Film review: Gravity

posted at 3:31 pm on October 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

In space, as Ryan Stone soon discovers, one person can hear her scream — her mission commander Matt Kowalski.  After a debris avalanche severs her connection to the Space Shuttle, Stone tumbles out into space, shortly thereafter rescued by Kowalski. Without a ride back to Earth, the two have to try for one of the two space stations that might carry them home.  But just how much can they endure to survive?

Gravity gives audiences a terrific, roller-coaster ride with plenty of action.  The film was a pet project of director Alfonso Cuarón, who waited for years for the technology to catch up with the script in order to make it feasible. Visually, the film impresses from the first frame to the last, thanks to the brilliant work of animators and CGI specialists.  Cuarón paces the action masterfully, giving audiences time to connect with Stone (Sandra Bullock) in between three acts of pinballing around in space in order to get home. As an action film alone, it’s lots of fun, especially in the 3-D format.

The cast is almost as spare as space itself, but the two stars stick with the personas we’ve come to expect from them.  Sandra Bullock plays as Stone as awkward and withdrawn (when she’s not frightened out of her mind), who hasn’t done much but survive since the death of her daughter.  George Clooney’s Kowalski is a grizzled hand doing his last tour of duty in space, a charmer who has already done more than his share of living. In other words, while the action keeps us on the edge of our seat, the characters are a bit of a warm blanket for viewers.  That’s it for the cast, too; other than voices supplied by five other cast members, the whole film rests on Bullock and Clooney … and an army of animators.

Without a doubt, Gravity really takes its audience into space.  The realistic considerations of thrust and momentum play big roles in the harrowing events that take place, playing on the worst fears of anyone who hasn’t been in space imagines that adventure to contain.  However, by about the halfway mark the issues start feeling contrived.

** Small spoilers **

There is a sequence of unrelated disasters on the two space stations that have nothing at all to do with the initiating event or the debris it created. A fire just happens to break out when Stone seemingly reaches safety on one space station, and then the orbit decays on the second just as Stone gets there. The debris field seems to change orbits too, moving from the Hubble orbit of 353 miles to the International Space Station’s of ~270 miles, all the way to the fictional Chinese platform which drops to 8o or so miles up as the debris hits the station just before the station hits the atmosphere.

That’s not to say that debris fields aren’t a problem in space; China is worried about that with its proposed space station, in fact.  The low-earth orbit area has a number of satellites whose destruction could create this problem, but (a) the telecom satellites suggested in Gravity as part of the chain reaction are 22,000 miles up in geosynchronous orbit, and (b) the debris field wouldn’t shift altitudes like it does in Gravity. And unless one wants to argue that divine intervention takes place, the final action sequence involving re-entry is flat-out absurd.

** End spoilers **

The contrived feeling in the second half may sap a little bit of the tension, but not so much that it will lose the audience — not even those viewers who spot the problems. Plus, as good science fiction should do, Gravity tells a story about humanity, with science and technology merely the backdrop. Can someone dig deep and find the will to live when everything tells you that it’s time to give up? Gravity gives us an answer to that question, or at least one answer.  It’s not exactly deep, but Gravity rises to the top tier of thinking-viewer action films.

On the Hot Air scale, I definitely give Gravity a five:

  • 5 – Full price ticket
  • 4 – Matinee only
  • 3 – Wait for Blu-Ray/DVD/PPV rental or purchase
  • 2 – Watch it when it hits Netflix/cable
  • 1 – Avoid at all costs

Gravity is rated PG-13, but you’d probably want to think twice before taking younger teens to this film. There are a couple of very disturbing images near the beginning, and the tension is high and the fear very realistic.  There’s nothing objectionable (aside from a couple of instances of bad language in entirely understandable circumstances), but more sensitive younger viewers may have trouble handling it.


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Stuck in space with Sandra Bullock? Yum!

petefrt on October 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

In a last minute rewrite they changed the story so that it was actually the government shutdown that prevented the SEIU interstellar refuse collection from cleaning up the debris field. So it’s Boehner’s fault.

