The Horror Honeys: Gravity: A Second Look

Gravity: A Second Look

A Sci-Fi Honey Review

Gravity (2013)
How I Spent 2 Hours in the Fetal Position in a Theater Seat.

I went to see Gravity this week, in 3D. This is the kind of movie where you REALLY REALLY need to see it on a big screen. I had seen/read a lot of hype about the movie, and friends had been raving about it, so I had some high expectations.

I have to say, this movie delivered for me. Holy crap.

A synopsis: Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a mission specialist who is on her first space mission aboard the space shuttle Explorer. George Clooney plays fellow astronaut Matt Kowalski, who is commanding his final mission. While on a spacewalk to fix the Hubble Telescope, Mission Control tells the team a cloud of space debris is flying their way at top speed, and they need to evacuate ASAP. Insanity and chaos ensues as they try to make it out in one piece.

Sweet baby jeebus this movie is intense. It starts out with a long shot that lasts several minutes (13 minutes, I hear), no cuts.  That was a smart move. It gets the viewer really engaged in the movie, so that when it goes completely to hell, you’re already engrossed in it. Normally I’m not a huge 3D fan, I generally think a good movie doesn’t need it, but in this case it really adds to the experience. Flying through space, spinning around in 3D, it really gives you the feeling of how endless space is, and how alone she must feel. I got seriously dizzy a few times, not on a Cloverfield /Blair Witch level, but I had to look away a couple times to avoid losing my popcorn.

And this movie is Holy Hell for action-packed. Just when you think they catch a break, something else goes to crap and it’s full blast again. At one point near the end I did think ‘oh for fuck’s sake guys, this is getting a bit out of hand.’, but not in a maddening way, I just think they could have skipped the last crisis or two and still had a great movie.  Don’t get me wrong, the crises are all well done, but yeah. It felt to me near the end like the party went on a bit long after the host wanted to go to bed.

Overall though, this was a great movie. Sandra Bullock is awesome, and George Clooney does a good job with a limited character.  Apparently the part Clooney plays was originally going to be played by Robert Downey Jr., which would have been interesting  - I LOVE RDJ- but I enjoyed Clooney’s portrayal a lot. The action in Gravity is non-stop and heart wrenching and I was seriously in the fetal position in my chair saying ‘EEEP EEEP EEEP!!!’ several times. That’s the noise I make when I’m SUPER freaked out, so this movie definitely did the job.  When I walked out I felt like I did after the first time I went on a rollercoaster; jelly-legged, shaky, exhausted, and like I needed a hug.

Sci-Fi Honey Rating: 4.5 Jet Packs out of 5