Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness of space. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
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Gravity is an intense science fiction thriller that takes you into the depths of space and into the depths of human consciousness. If you like to experience life floating in space tethered to your spacecraft by a cord, them this movie may have some anti-gravity fun for you, but be cautioned that this movie may be a bit too disturbing for the whole family. This family movie review will tell you why.
The plot revolves around two people alone drifting in space. In this movie, an accident leaves a medical engineer and an astronaut on a fight to survive while floating in space. It does contain a few instances of brief language, as one would expect when their lives are in danger and something bad suddenly happens. That was the official reason for the PG-13 rating by the MPAA, but that is not the reason for the parental guide to the movies PG-13 rating. The reason for the rating is the intensity of the action and the emotions shown. It really takes the viewer into the world inside the heads of the main characters.
This movie makes the audience feel the terror and fear that the characters are feeling by giving them emotional clues. You feel the terror through their facial expressions and you hear their heart beating faster and their breathing pick up. It also plays on the archetypal fear of being alone in the dark. There is a constant fear of loss of life and a feeling of not being in control. Random events make the situation worse with every frame. This mind trip takes the audience on a dark journey, and it does it very well.
The acting in this move is superb. The set is a limited space and much of the film only shows the facial expressions and reactions of the actors through the facemask of their spacesuit. The movie is frightening because it portrays raw human emotion. This move is too intense for younger members of the family. It was intended to be disturbing for the adult audience, and it will keep you on the edge of your seats. It is highly reminiscent of A Space Odyssey in film technique and in the way it portrays emotion. This movie is much faster paced than earlier lost in space type movies. The type of fear and suspense shown in this movie may leave a bit too much of a lasting impression on those below the age of 11 or 12. This intense thriller is an excellent choice for those of you who love a good realistic space thriller.