The main lesson one can learn from Gravity is that people don’t feel comfortable in adverse conditions. When you leave your comfort zone, your usual environment, everything falls apart, and the way you react is extreme and anxious. It is a movie to hold your breath for two hours, to help you understand what is like to be in strange circumstances.
The plot of Gravity is quite simple: two astronauts, veteran and on his last mission Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and rookie Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) get caught in the middle of a space debris, which leaves them isolated and adrift, beginning a struggle for surviving and make it back to Earth.
In many ways, it is the story of a shipwreck. It could have easily had that set up. You just put the characters in the middle of the ocean, trying to find a way to find land, and the film could have been called Titanic -oh, wait, that one already exists-. But setting it in space gives it a much more claustrophobic feeling, because while almost everybody knows what is like to be in the water, nobody can relate to being up there.
With a captivating photography -don’t miss the aurora borealis moment- and an accomplished CGI, the film relies mostly on this, even though some close-ups of Bullock are quite breathtaking, and director Alfonso Cuarón plays with those contrasts between shots of the Earth and shots of just her eyes.
It has been said that Gravity is full of inaccuracies, but since more than 99% of the world population doesn’t really know what is like to be in space, the movie is completely watchable without cringing. And Cuarón himself admitted that he did it for dramatic purposes.
And something remarkable is the score by Steven Price. It adds even more tension to a restless film, enhancing key moments of the story -particularly striking is the music from the last five minutes-.
Full of metaphors that are there to make you reflect, Gravity contains a basic message: the human race is intelligent, progressive, but the Earth is our main home. We can accomplish anything we want, but we will still find adversities. We just have to overcome them.