Gravity Pulls in Audiences
by Emma Martin on Friday, October 11th, 2013
This past weekend, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney premiered their new movie, Gravity, in theaters around the country. Gravity, which takes the audience on a suspense-filled adventure to outer space, depicts the struggle of two astronauts, played by Clooney and Bullock, after tragedy strikes.
Gravity, directed and written by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuarón, keeps viewers at the edge of their seats as a thrilling and suspenseful sci-fi plot develops. Clooney and Bullock, two titans of Tinseltown, play Matt Kowalski and Dr. Ryan Stone, respectively, both part of a team of astronauts sent into space. Experienced astronaut Kowalski has been in space before, but the highly intelligent engineer Dr. Stone has not.
The struggle the astronauts face is not just physical, for the emotional pain that Stone and Kowalski feel is unimaginable: the all-encompassing darkness and uncontrollable fear of death fill their every moment. Bullock portrays her character’s fragile state of mind perfectly, as she grasps the uncommon challenge of trying to survive in a weightless and highly unique situation.
Survival in a completely uncontrollable environment becomes the challenge of all challenges, and the audience is left anxiously rooting for the handsome Clooney and the intelligent Bullock through the many burdens they face. The intense visuals, moments of silence, and darkness of space all contribute to the powerful suspense throughout the movie. Cuaron nails the fears that Stone and Kowalski face, equating them to being stranded or lost and makes a very uncommon experience feel like something very real and personal. Top movie critics have hailed Cuaron for his creative plot and his complex techniques. The movie doesn’t feel over-edited, awkwardly cast, or outwardly unimaginable; the movie strikes a very personal tone because of the focus on the theme of desire for survival.
Although space movies have the tendency to have a very narrow audience, Gravity really makes an effort to appeal to many. By casting A-list stars Clooney and Bullock, audience members will be drawn to watch their favorite stars attempt to overcome the brutal pains of near-death experiences in such a harsh environment. Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies will love the intense plot and intensely emotional side of Gravity. The film will pull at the heartstrings of anyone who loves a happy ending or a perfect outcome.
The unexpected relatable emotion, the all-star cast, and the intense adventure allow the movie to exceed any expectations. Gravity is surprisingly not cheesy or unbelievable, despite the hard-to-believe plot. Cuarón adds the right balance of emotion and action into his work, making it an instant hit.
Obviously, Cuarón played his cards just right, since in its first weekend in the box office, Gravity soared to the top of the box office, shattering the October one-week record with $55.5M. Recently, in an interview, Clooney remarked that “to find films that make sense and make it an event to come here and do that, I think that’s extraordinary.”
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