SoRight on October 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Key question: How does George Clooney bob his head inside a space helmet?

rrpjr on October 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I’ve only seen the trailers, but with Clooney as a spaceman all I hear is Buzz Lightyear.

mudskipper on October 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

This movie is a disgrace to female astronauts and anyone who understands electricity. Google the review by Michael Interbartolo.

321mdl on October 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Sounds like a remake of a typical raging white water film just moved up into orbit from a river.

VorDaj on October 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Do they make it back from the Perils of Space in time to sign up for ObamaCare? Well I guess it turns out that there’s no hurry as the thing still doesn’t work.

VorDaj on October 6, 2013 at 3:50 PM

She looks good in that underwear shot that I keep seeing promoting this movie. I guess chicks in space are constantly in their underwear. That’s cool. Probably still won’t watch it though.

WhatSlushfund on October 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

George Clooney? Not in my orbit of movie watching.

Scott P on October 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

She looks good in that underwear shot that I keep seeing promoting this movie. I guess chicks in space are constantly in their underwear. That’s cool. Probably still won’t watch it though.

WhatSlushfund on October 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

It’s hard to beat Sigourney Weaver as Ripley working the underwear in the Alien flicks.

That being said…Gravity certainly looks like it’s worth the ticket price…going to see it later tonight. Definitely needs the big screen. Cheers, Ed…thanks for the review (I skipped the end spoilers ;) )

JetBoy on October 6, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Good review Ed. Maybe my expectations were too high, but it didn’t hold me. It was beautiful and the space physics seemed well done, but I just didn’t find the characters that interesting and there seemed to be several long lulls. After the first half of the movie there was no real suspense as to the outcome…just guessing what deus-ex-machina was going to spring forth and save the day. The highly contrived suspense points and the absurd ending sort of spoiled the experience for me. I’d give it a 3 (maybe a 4 if you’re really bored one afternoon).

AUINSC on October 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I was going to say it sounds like the remake of that damn movie “Open Water”…

Would not go and see it and not going to see this… I have enough to fret over without this adding to the stress…lol

Tilly on October 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Ed, did you ever review Moon (2009)? Maybe Sam Rockwell’s performance ever.

Going to try and avoid the crowds and see Gravity tomorrow, first showing. I haven’t wanted to see a 3D movie since I was dragged to Avatar.

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Ed, did you ever review Moon (2009)? Maybe Sam Rockwell’s performance ever.

No, but it’s brilliant. Better than Gravity, but a different kind of movie, too.

Ed Morrissey on October 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

*best performance ever

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

No, but it’s brilliant. Better than Gravity, but a different kind of movie, too.

Ed Morrissey on October 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Maybe a DVD review some day ;)

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Sorry, but the use of the Shuttle is just a bridge too far for me. Is there anyone who doesn’t know we no longer use the Shuttle and must hitchhike with the Russians to even get to the International Space Station?

The use of the Shuttle would just drop me back into reality at light speed.

Mitoch55 on October 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

That seems entirely believable.

DarkCurrent on October 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I was going to say it sounds like the remake of that damn movie “Open Water”…

Would not go and see it and not going to see this… I have enough to fret over without this adding to the stress…lol

Tilly on October 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I’ve done quite a bit of diving…that would be my nightmare. It’s hard to believe tho that not only would 2 people not be missed on a dive boat that size, their tanks certainly would have been.

Ed, did you ever review Moon (2009)? Maybe Sam Rockwell’s performance ever.

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Moon was awesome. I missed it in theaters, but had to stream it after hearing good things about it. I didn’t realize until later that Kevin Spacey voiced the computer. I love any flick having to do with space, other worlds, aliens, that stuff. I’m hooked on the whole UFO thing as well….still an agnostic on intelligent otherworldly life visiting Earth…but dang, it’s never dull.

I didn’t much care for Europa Report…it could have been so much better than it really was.

