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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Gravity the Movie

I don't watch movies as often as before.  I try to be selective because if the movie sucks, then you end up wasting 2 hours of your time.  When I watch at home and the movie doesn't engage me in the first 15 minutes, I usually end it too.   To increase the chances of watching movies I like, I usually stick to superheroes, cartoons, action and comedy. Haha...

Anyway, a friend invited me to watch Gravity recently.  I didn't have any idea what it was about except that friends who watched it said that the setting is in outer space and 70% of the movie time, there's only one character.  My friends said it's like watching Tom Hanks' Cast Away but it's outer space version.  Come to think of it, I don't think I have even watched Cast Away!  Tsk-tsk...

Anyway, since sometimes being open leads to good discoveries, I said yes to watching Gravity.  And I love it. 

I think it was a great idea to watch it on the big screen because the movie is more engaging on a big screen  - it's as if you were actually there to witness what was happening in outer space (unless of course you have a home theatre which I am far from having. Haha...).

Gravity is about a team of astronauts sent on a mission in outer space.  Something went wrong in the mission leaving only 2 alive (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) but totally disconnected to the world.  Later on, the two also separate leaving each other alone in outer space.  I know the plot sounds too plain if put that way but the movie is very engaging, moving and action-packed (I was actually on the edge of my seat most of the time).  But NASA debunked a lot of the technicalities in the movie beginning with Sandra Bullock's hair being in place all the time so just remember, it's a movie and not a documentary.

Anyway, Gravity shows the human spirit fighting for survival against all odds.  Floating aimlessly around outer space, fear of running out of oxygen, possibility of getting hit by debris... You've to remember that unlike getting stranded on an island, there are no trees and animals in outer space.  You've only yourself.

The movie will also force you think about mortality - something that each of us have probably thought about with the recent earthquake in Bohol and Cebu. And it's ok to think and even talk about death since it allows us to live better and more meaningful lives. In the book Geography of Bliss (one of my all-time favorite reads), the author shares that the Bhutanese people think about death everyday. Sounds scary and depressing but guess what?  The Bhutanese are one of the happiest people on earth. :)

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