Gravity: a quick review

Just came back from watching Gravity in IMAX 3D, which is an intense experience. The movie starts quickly, with just enough establishment of character and setting, then kicks into gear and rarely lets up. It’s a simple survival story with a simple human against nature conflict in the most hostile environment known. At the end I felt the need for a deep breath to decompress from the adrenaline. In all it was a really enjoyable movie.

Big spoilers follow…

Okay so the series of problems encountered by Ryan Stone were huge and there also seemed to be an unending number of them.

After spinning off into space…

Shuttle Explorer is dead and no good for shelter…

And her O2 is nearly depleted…

And the remaining Soyuz is no good because its chute is already deployed…

And then Kowalski lets himself go, leaving her alone…

And then there’s a fire in the ISS…

And then the Soyuz capsule she plans to take to the Chinese station is tangled in its own chute…

And then she’s caught in the debris that’s made its return appearance…

And then Soyuz doesn’t have any fuel to rocket to the Chinese station…

And then the Chinese station is starting to re-enter the atmosphere…

And then the controls of the Shenzhou capsule are not surprisingly in Chinese…

And then the capsule is hit by debris from the station on re-entry…

And then the capsule sinks after landing in water…

And then Stone has to struggle out of her suit to swim to the surface…

And finally reach an uninhabited shore and stand after a week in space.

Whew.

I thought, as Stone floated on the surface of the water, that Cuaron would have written in a shark attack.

I’m kind of surprised he didn’t after everything else the character had to go through. Don’t mistake me, I enjoyed the movie immensely. But looking at it after, I’m tempted to say, “really?” to the number of problems she encounters.

Advertisements

One thought on “Gravity: a quick review

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s