The Effects/Reality of the Film “Gravity”

GravityThe film Gravity has become a modern-day classic as well as an informative presentation about space equipment.

From specially colored manuals to thruster packs that move astronauts from site to site in space, audiences get a real sense of the necessary equipment used in space missions.

Health issues, oxygen levels, space equipment movements, astronaut movements, various communication/technology and the amazing physical properties of our world… as the title stresses a poignant overall theme in the film (no spoilers here if you haven’t seen this highly recommended gem).

Space scenarios in the film have been questioned by real astrophysicists, authors, and former astronauts, but the presented uses and scenarios are thought-provoking, surprising, and, most importantly, entertaining. Logistics in a film set in space are always complex, so the simple explanation and demonstration in this film are greatly appreciated.

The father and son filmmaking team of Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón make this amazing sci-fi thriller. A uniquely, emotional film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts fighting for survival in space due to unforeseen events relating to special equipment installations on the Hubble telescope.

Bullock plays rookie medical engineer Ryan Stone while Clooney portrays veteran Matt Lowalski. Their Oscar® worthy performances cover an amazing range of physical, emotional and mental challenges in a realistic way as this popular duo commands the screen with talent, chemistry, and realism. Other roles include mission control personnel (voice only) including Ed Harris (Apollo 13).

Filmmakers provide practical applications by just showing audiences how astronauts use equipment instead of adding unnecessary dialogue. You just watch Ryan give her location using her suit instruments instead of hearing a lengthy explanation. The opening credits also set the logistical tone with mention of temperature fluctuation and other pertinent information.

Astronauts also demonstrate impressive moves inside tight quarters and outside various space vehicles that would make any Cirque Du Soleil performer proud. They also might have some super gripping material on their gloves, especially since they are constantly grabbing various items.

Gravity (2013)
Sandra Bullock

Besides the basic tools, vehicles, power tools, and lighting tools, Gravity features instructional manuals in well-designed slots, racks, nooks, and crannies so this vital information stays put. Ryan talks out her thoughts as she scans through the pages.

Audiences see endless examples through character action instead of astronauts amid their equipment with nifty colors, designs, and sounds.

Thankfully, Gravity shows how the sound vacuum really works in space, so audiences only hear smashing debris in the preview for the film and not in the actual film, plus there are unique sound/views from the inside of the suit, which also feature the gloves, helmet, and “underclothes” or lack of. Audiences do not need characters to mention how sick they are getting, because the audience gets a real sense of the weightlessness, motion, and vertigo. Overall, the special effects and sounds enhance the character actions instead of driving them.

As the astronauts cope with various challenges, dangers, and disasters, the film provides a smooth view with authentic sound effects within a documentary-type feel. The sci-fi film genre represents incredible pressures to give audiences something new. The familiar survival theme goes to a new level.

No aliens. No weapons. Just human survival in space, where they depend on their equipment like never before. Raw emotions we only think about in the deep recesses of our minds come out of Ryan in an authentic fashion, resulting in an amazingly emotional experience. Gravity gives audiences a true “out of this world” feel that is unattainable for most people in real life.

Besides the basics (oxygen supply, suit, etc.), can you imagine what your choices might be if you ever went into space?

Experienced music editor Steven Price creates a memorable score while cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki incorporates amazing Earth backdrops with special effects for the outstanding visuals. A rare sci-fi experience with an equally rare one hour and 31-minute running time that enhances the expert filmmaking and enthralling plot. It’s better to watch this high-quality film without any expectations. An incredible experience that reaches new heights in 3D. A must see (**** out of four stars), modern-day classic rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images, and brief, strong language.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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