“Gravity” is a most believable space
thriller that’s just a fantastic ride.
Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) is the
pilot, and Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is the scientist.
They’re “spacewalking” outside their orbiting capsule; while Dr.
Stone, fighting vertigo, is trying to fix the problem with her research
hardware, Kowalsky is just having fun with the jet-pack, listening to country
music, chatting with
, and enjoying the spectacular view.
Then disaster strikes.
tries to warn them, about speeding debris headed their way, but it’s already
struck. Suddenly their capsule is
pummeled, their tethers are compromised, and they face the horrifying prospect
of being set adrift in the great airless void.
To say much more about what happens
afterwards would be giving away too much of the plot.
Suffice it to say that the tagline “just hang on” is most apropos.
Sandra Bullock delivers a memorable,
nuanced performance as the astronaut who suddenly has to rely on her own
resources far more than she ever intended.
The 3-D effect added greatly to the
visual impact of this film. I would
highly recommend that it be viewed on the big screen in the theater, rather
than at home. It’s a harrowing modern
tale, well told.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Minister,
Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Irving, Texas