The Horror Honeys: Sandra Bullock is Having a Really Bad Day...

Sandra Bullock is Having a Really Bad Day...

A Deep Space Guest Honey Review

Gravity - 2013

I've been a little too busy lately, worried about what I plan on watching for Halloween, to investigate what movies are about to come out in theaters. Gravity is no exception. I knew very little about it other than it takes place in space and it stars two people that I have never really cared for. However, everyone else was talking about it so I decided to give it a shot.

Sandra Bullock is Dr. Ryan Stone, an introverted engineer, on her first mission for NASA. George Clooney is Matt Kowalski, a charming astronaut who is on his last. When debris from a Russian satellite destroys their shuttle, they are left adrift in space. They have no contact with Earth and are running out of air.

When the shuttle is hit, which happens in the first 15 minutes, it's a roller-coaster ride until the end. Kowalski is wearing a jet pack and can easily navigate the debris. Stone is tethered to the ship and goes spinning out of control and into space. This is when I almost lost it. POV always makes me nauseous, but that, combined with hyperventilating in IMAX, was downright panic inducing. As Stone's O2 levels decreased, I found myself controlling my breathing, taking shallow breaths, anything to preserve my air. (Fun fact: I fear death by suffocation more than anything)

Every moment of this film is a fight for survival. The question is, does she want to survive? We learn that Stone lost a daughter and doesn't have much to go back to, other than her job. She doesn't care for people or noise (I hear ya, sister), which is why she likes space. There is no sound in space. There is nothing.

I made it clear, before seeing this film, that I'm not a fan of either actor. Clooney will forever be Dr. Doug Ross from ER and Bullock, well, I think she's funny, but I'm not overly impressed with her filmography. Clooney does his usual schtick, but this is Bullock's film. She sold me: or rather her panic and fear sold me. She was relatable and believable. Much more so, I think, than Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman who both turned down the role. I did not, however, care for the wig she was wearing.

The film looked amazing and I'd swear, if I didn't know any better, that it was completely shot in space. The effects were spectacular and, while I never feel 3D is necessary, it enhanced the film more than it took away, especially where fire and water are concerned. 

In an age where big Hollywood films are 2+ hours long, this is a blissful 90 minutes. Kudos to director Alfonso CuarĂ³n for not making us suffer any longer than necessary. I mean, it's not like Castaway. Bullock didn't have Wilson to go on space adventures with. While this isn't a horror film, if you have any anxiety, fear of suffocation or claustrophobia, this film is pretty scary and the intensity rarely lets up.

It's not perfect, however. It had some moments when you think, "come on already," but those moments are few and do not take away from the overall mood and moral of the story, which, I assume is, gravity, and/or the lack of it, is a bitch.

I have decided, as much as I dislike most people, space is not for me. ~Suzanne