explain to Kowalsky where her whereabouts are. She drifts farther and farther away to the point where Kowalsky can’t see her anymore. 

Stone, already uncomfortable in her first time up in space, is left completely alone when a meteor hits their shuttle.

Throughout the film, the audience watches Stone struggle as she tries to find her way back to Earth, alone. Yes, alone. 

One must go see the breathtaking movie to find out why Stone is left alone. 

The audience can watch as Kowalsky’s voice helps Stone finish her mission and find her way back home. This is a must-see film, but is not for those of the fainthearted. 

It will keep the audience on their toes. 

There are times in which the audience may close their eyes and shriek in terror, but it is well worth it. 

Bullock finds herself displaying emotions such as relief, grief, sadness, mourning, love, warmth and many others as she continues her way through the film. 

The film is relatable in the sense that the audience truly feels as if they are in Stone’s position. 

There are many emotions that will run through the heads of those that venture on to see this film. Panic and terror are a few simple emotions that may never leave those that see this movie.

Imagine drifting off through space alone and unable to contact anyone, Not to mention astronaut suits are not filled with unlimited oxygen.

When the audience finally thinks that everything will be all right, the meteors hit again. Each time they hit, they ruin something else and leave Stone to come up with a new plan.

This was a very different movie to film. When actors think of starring in their next movie, they think about all of the actors they will get to share their time with. But the majority of this movie is filmed only with Bullock herself strapped alone in a dark room. It’s definitely not one’s typical movie. 

There are a few scenes with other cast members, but they are very miniscule. 

This may only be a 90-minute movie, but it is definitely one of the most nerve-racking films of the year.

One must remember that this film captures things that have only been imagined and that have never been seen before.

On KCAL news, Bullock was interviewed. In the interview, the broadcaster asked Bullock questions about how it was filming alone and what she took from the experience.

“It always comes back to adversity and rebirth and what a human being can survive and go through and have at the other end if you just keep going,” she said.

Here she is basically saying that when people go through so much darkness in their life which is inevitable for everyone, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

“I was impressed by the betrayal of the reality of zero gravity and how things move in space,” said Buzz Aldren, the second man on the moon. 

This was also stated on KCAL news by the retired astronaut. 

These two comments are so true. It doesn’t matter what the movie is about, there is always a tie to everyday life that makes it relatable for everyone who is watching it.

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