JetBoy on October 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Clooney and Bullock = Won’t see even for free on teevee. Don’t care how fascinating the special effects are. We are seeing the special effects of their leftwing politics and partisanship every minute of our lives.

erp on October 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I had to laugh when Sandra borrows a rescue trick from the Disney-Pixar movie “Wall-e”. Hint: Fire extinguisher.

kurtzz3 on October 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM

They sorta stole that intro or whatever you call it, from Alien… “In Space No one can hear you Scream.”

http://britannia.org/film/filmdetails.php?FilmID=00000149

JellyToast on October 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I’ve only seen the trailers, but with Clooney as a spaceman all I hear is Buzz Lightyear.

mudskipper on October 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

?? Tim Allen does the voice of Buzz Lightyear.

The Notorious G.O.P on October 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

George Clooney is a no-fly zone, so I won’t be seeing this. Glad to hear the CGI guys did a nice job, though.

Jazz on October 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

…no Clooney the clown for me…and I love SB!

KOOLAID2 on October 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

+1 Sandra Bullock
+1 The tech is good
+1 2/3 of the movie it is only Sandra Bullock alone.

In fact that is the key aspect of the movie. One person, totally isolated, trying to survive in an environment that keeps trying to kill her. So in that sense, it is not sci-fi — it is a horror movie. But instead of monsters it is the environment itself that keeps trying to kill her.

I strongly recommend seeing this in IMAX — pay the extra bucks for the experience.

SunSword on October 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM

George Clooney? Not in my orbit of movie watching.

Scott P on October 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Looney is a clown as an actor. He wouldn’t know a five star movie if he was in one.

Jaibones on October 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

George Clooney is a no-fly zone, so I won’t be seeing this. Glad to hear the CGI guys did a nice job, though.

Jazz on October 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

…a no-fly zone

No need to bring the Jets into this.

JetBoy on October 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

?? Tim Allen does the voice of Buzz Lightyear.

The Notorious G.O.P on October 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I think he was referencing the clownish nature of Clooney as an actor; recurring theme here today.

Jaibones on October 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Stuck in space with Sandra Bullock? Yum!

petefrt on October 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Clooney gets not one cent of my money. I am experiencing Down Twinkles for missing SB in her undergarments.

Jaibones on October 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

There’s so much crap on screen nowadays, even a mediocre film with less than stellar actors is a relief.
I better get extra butter to be dragged to this liberal star wh@res.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Yeah, let’s all support degenerate Hollywood. No thanks.

Mr. Arrogant on October 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Gawd I hate reading the comments in these very well done film reviews. A bunch of old cranks shouting “Get off my lawn” a dozen different ways. The premise is new and fascinating, and to rely that much on your two leads is daring filmmaking in this age of the Avengers.

John the Libertarian on October 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Gawd I hate reading the comments in these very well done film reviews. A bunch of old cranks shouting “Get off my lawn” a dozen different ways. The premise is new and fascinating, and to rely that much on your two leads is daring filmmaking in this age of the Avengers.

John the Libertarian on October 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Who you calling old? And, there’s one thing these reviews have in common…putting coin in liberal hacks’s pockets…Sweet Sandra Isn’t Christian and is a liberal hack. I don’t need to give that b!tch my money. Don’t even get me started on Clloney!

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Sandra Bullock, eh? Well, the odds of getting my hubby to the movie theater just increased (though he’s gentleman enough to deny that he finds her the LEAST bit attractive…heh heh heh)

Grace_is_sufficient on October 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Moon was awesome. I missed it in theaters

Same here. Won’t make that mistake with Gravity, though!

I love any flick having to do with space, other worlds, aliens, that stuff. I’m hooked on the whole UFO thing as well….still an agnostic on intelligent otherworldly life visiting Earth…but dang, it’s never dull.

Movies, TV, books & radio… my pop got me hooked on UFOs as a kid. Great fodder for the imagination ;)

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Gawd I hate reading the comments in these very well done film reviews.

John the Libertarian on October 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

If you hate them that much why do you keep reading them. Do you burn yourself with cigarettes too?

Oldnuke on October 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Clooney? I’ll wait until it shows up on Turner Classic Movies.

PatMac on October 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Sweet Sandra Isn’t Christian and is a liberal hack.

