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“Gravity” – Review (POSITIVE) [SPOILERS]

October 20, 2013

Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 10.18.08 PMIncredible visuals, yes, it’s eye-popping, sure, the best looking 3D film of its kind, ALRIGHT! But did anyone of the people out there watching this film even bother to pay close attention to the substance within the story?

I’ve been making rounds, asking people what they thought of “Gravity”, and for the most part they all say the same thing, it looks amazing, but the story is just too simple. Yes, in a way the story is quite simple, but survival stories in a nutshell are not supposed to be all that simple. I was fortunate to watch an incredible documentary on Netflix Instant called “Room 237”, if you haven’t watched it, add it to your queue. That particular film has forced me to watch movie in a new light, for better in my opinion, NOT worse.

So? Is there more to “Gravity” than just being a special effects-extravaganza? Will it fall fate to the mocking appeal “Avatar” has so rightfully earned? No, because “Avatar”, while a beautiful looking film, was complete and utter horse-shit in the story department. “Dances with Wolves” in space was the rightful term it deserved. “Gravity” on the other hand finds meaning in what survival rewards you, and what lengths it will take you to find your personal nirvana.

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone…

Everyone I’m sure can pretty much figure out what the plot is, simply by watching the trailer. So, what else is there? For me, this was a movie that goes deeper into the aspects about life and death. There’s specific imagery that foreshadows a lot of key elements to this notion. Dr. Stones venture from one station to the next houses images of religious aspects. The Chinese station is probably one of the more crucial ones. In the cockpit of the escape pod was a statue of Buddha, which leads to my theory regarding the ending [SPOILERS]…

Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 10.18.59 PMWhat if Dr. Stone never made it back to Earth…for real at the very least. We see an image of Dr. Stone in the birthing fetal position at the first ACT, later on the Chinese escape pod, after making it through hell and back, the pod has failed, leaving her with one solution, death. There’s a small statue of Buddha in front of her, she closes her eyes, and has the vision of Kowalsky giving her the answers she needs to go ‘home’, a sort of guide if you will. So, she makes it back, where she lands however feeds into more of my theory, she has no contact with the outside world, she lands in a landscape that’s complete uninhabitable, almost like a new world. Could this be nirvana?

For those who are unfamiliar with the term ‘Nirvana’, and no not the grunge band, I’m talking NIRVANA. Taught by the great Buddha, nirvana is something that is achieved after a long process of committed application to the path of purification. Isn’t that what Dr. Stone basically went through during the 90 min runtime? This is a woman who’s truly affected by death on both ends of the spectrum, her daughters unexpected death, the death of her crew, and finally her own (theoretical) death. So why not?

Maybe I am reading too much into it, maybe it simple is just a simple survival story (IN SPACE) and she does survive, and she lives happily ever after, and the effects are FUCKING UNREAL MAN, but c’mon people, look in between the lines, there’s deeper meaning in countless films, you just have to open your mind and accept it.

3D GRADE: A-

MOVIE GRADE: A

FINAL GRADE: A

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