October 30, 2013

Gravity: More Than Just Graphics (Spoilers!)

[SPOILERS AHEAD] If you’re a true film buff, then I’m sure you’ve been to a cinema, recently, to see the film Gravity. With 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, Gravity surged to the top of the charts as “one of best films of the year.” I saw it myself, and I must say that I was just as impressed as all the film critics. But, I’m finding that much of the focus on this film has been surrounding it’s stunning graphics.

Yes, the graphics were mind-blowing, and the film was basically a 90-minute computer animation, but don’t let this overshadow the underlying meanings to the story. Gravity, while being visually aesthetic, was also a prominent reminder of the strength of human perseverance. Through those cheesy script-lines were a message that has resonated heavily with me, and that is the notion of “not giving up” no matter what obstacles may arise.

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) alongside Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) experience paramount trouble when the their team from NASA, while repairing a satellite, is struck with oncoming debris. Stranded and hurtling through space (a nightmare I had as a kid, I might add), they must find a way to connect with each other and make it back to Earth safely. This, I must say, is encompassed with a ridiculous amount of tension and uncertainty, as viewers have no idea how the situation will be resolved. There were a few moments where I felt slightly claustrophobic, my heart racing, as I watched these two struggle with each other in what seemed like a hopeless and impossible situation to rectify.

Without revealing too much of the plot line, there is one point in the film where it seems as if the main characters have lost all hope. After trying every element  from their limited list of choices, we quickly start to accept the possibility that they might just have to die in ice-cold outer space, with only their valiant attempts to reside with us. Through a mixture of humour (on Kowalski’s behalf) and turbulent emotions, Stone reflects on her life and the values that have presented themselves in it. This lengthy, emotional moment provides her with the final driving force to save herself, and therefore she turns to her very last, and seemingly impossible option.

This film was emotionally powerful. It gave viewers a chance to truly contemplate the value of human life, and what we have to live for: loved ones, friends, life-achievements, and personal satisfactions. The goals that we should never give up in striving for are exemplified (to the max) by this unique story of desperate astronauts. Dr. Stone, while pleasing the heck out of feminists, shows us that whatever extremities we face, whether its a matter of life and death, we should not lose hope of the future in accomplishing our aims. No matter what.

So yes, the graphics were incredible and I was awestruck by how fantastic they were. But that’s most certainly not all the film is good for. This film will move you, as well as make a deep thinker out of you. Please, go see Gravity if you want a real sense of what it means to be human!

Feature Image: Warner Bros.

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  • Mark Woo

    I loved the movie and kudos to all your points here!
    My biggest takeaway from this movie was the simplicity and cleanness of the plot. It was refreshing to see a movie having no plot twists, no flashforwards, no flashbacks, yet still deliver an interesting story.
    It felt like you were breathing in fresh air at the end of it.

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