She isn’t and she is?

I forgive her!

SagebrushPuppet on October 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Sweet Sandra Isn’t Christian and is a liberal hack.

She isn’t and she is?

I forgive her!

SagebrushPuppet on October 6, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Yeah, but when you attach yourself to a real person who is a Christian and a republican and you win an oscar, at least be humble about the actual woman and her story….Leigh Anne Tuohy is a Christian and a republican. If a democrat was in the same position, they would have Michael Orr fetching them coffee (Clinton) or cutting off his balls (Jackson).
I have a right, as a Christian, to say go spit.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I’ve done quite a bit of diving…that would be my nightmare. It’s hard to believe tho that not only would 2 people not be missed on a dive boat that size, their tanks certainly would have been.

JetBoy on October 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

About 10 years ago, me and 3 other divers had to ascend to no boat. We were diving on a wreck 25 miles out off of Cape Hatteras and when we went looking for the anchor line at about 100 feet, it was gone.

We did the best we could free hang for the safety stop, and when we surfaced, no boat in sight.

The damn Captain and his mate didn’t notice the anchor broke free and they slowly drifted away. We floated for almost an hour before they found us.

BacaDog on October 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

If Bullock were rescuing a black astronaut who just couldn’t do it without her, this might make me somewhat curious to see the movie.

SouthernGent on October 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I have a friend who saw it in IMAX and said he was was awestruck; this is one of the few movies I might just see in a theater.

Bishop on October 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

If Bullock were rescuing a black astronaut who just couldn’t do it without her, this might make me somewhat curious to see the movie.

SouthernGent on October 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Ouch.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The events of the film unfold over a period of about 3 hours, from what I can tell. I would be interested in seeing the geopolitical consequences from what would no doubt go down in history as the single worst day by far in the history of human spaceflight.

Spoilers follow…

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Spoilers follow:

The debris field was caused by the Russians blowing up one of their own satellites. Over the next 3 hours the debris field manages to kill 4 US astronauts and destroy a space shuttle, the Hubble space telescope, the International Space Station, and the hypothetical Chinese space station.

One would think both the US and China would have to be p!ssed in the extreme with Russia. Would this cause a serious diplomatic rift between Russia and the US/China? How about the fact that about $30 billion in hardware has just been destroyed? Would there be any recourse in the court system?

JimLennon on October 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

George Clooney is a no-fly zone, so I won’t be seeing this. Glad to hear the CGI guys did a nice job, though.

Jazz on October 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Agreed.

Kjeil on October 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Saw it Friday night.

Absurd or not the re-entry scene is spectacular.

Five, no question.

eyesky on October 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Needed Sam Elliott at the end – like ‘Up In The Air’.

BHO Jonestown on October 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Nay. Will not be seeing this d/t Clooney. I vote with my $$….don’t care how entertaining the movie is.

avagreen on October 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

321mdl on October 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Okay, I found a copy of the guy’s review. I skimmed the first one fifth and my eyes glazed over.

I come from a military family. About everyone has been in the USAF, Navy, or Marines, and I’ve learned long ago to just enjoy a movie and ignore their,
“Hey, that would never happen in real life, that isn’t accurate!!!”
type running commentary during military scenes, where everything from hair length, medals, uniforms, weapons, planes, ships and military protocol are critiqued.

I am annoyed by people who do the same thing with other genres. It’s just a movie. Kick back, eat the popcorn, and enjoy.

I’ve even known people to nit pick “Bat Man” movies. Spare me.

Star Wars and Star Trek aren’t sciencey for people who hate films that represent sounds in outer space. -eye roll-

TigerPaw on October 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

It was surprisingly respectful of faith.

Little Boomer on October 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Have to agree with the poster above who told the cranky guys to pipe down about not wanting to see movies with liberal actors (really, are there any other kind of actor? Rare).

Similar things happen in the television threads here, where malcontents have to line up to dump on whatever show to say how cruddy it is, they think it’s poor quality or too liberal, or, they don’t ever watch TV.

