My family came over last night and together we watched Gravity. I had already seen it, but my parents and sister had not.
I am eventually going to give away the ending as that relates to one of the key points of this post. It isn’t some spectacular twist or anything. Knowing may not affect your potential enjoyment of the film. In my humble opinion, it probably will not. Still, there are some individuals who simply do not want to hear anything about a movie before they see it. In which case, they should have gone to catch it at the cinemas. Irrespective, this is me trying to be accommodating.
The movie was good. I have a decent sized TV, approximately 102cm, and a gutsy surround sound system. The kind where in some movies you have to pause to make sure that knocking in the background wasn’t somebody at the door.
My family enjoyed it. Though my mother did make the criticism about the part in the final re-entry where Sandra Bullock is playing eeny-meeny-miny-mo with button mashing. To my mother’s mind, highlighting that Sandra’s character’s ultimate survival did have a factor of blind luck was unnecessary given the chain of events that had preceded her adventure to that point. But the effects were still pretty groovy.
I have personal quibble with how much Hollywood actors earn. Particularly when Hollywood then cries about how poor they are because of people downloading their movies. Some actors are great. Just not making-more-money-than-the-CEOs-of-corporations-powerful-enough-to-influence-nationnal -economies-in-return-for-x-weeks-filming great. To me, there is something intrinsically wrong with the way we value actors when they earn that much.
Putting aside my personal issue with Hollywood star pay checks in general, I do have immense respect for Sandra Bullock both for what she went through in filming, and the brilliant deal she cut and subsequent payday she earned for it. Back to the family viewing. At the end, somebody asked where it was she landed. My sister offhandedly suggested that she lands in North Korea and is soon after shot by the local military. Smartphone in hand, I quickly search for the answer.
While the filming occurred at Lake Powell, Arizona (also where the landing scene was shot for the 1968 Planet of the Apes), visual effects appear to have superimposed a much greener skyline than is normally found there. I actually did laugh out loud when I found THIS link that suggested, based on the land formations, that she lands near the North Korean and Chinese border. My brain starts doing its thing and then….
Gravity 2 will feature Dr Ryan Stone trying to escape from North Korea, where she will ultimately be forced to do so by stealing the secret space rocket that North Korea has been developing while deftly fooling western nations with phony failed rocket tests. George Clooney returns in ghost-like Obi-Wan Kenobi form to assist her in avoiding the crack military troops by yammering anecdotes in her ear throughout the film.
Though, when things get really hairy, we learn that back in college, Dr Ryan Stone had taken up martial arts following a mugging experience. So this time, she’s kicking @$$ and going home!