Drifting Through the Darkness

Matthew Harris

Sandra Bullock captures the intensity of the situation-in-space through her acting as she takes on the role of Dr. Ryan Stone. The film hit the big screen on October 4.
Sandra Bullock captures
the intensity of
the situation-in-space
through her acting as she
takes on the role of
Dr. Ryan Stone.
The film hit the
big screen on
October 4.

“Gravity” had many aspects that are associated with blockbusters. The stunning visual effects that were sim­ple and yet so appealing. Music that added to the intensity of a scene, and in some cases the lack of music too. Combine these elements and all else needed is a good plot to put the icing on the cake. The only problem was, “Gravity” was lacking that final ele­ment.

All throughout “Gravity” scenes seemed predictable. The producer, Alfonso Cuaron, did drop well placed hints to foreshadow future events, but they were easy to pick out.

No single event in the movie seemed surprising, and nothing left viewers on the edge of their seat mak­ing them wonder what would happen next.

The only element that could have made up for the lack of interesting or suspenseful scenes was dialogue, but “Gravity” couldn’t include that because it would take away from the solitude of Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock.

On top of the predictable scenes, the lack of dialogue didn’t help devel­op a plot. Only one event about Dr. Stone’s life was acknowledged during a scene of the movie. The absence of background information about the main characters resulted in a lack of character development.

When Dr. Stone was speaking to another person, there would be very long pauses that didn’t add anything to the moment. At certain points in the movie, the only sound heard was Dr. Stone’s grunting while trying to overcome a problem.

The final issue with the movie was the lack of memorable scenes. If there was anything memorable at all, it was the sight of a digitized earth with the sun rising. “Gravity” did have some decent dialogue, but it wasn’t any­thing groundbreaking.

One character with suitable lines was George Clooney, who brought forth a sort of relaxed, comic relief to the film. Without his comic relief, some parts of the dialogue would have been awkward and hard to listen to.

Although there were downsides to “Gravity,” there are also a few positive aspects. The scenery was a wonder to behold on its own. The combination of visual effects added to the authen­ticity of each scene.

With all of these amazing visual effects, it just made one want to en­joy more of the world and look up to imagine what it would look like in an astronaut’s point of view.

The other element worth men­tioning was the music. There wasn’t a single time where music was off put­ting in a wrong scene, and in many other cases there weren’t any scenes that needed music when there was just silence. The silence may have been overused to the point of a scene almost being unnecessarily awkward, but until that point it was well uti­lized.

In some scenes the music was pro­gressively getting louder until it was too much to handle, then it stopped and became completely silent. That element alone made the film a decent movie to watch.

While “Gravity” has some lack­luster elements, some parts of other films that aren’t used masterfully were utilized very well in “Gravity.” The combination of visual effects and music made the film very interesting to watch, but the lack of a well-de­veloped plot and characters made the film difficult to follow at points.

After all was said and done, the vi­sual effects and audio turned the movie around from being some cheesy space flick that isn’t worth just being watched on a dreary day with nothing else to do, but a film that could take priority on a list of films that should be watched next time one pays a trip to the theatre. ­

 

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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