Same thing happens on threads about Facebook, Twitter; you get the crusty old cranks who are like, “Bah, I don’t need no Facebook.”

It gets very old.

So don’t see movies with liberal actors or use Facebook if you choose not to, but you don’t have to come on every thread to let the rest of us know such media is beneath you.

TigerPaw on October 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

You know what the biggest problem I have with the preview is?
The collisions are comically too slow. If you had a real debris field intersecting your orbit, the relative velocities would be on the order of a kilometer per second. None of this lazily driving by like a freight train — we are talking about going by like a high powered rifle bullet. Any impact would send off a spray of whatever wasn’t vaporized. There would be little if any noticeable momentum transfer to anything left, because the parts involved in the collision would shear off cleanly (for a definition of “clean” that involves sending white-hot slivers of material out like a shotgun blast).
Basically, everyone is dead before they notice anything is wrong, let alone before they start thinking about making it home.

Count to 10 on October 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

You have to be some kind of nut to base what you watch on who the actors voted for.

Enjoy that cocoon you live in.

Moesart on October 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Have to agree with the poster above who told the cranky guys to pipe down about not wanting to see movies with liberal actors (really, are there any other kind of actor? Rare).

Similar things happen in the television threads here, where malcontents have to line up to dump on whatever show to say how cruddy it is, they think it’s poor quality or too liberal, or, they don’t ever watch TV.

Same thing happens on threads about Facebook, Twitter; you get the crusty old cranks who are like, “Bah, I don’t need no Facebook.”

It gets very old.

So don’t see movies with liberal actors or use Facebook if you choose not to, but you don’t have to come on every thread to let the rest of us know such media is beneath you.

TigerPaw on October 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Then, bugger off. Nobody’s twisting your t!tties to read the thread. Move on.

RovesChins on October 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Similar things happen in the television threads here, where malcontents have to line up to dump on whatever show to say how cruddy it is, they think it’s poor quality or too liberal, or, they don’t ever watch TV.

It’s always interesting to see how much they know about the shows they say they don’t watch.

Moesart on October 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

a movie mr cmsinaz actually wants to see at a movie house in 3D….

date night :)

cmsinaz on October 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

It was surprisingly respectful of faith. And no, I not like giving the stars a bit of my money, but I did.

Jetboy, that Open Water movie was based on a real-life event where they did go off without noticing two people were missing.

Alana on October 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

You know what the biggest problem I have with the preview is? The collisions are comically too slow. If you had a real debris field intersecting your orbit, the relative velocities would be on the order of a kilometer per second…(snip)…There would be little if any noticeable momentum transfer to anything left, because the parts involved in the collision would shear off cleanly

Count to 10 on October 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

The preview may have that issue, but the movie doesn’t, at least when it comes to one of the spacewalking astronauts. (People who have seen the movie know what I’m talking about.)

JimLennon on October 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Similar things happen in the television threads here, where malcontents have to line up to dump on whatever show to say how cruddy it is…

TigerPaw on October 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

One of the most common “malcontents” seems to be AP when it comes to his own Walking Dead threads. :)

JimLennon on October 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Ed, did you ever review Moon (2009)? Maybe Sam Rockwell’s performance ever.

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Moon sucked.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Confession: I work in aerospace and spaceships and orbital mechanics pay the bills.

I can’t stand the horribly bad science of Gravity. The awfulness of the physics and complete lack of understanding of how spacecraft, orbits, and distances really are in space was giving me a migraine watching this movie.

Yes, you’re supposed to suspend disbelief watching an action film, but it’s not just nitpicking stuff the writers got wrong. The presentation of this film will give audiences the idea that everything in space is about a half-mile from everything else in space, and that if you want to move from one satellite to another, you can climb into the equivalent of a taxi and drive over to your neighbor’s spaceship.

Look: everything in low Earth orbit is flying FIVE TIMES FASTER THAN A BULLET. And hardly anything is traveling at the same altitude. The Hubble is at 350 miles high, the ISS is about 230, and the boundary layer where reentry happens is about 75 miles high. You CANT change orbits like you’re changing lanes in traffic. Going from the Hubble to the ISS would be like jumping out of an airplane headed to Chicago and landing on the back of an airplane headed to Boston. It DOESNT HAPPEN.

