Gravity-where do I start.
I had high hopes for this movie, far too drawn to this film gravity, its trailer, big names behind it and when I watched it, frankly, it didn’t live up to the expectation. Oh no, its not so bad, it is still a must-watch movie, I just hope too much.
Cause sometimes its not the fact of life, but its the hope in your mind that is killling you softly (curcol).
Alright, back to the movie. I missed the first few minutes of that movie, actually. When I watched it, I saw Dr. Ryan (Sandra Bullock) tried to fix a panel or some kind of system.The system was said to be progressive, and only several people had come that far with the research. So NASA, funded Dr Ryan research to be done outer space or something.
My first question was: What the hell does a medical doctor do out in a space, fixing some panel system? Aren’t medical doctor supposed to fix lives than systems? And I must say, if she really is an expert, chosen by NASA to install the system in outer space, she didn’t look skillfull doing it.
Well, anyway, somehow some accident happened. Some Russian (its like some old American movies who always blamed the Russian), try to fired at their own satellite and the satelite explode in the outer space, leaving lots of debris flying in high speed, endangering everything in line with their orbit. Apparently Bullock and her teammate, I forgot his name, lets just say Clooney (played by George Clooney) also their spaceship are right around the debris orbit. The debris hit their space ship hard and crashed it, killed several team mates, only leaves Bullock and Clooney together in a vast limitless space, also later Clooney also got killed. And from that moment forward, all Bullock do is to survive the space and find their way back to earth.
If you want to know what happened next in the film, well, Bullock tried several things to saved herself. She tried to enter the Russian Satellite, but it didn’t work. Then she tried to tag along with the Chinese Satellite, and made it back to earth. She landed, almost drowned, but got back on her two feet, continue to march with her life, prouder and stronger than ever to have survive the space.
Thats about it, thats the major outline of the film. You should stop reading here, if thats what you only need to know. But If you want a review, keep on reading.
The good thing about this movie is the graphic. The graphic detail of the film is flawless, and I heard it took 4 years to create it. But I’m afraid, that was what distracted the filmmaker to enrich other details in the movie. Its like, they concentrate too much, on the film technicality, and forgot to give “soul” to the movie.
Bullock was portrayed as dumb-blonde astronout (only she is brunette), someone who didn’t really give added value to the team, her experiments went wrong and she didn’t have time to finish it, she can’t drive a space shuttle, she panicked during crucial moment and were clueless on how to save herself, she can’t speak other language, and there are so many things in the movie that makes you ask questions.
How does an astronout (Bullock) can be so clumsy and stupid? Aren’t astronout supposed to be geniuses and were trained to be calm under emergency situation?
I also see some problems with Bullock’s acting. Actually, i think, this is the first time Bullock have to act that much alone, talking to herself, projecting loneliness and desperation. This is not the kind of acthig that suits her, she acts better when somebody else was in the scene.
From the moment the debris hits their space, gravity just turns into another survivor movie, but in space. Its like Die Hard, but in space.
Oh, the film maker tried, here and there, to give soul to the movie. But it just didn’t got me.
Like when Bullock told Clooney that she had a daughter who died, and after since she was lonely and nobody waits for her on earth (ngerti kok mblo…). Or when Bullock tried to communicate with someone in China, and instead of trying more effectively to save her life she just want to hear the sound of a crying baby and the dog in the background. Its like Bullock trying to be someone who died in space, tapi nanggung, because somehow, suddenly she become this survivor who comes back to earth and fight for her life.
Jadi maunya gravity ini apa? Just some action movie in space? Mau menekankan betapa mengerikannya sendirian sambil mempertanyakan eksistensi kita yang begitu kecil di luar angkasa (like Cast Away-kind of movie)? Atau mau cerita cinta antara Clooney dan Bullock?
Actually, the film maker tried to include all the above and failed miserably. I would appreciate it, if from the first place this movie come clean and said “Hey I’m just some action-survivor movie trying to look posh in space.” But oh no, this movie tried to trick the audience to make the audience believed that this movie is more “important” and “serious” than it really was. The fim maker tried to put some loneliness, despair, existential questions, suicidal trials and also some love story in it.
Good try, but it didnt fly.
Again, the action part was superb, but maybe Bullock use an expert stunt? Bruce Willis in Die Hard, is more convincing and I believe it take far lesser budget and time to make it.