Saturday, October 26, 2013

Why you must see Gravity

As the year was starting, all you sci-fi fans must have seen trailers one after the other featuring aliens, crafts, suits and basically shit happening in space. Check out the following play-list which features the popular 2013 sci-fi movie trailers which blew our mind (until we saw them that is).

No no, hey, some of these are really good. I enjoyed World War Z, Star Trek into Darkness and a few others a lot. But one shined brightest, and that movie is Gravity.

Image Courtesy: Warner Brothers

Gravity was good because of its sincerity to story telling. In interest of not spoiling the movie for you, I can only say that it is a focused movie and it sticks to its plan.

Image Courtesy (all forth): fxguide

The movie stresses on the harsh conditions of space which make Earth's harsh places look happy happy land full of ponies and rainbows. Earth is our home, the one and only truthful home, there's no denying (at-least for now).

Gravity, the perfect name chosen for the movie, consistently gives a good lessen of the Newton's 3 laws of motion:
  1. An object either is at rest or moves at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.
  2. The acceleration of a body is directly proportional to, and in the same direction as, the net force acting on the body, and inversely proportional to its mass.
  3. When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body.
Taken from Wikipedia

This means, in the absence of a land under you, once an object is flicked in a direction, it will keep on going there until it hits another object or some external force is applied on it. And given how far apart things are in space, you can more or less say that that object will keep on going on it's path "forever" in our measly human terms. And if that is a human being?

Gravity uses this formula the best. It keeps you on the edge of the seat by this simplest fear of physics' one of the most important laws: "If I lose hold of anything, means I am gonna continue on my path to nowhere, completely alone, until I am dead". Thank fully on Earth, we have a consistent non-stop force gravity acting on us which is keeping us here, and basically shaping our life.

Sandra bullocks acting is awesome, something which is not even worth mentioning, because that's who she is: A very good actress.

George clooneys acting is awesome too. His role and the character is super and his jokes will act as coolers for your rest of the thrilling experience of the movie.

This movie is best seen in 3D, I generally love 3D and I am not the regular everyday human being who goes around saying "3D sux". I am sorta used to it, but this is one of the rare movies in which my eyes were flickering by reflexes when things were coming on my face. This means, you have to go to cinema and PAY FOR IT TO WATCH IT? OH MY GOD! REALLY? IT'S THAT GOOD?

I want to talk about some things which are worth mentioning, but they are spoilers, so please avoid reading this paragraph if you haven't watched the movie yet. Stop reading here and go to the next paragraph after the image right now. Stop reading. Now. Not kidding. Stop. Are they gone? Good. The movie is from a singleton perspective of only two Hollywood actors, both brilliant (Sandra and George). This means no ground control crap and clichéd melodrama, "Oh, our astronauts are up there, we don't leave anyone behind", "Mr. President, now is the time to make a decision", "The jet engine fuel is running out, our astronauts are stranded, don't you have a heart Sergeant?!" etc. ... all this, is not there! They even made fun of the most clichéd dialog of Hollywood movies, "I have a bad feeling about this". This is not a movie that will try to make you cry by putting a helpless subject in a hopeless and tight situation (it might as well actually), instead ...

This movie will leave you in awe.

You love science? You will love how well they have portrayed the newtons laws of motion, and the general beyond earthly extreme conditions of space.

You are a visual effects person? Get impressed by reading this. (Also, all images on this post are borrowed from this page)

You don't love science? You will still... wait what? You don't love science? Weird. Anyway, you will still love it, in fact my suggestion is to keep all the science stuff aside and just go with what the movie is showing.

You are a conscious human being who is self aware? GO WATCH IT!


  1. Such strong positive review ... I think Last i saw you doing this for "Horton hears a who"

    And quite frankly ... I couldn't appreciate the movie that much :( ...

    1. I am just talking about the good parts of the movie, note that a lot of things I haven't mentioned might be not working at all for some people and all that. And finally my opinion that it's worth a watch :)

  2. You'll get swept up into it right away, and it most likely won't let you go. That's the type of film this is and that's why it works so well. Nice review Shiben.

    1. Thank you Dan, one friend of mine was saying that he felt the movie was over in half an hour, haha.

      Checked out your website, and am coming to know about movies I had no idea existed! Pretty cool. Please keep visiting here too :)