I really wanted to like this movie but the science was worse than anything dreamed up by Wile E Coyote.

DarthBrooks on October 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Not interested if it isn’t Clooney sent off into space without any chance of recovery.

NASA was gutted under the Obama administration. The premise of this movie is unbelievable no matter how good the performances of liberals George and Sandra.

Happy Nomad on October 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

You have to be some kind of nut to base what you watch on who the actors voted for.

Enjoy that cocoon you live in.

Moesart on October 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

How many times a day do you tell those damn kids to get off your lawn?

smoothsailing on October 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Are there still tools who pay money to see movies in a theatre? Sigh, millions of them

jephthah on October 6, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Moon sucked.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

You’d love Love then :P

Murphy9 on October 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Ed, did you ever review Moon (2009)? Maybe Sam Rockwell’s performance ever.

No, but it’s brilliant. Better than Gravity, but a different kind of movie, too.

Ed Morrissey on October 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM

So, looking up the plot, it sounds like your typical left-wing corporate-hate rant. Kind of like the new “Agents of Shield” TV show.

Count to 10 on October 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

You have to be some kind of nut to base what you watch on who the actors voted for.

Enjoy that cocoon you live in.

Moesart on October 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The cocoon is narrative that Hollywood has wrapped you in.

Count to 10 on October 6, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Why can’t lefties discuss issues instead of immediately going into their default mode of name calling? Celebrities should be scrupulous about keeping their opinions to themselves because too many people are influenced by them.

erp on October 6, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I don’t know what’s less believable, Clooney as a Kowalski or Clooney as an astronaut.

HellCat on October 6, 2013 at 9:26 PM

So, looking up the plot, it sounds like your typical left-wing corporate-hate rant. Kind of like the new “Agents of Shield” TV show.

Count to 10 on October 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Yes. Otherwise I found “Moon” listless and completely predictable. A painful moviegoing experience.

Is “Agents of Shield” anti-corporate?

rrpjr on October 6, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Moral of the story: This is what happens when you let two liberal a**hats on the Space Shuttle.

Think healthcare.gov.

faraway on October 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

don’t have to come on every thread to let the rest of us know such media is beneath you.

TigerPaw on October 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I used to be naive and dumb too. The Left is on a mission.

faraway on October 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM

You have to be some kind of nut to base what you watch on who the actors voted for.

Enjoy that cocoon you live in.

Moesart on October 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Where do you think they get the million dollar donations from?

That’s right. Ticket buyers. If no one went, they wouldn’t make them.

I personally am *very* choosy about who I pay to see – the last thing I want to do is give someone like Bill Maher or Sean Penn the funds to continue their antics.

Do you like giving your money to people that despise you?

Another option is to enjoy the socialism that they want to force on everyone and watch things for free. Free stuff! Spread the wealth!! Hee hee.

kim roy on October 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Oh please – like anyone would send a ditz like Sandra Bullock into space. And shouldn’t this movie have been made back when we had a shuttle program, and before obama directed NASA to abandon space exploration and focus full time on “muslim outreach” and “global-warming” propagandism?

Pork-Chop on October 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

So, looking up the plot, it sounds like your typical left-wing corporate-hate rant.

Count to 10 on October 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

What’s the opposite of ‘BINGO’?

Oh yeah. Wrongo.

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Moon sucked.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Succinct & to the point. I can respect that. But then I can respect a lot of ignorant things.

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Sheesh, if you can’t separate politics from anything, quit posting here. The software driving this site was likely written by a bunch of libs in Silicon Valley. If not, they are probably friends with some libs in Silicon Valley, so guilt by association still applies.

That out of the way, I just saw this and thinks Ed’s review is spot on. Gravity is is an apt name. The physics is spot on (at least from first viewing). At one point, a character throws something to get an boost in the opposite direction…cool.

