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Gravity – The Best Movie in “A While”

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I saw Gravity on Friday night. I can’t remember being more immersed in a movie since I saw Star Wars 36 years ago. It could have been because I was wiped out from the week. It could have been the saki I had at the hibachi place before the movie. It could have been the Imax 3D stuff. Or it could have just been because it was an amazing movie.

If you haven’t seen the extended trailer, it’s worth five minutes of your life.

Now – this is a movie. It’s not scientifically perfect. But it’s so otherworldly that there isn’t much suspension of disbelief needed. And it only really has two actors – Sandra Bullock and George Clooney – and 95% of the focus of the movie is on them. Bullock has made her share of crap lately but she is incredible in this movie. Clooney was as expected. There was only one hokey scene that fortunately only lasted about three minutes. The music was excellent. And there were endless double entendres that jumped out at me including a perfect moment near the end for a Jaws reference that they gratefully omitted.

Imax 3D was a special bonus. I don’t do much 3D as I wear glasses and I find that the glasses on glasses action creates weird effects on the edges. But that didn’t matter in this case – the 3D action was so incredibly dramatic and powerful that the few times things got out of whack I just adjusted my glasses and everything was amazing again.

I will definitely be seeing Gravity again on the big screen. Wow. Space is a pretty cool place.

  • Doug Ludlow

    Agreed – I grew up wanting to be an astronaut, and Gravity is likely the closet I will ever get to experiencing the real thing.

    I walked out of the movie feeling overwhelmed, like I was hit by a truck, but in a good way if that is possible.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Good description. I had a 30 minute drive home from the theater and I just turned up the radio and spaced out.

  • Ann Greenberg

    The sound engineering was truly incredible. The strongest feeling I had upon exciting was that this was the most loving tribute to Earth, I have ever seen.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Powerful. Yeah – I loved the daylight scenes – permasmile.

  • Rebecca Jackson

    Incredible movie – an intense reminder, and interesting juxtaposition of how small we humans are in the context of the overall universe, and yet how indomitable the human spirit is.

    I concur with Doug’s comment – overwhelming, in a good way. I struggled not to sob violently (but, in a good way) when Sandra’s character made it safely out of the water.

    • David West

      MAJOR SPOILERS ABOVE!!!!

      • Rebecca Jackson

        Whoops! I got carried away with the emotion of it all. Sorry.

  • http://kcitp.com/ Michael Gelphman

    Brad, thanks SO much for including our space launch video on this post!! :D

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      My pleasure – thx for tweeting it at me. Very cool.

  • Glenn@MessagePetz

    Looking forward to seeing it! I saw RUSH today — great parable for startup life.

  • http://www.cornfedsystems.com/ Frank W. Miller

    I worked on the Space Station back in the early 90′s. I’m looking forward to seeing this. Must admit tho, felt a little depressed seeing them blow it up like that :( Is that the only story they could think of?

  • http://www.kineplay.com/ben Ben Milstead

    We saw it yesterday, concur — solid film and so immersive. Some of Bullock’s best work.

  • http://technbiz.blogspot.com paramendra

    Or maybe you are just a nerd! (It is a cool movie indeed) :)

  • Jim Butz

    Brad – I concur, saw it this afternoon on iMax 3D and was blown away. I had read a couple of reviews that were not too positive and lowered my expectations. Not sure what movie those folks saw, but it certainly was not the one I saw. The graphics and FX were amazing

  • Xiaohua Yi

    Thanks for the recommendation, Brad. Will try to see this movie this week.

  • Renagade Girl

    Just saw this movie and I agree, I was “blown” away! It was a wild, fun
    ride from start to finish! Someone in Hollywood remembered what
    Hollywood should be about…..Entertainment! I floated out of the theater and hours later still feel the visual impact of the film.
    Always wanted to be an astronaut, ended up being a firefighter….This
    is definitively worth seeing in IMAX and 3D. Loved the adrenaline rush!

  • Tim Delux

    I think it was the Saki. :) Or maybe its the IMAX experience and pretty visuals.
    I saw the movie in a regular movie theatre (still 3D) and was not impressed.
    To say the movie is not scientifically inaccurate is an understatement.

    What I thought was going to be suspense triggered by a disaster, just ended up being a prolonged disaster.
    Did anyone notice that the escape pod on The ISS had space for only two people. Now I am not a Space buff but if anyone ever saw a report about the ISS, you would have surely seen more than 2 people floating around the station.

    It would have been better suspense in deciding who gets to leave by invoking the sinister side of people in space.
    Battling it out for ride back home. Instead it was a completely unnecessary sequence of events that lead to an unsatisfying ending.

    If you like IMAX and pretty space visuals, then this movie might deserve your money.

  • ufo man

    I have not seen gravity yet I’d like to I cannot download it I tried several different ways still am trying other ways I’d like to see it

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