Thanks to a kind invitation from the folks at Golden Village, I got to attend the priority screening of the movie ‘Gravity’ on the eve of my birthday. 😀
That’s not me delirious with joy. That’s Sandra lost in outer space:
At the start, I found it incomprehensible that a movie could be mainly about just one person (as if the movie budget did not allow for more characters). Then I realized that Sandra Bullock did such a great job that it didn’t seem as though we saw too much of her, though we did see too little of George Clooney. 😉
The synopsis from GV: “Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in ‘Gravity’, a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarn (“Children of Men”). Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) 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. 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”.
What I liked about the movie:
1) Those moments of silence when all you can hear are Sandra’s gasps for air, and perhaps, your own heart beating. If you’ve experienced those moments of pure silence before, you’ll know that it’s both terrifying and liberating. Terrifying ‘cos you’re probably all alone. And liberating at times ‘cos you are all alone.
2) George Clooney’s advice to Sandra to truly get over the death of her daughter, and just move on with life. All too often, we tend to cling on to people who aren’t here with us anymore, and we stop ‘living’, we grieve (for too long), and we forget there is a reason why we are still breathing!
3) How good the two stars look, despite their age. There is hope for all of us (with, maybe, the help of Botox). 😀
Overall, a good movie. The bf rated it 7.5/10 and I gave it a 6. It’s a timely reminder for me, on my birthday, to think about whether I’m living each day to the fullest, whether I still have emotional baggage from the past that’s tying me down, and to spend some moments in silence each day to just be.
So a big Thank You to Mr Popcorn! 😀