It has some science holes and 1 in a million chances, but it does everything else so well that I can forgive it for story. Highly recommended in 3d just for how objects pop out from the Earth backdrop.

UrbanCoyote on October 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I was going to say it sounds like the remake of that damn movie “Open Water”…

Tilly on October 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM

‘Open Water’ was good.

I love survival thrillers.

Anyone here seen ‘Frozen’? Awesome film if you haven’t checked it out. 

WhatSlushfund on October 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Just came back from seeing it. BORING!!!

Having said that, everything about the movie was perfect except the story. No story. It was like castaway in space, but without the character development. The visuals were unbelievably good. The beginning had promise. I enjoyed it because it was cool to see everything in 3D up close. And there are 2 or 3 great sequences. But other than that, it was really boring.

Either see it in 3D or don’t see it at all.


Oh, and about the discussion on the film “Moon”. That sucked donkey balls. Now THAT was a boring movie. If you thought there was any kind of story in Moon, then Gravity might just be too action packed for your tastes.

MrX on October 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Moral of the story: This is what happens when you let two liberal a**hats on the Space Shuttle.

Think healthcare.gov.

faraway on October 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

That was the lesson of Sunshine – well, more exactly, don’t put any leftards on a critical mission – which was an awesome movie.

Succinct & to the point. I can respect that. But then I can respect a lot of ignorant things.

Ugly on October 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

What can I say? I thought it blew chunks.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

‘Open Water’ was good.

I love survival thrillers.

I would say Open Water was great. Interestingly, Open Water II was also excellent. Tough movie to make a “sequel” to :) The Reef is pretty good, too.

Anyone here seen ‘Frozen’? Awesome film if you haven’t checked it out. 

WhatSlushfund on October 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Thanks for the tip.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

UrbanCoyote on October 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

It’s my way of protesting and if it makes a difference, I will continue. If libs can boycott Chic-Fil-A, I can boycott liberal actors.

Don’t like it? Tough. But don’t tell me to stop.

avagreen on October 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM

George Clooney
Sandra Bullock

LOL!

The Cartoon Network and MSLSD make
a 3-D film.

If you give me the DVD I will make sure it
finds a home in the nearest landfill next to
a copy of Avatar.

shorebird on October 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

It’s my way of protesting and if it makes a difference, I will continue. If libs can boycott Chic-Fil-A, I can boycott liberal actors.

Don’t like it? Tough. But don’t tell me to stop.

avagreen on October 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Everyone should protest Chic-Fil-A based upon what they serve :)

Regardless, Ender’s Game should make interesting protest fodder.

UrbanCoyote on October 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Have to agree with the poster above who told the cranky guys to pipe down about not wanting to see movies with liberal actors (really, are there any other kind of actor? Rare).

Similar things happen in the television threads here, where malcontents have to line up to dump on whatever show to say how cruddy it is, they think it’s poor quality or too liberal, or, they don’t ever watch TV.

Same thing happens on threads about Facebook, Twitter; you get the crusty old cranks who are like, “Bah, I don’t need no Facebook.”

It gets very old.

So don’t see movies with liberal actors or use Facebook if you choose not to, but you don’t have to come on every thread to let the rest of us know such media is beneath you.

TigerPaw on October 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Says the ultra-feminist who takes every opportunity to bash men on other threads.

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

njrob on October 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM

This movie is a disgrace to female astronauts and anyone who understands electricity. Google the review by Michael Interbartolo.

321mdl on October 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Why didn’t you just link the critique?

Here you go

njrob on October 7, 2013 at 1:06 AM

I gave money to George Clooney, despite the fact I’d much rather not, because I love sci-fi and I love 3-d and I love anything that is escapist. Also, it did not have specifically leftist ideas, which will prevent me from going to any movie. I just could not enjoy such a movie.

Having said that, the movie was something of a letdown. It was intense, so that kept it going – but as someone said above, it had no story. Or people you could care much about. Also – dull, actually. Eye candy.

I think it has been over-hyped. Had it not been hailed as the Second Coming of all motion pictures, I might not have been as disappointed.

