OK for kids 14+
Intense, astonishing sci-fi thriller has real soul.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gravity (which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and was directed by Children of Men's Alfonso Cuaron) isn't your run-of-the-mill sci-fi thriller: It's a spare, elegant film that speaks to the mysteries of human emotion and space, as well as a stunning piece of moviemaking with depth and insight that make it an intense viewing experience (which is heightened, for the better, by the 3D presentation). Its mature themes -- including death and grief -- and scenes of gripping peril make it best for teens and adults. Younger kids may be frightened by some sequences, including one that's notably gory/gruesome. There's also some swearing (including both "f--k" and "s--t").
- Families can talk about how Gravity is similar to, and different from, other movies about space. Is it a sci-fi movie, a thriller, a drama, or a combination of all three?
- How do you explain the bevy of emotions that Dr. Stone experiences throughout the movie? Do you understand why she reacts this way?
- Which is more memorable/impressive -- the film's technical achievements or its character drama? Why?
The good stuff
Messages: The power of hope is boundless; it can push through darkness and propel you to survive.
Role models: Dr. Ryan Stone may seem broken, but her will to live is stronger than her darkest of days.
What to watch for
Violence: A debris shower in outer space, precipitated by the missile shooting of a satellite, wreaks havoc, slicing through space stations manned by humans. An astronaut is shown with half of his face broken off (gory but not especially bloody); other dead astronauts are shown floating, grievously injured. Two others are tossed around. Main characters face constant peril and danger. One "jump" scare scene.
Sex: Not an issue
Language: Occasional use of "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "son of a bitch."
Consumerism: The NASA logo is (not surprisingly) everywhere, plus mentions of Facebook and NPR.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Talk of co-workers buying each other drinks.
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Don't Bother!!! by foss1
Worst movie I've seen in 2013!!!!!! A fifth grader could write a better plot than this one had.
Good acting and decent special effects are the only good things I can say about it.
I don't see how any critic could say anything good about this movie.
Someone made Money on this? by ilkannon
What a complete waste of my time and their effort. The best thing that happened in this movie was the trailer for Ender's Game! You so called Critics... Dave White you owe me a movie night out with my wife since it was your review she read and you suck at it!
Good Movie, Great Special Effects ... by elsguy
Sandra Bullock is great and the story moves with several peaks and valleys of suspense, but the triggers seem somewhat contrived to create a showcase for the stunning sets and extraordinary special effects. I kept thinking: what are the chances of this happening in space, and what would be the likelihood of survival if it did? Probably not likely, and probably not likely. Still, the story is gripping, and you will not fail to appreciate the contrast of the vastness and loneliness of space with the tight quarters of the spacecraft we use to survive in it. You'll be reaching and twisting in your seat for anything you can hold on to. I liked it a lot.
...and I had SUCH high hopes! by malc818
Hmmm...How to describe my opinion? how about cheesy, mindless & boring? I really, really wanted to like this movie because I'm a Bullock and Clooney fan, but WOW, such a letdown...After reading PAGES of rave reviews, including 2 FULL pages in the Wall Street Journal touting Gravity as 'possibly the best movie of all time", I fully expected heart-stopping action & Oscar-worthy acting...uh uh, didn't happen...George looked as if he was on the verge of cracking up laughing in some of the scenes & Sandra B? Well, much as I like her, the girl just can't do justice to a dramatic script & should stick to rom-coms (tho she IS getting a little long in the tooth for those engenue roles).producing/directing & raising little Louis...Sorry, Sandy & George, I know my opinion will crush you, but you can console yourselves with the millions you'll make from this "hit"...oh, just an observation--when the movie ended, the audience was absolutely silent (not the reaction of a wowed crowd)...
Undeveloped and manipulative by robertyouree
If you're looking for a movie with a plot and character development do NOT see Gravity. If you want to see 90 minutes of amazing special effects and gorgeous cinematography go see this movie. It's as simple as that. Bullock does a fine job but certainly nothing even close to an Oscar worthy performance. Critics are out in left field with this one.
Buzz Light Year meets The Crying Game by jeff5196
Wow! What a great movie! Loved it.
Clooney and Bullock will get Oscar nominations for sure, with Sandy possibly winning for Best Actress in a Weightless Roll.
Special Effects were way beyond 'special'. 'Gravity' is a great name for a movie that provides such a powerful "suspension" of disbelief.
If you're looking for a high body count, and multiple car chases, stay away. Otherwise go see it.
Gravity by emersong1
My wife and I decided to see Gravity on our date night Saturday night. We should have sat on a bench watching all the ugly stupid people shopping at the Grove instead. Neither of us liked Gravity. I happen to adore Sandra Bullock and feel bad writing this review but really folks, waste of time. The movie was totally unbelievable. A few beautiful shots of Earth but not worth sitting in the packed theatre with a bunch of noisy popcorn chomping rude people and crying babies. Gravity was made for stupid people. Not for kids due to a few graphic death shots.
Sandra Bullock is great - a must see in 3D by tdogcruiser
Finally, no avatars or fake robots....a realistic movie about space. The cinematography was beautiful of our gorgeous planet from space and the special effects were spectacular. Sandra Bullock can certainly hold a movie on her own and shows her stuff in this one. Really enjoyed it but unfortunately only saw it in a 2-D theater....this is one movie that is a MUST SEE IN 3D! Think I will go back and see it again in 3D.
Eh not bad... but not great by LucieGirlie
I was excited to see Gravity. My husband wasn't so sure but I thought it looked great. It was okay... but I wouldn't recommend it. I do think Sandra Bullock did an excellent job and there were parts where I was on the edge of my seat, but the majority of it was ho hum. I think that the most annoying part was the small cast. I kept waiting for her to run into another person or be able to communicate with them. Spoiler: It never happens. I did not care for the ending either. I agree with other reviewers that said her character should have been developed more, I just couldn't find myself rooting for her.
Worth seeing. by sellis60682
Gravity is not great, but it is worth seeing on the big screen. The shots of earth from space are stunning. The story is interesting and tense--a bit of a stretch, but it's entertainment. I can imagine that seeing it in 3D would be a real treat.