Alana on October 7, 2013 at 1:54 AM

My wife and I just saw it today in Manila. IMAX and 3D. While it has it’s problems technically, and the plot is unbelievable, it’s a gloriously fun ride and visually stunning – worth the bucks. PLUS – no attempt to shove an agenda down your throat, even with Bullock and Clooney.

Try to find it on the biggest screen possible, if not IMAX. And 3D, however I would recommend IMAX 3D over any standard theater 3D.

Timothy S. Carlson on October 7, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Timothy S. Carlson on October 7, 2013 at 5:04 AM
*
Spot on, we saw it Saturday night.

Jason58 on October 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM

DarthBrooks on October 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I’m with you on this one. I could handle it if they hadn’t pushed that it was all based on real physics and orbital dynamics. I’m only nit picky when a movie claims accuracy. Gravity just has to much wrong for a movie claiming to be doing it right.

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

The film was a pet project of director Alfonso Cuarón, who waited for years for the technology to catch up with the script in order to make it feasible.

You know you are in for a lot of BS when you see such a statement. There’s nothing in this movie that could not have been done 10 years ago. It’s cheaper now for sure but the technology was there.

Rocks on October 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

My personal boycott is still in tact. If Clooney is in it I’m out. I’ve never seen Avatar either. You can’t say I’m not consistent. I’ll read a book instead.

neyney on October 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

***SPOILER***

You are being way too kind on this one, Ed. This is “Apollo 13″ and “Castaway” pureed into one film. Lots of eye candy, but not worth going to the theatre for IMHO.

VastRightWingConspirator on October 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Anyone here seen ‘Frozen’? Awesome film if you haven’t checked it out. 

WhatSlushfund on October 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

“Frozen” is basically “Sharknado” on the slopes; it isn’t exactly “The Grey.” Don’t you think?

VastRightWingConspirator on October 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Everyone should protest Chic-Fil-A based upon what they serve :)

UrbanCoyote on October 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Have to disagree. They have superior food over other such chains. Husband likes to bring home fastfood for lunch. Chic-Fil-A has a superior salad with crisp spinach,Endive, Arugula, and Romaine lettuce, truly grilled chicken, firm/fresh cherry tomatoes, and choice of toppings and dressing, including nuts. Yum.

Unlike another national chain in which the salad is filled with spines and heels of Romaine lettuce (think they use the rest for hamburgers), mixed only with iceberg (which is just colored water inside of white cellulose….no vitamins), and shriveled up cherry tomatoes,and limp, grilled on one side (sortuv) chicken. Ugh! . Sometimes you get the apples, carrots as advertised; sometimes you get grated cheese and no apples at all.

Chick-Fil-A has lines wrapped around the building, even though they have TWO lines!, but you still get waited on quickly.

avagreen on October 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Anyone here seen ‘Frozen’? Awesome film if you haven’t checked it out. 

WhatSlushfund on October 6, 2013 at 10:32 PM

“Frozen” is basically “Sharknado” on the slopes; it isn’t exactly “The Grey.” Don’t you think?

VastRightWingConspirator on October 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I can’t believe this thread is still going.

I really liked ‘The Grey’ too. An excellent survival thriller. And, yes, definitely a more serious film.

Still though, for anyone who perhaps has a bent for slasher-type flicks and is looking for a sheer escapist survival thriller way to kill 90 minutes, would be cool with ‘Frozen.’ I mean, come on, that chilling speech the girl gives about 9/11 prior to their ordeal beginning? Someone put some thought into that.

WhatSlushfund on October 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Went to see ‘Gravity’ last night. Worth every penny to see it. The special effects were awesome. It’s a roller coaster ride for sure.

Conservchik on October 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Just came from seeing Gravity. Sorry Ed I was not impressed and regret paying for it. But the best part was seeing Clooney drift off into deep space.

Dennis D on October 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

“boring”????? I just got back, saw it in 3D and at an IMAX and it was fantastic-it did pain me to kick bucks back to Hollywood but this is my first movie at a theatre in many years.

It is anything but boring. I loved it.

MMinCanonCity on October 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM