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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TERRIBLE! by Luvs-da-movies
I will never trust the critics again, they should have their credentials taken away. This was not only boring but so misleading. George Clooney barely makes a cameo in the movie and basically for 90 minutes we watch Sandra Bullock gasp for air and cry. I am completely flabbergasted by their 100 point reviews. I actually love George and Sandra but this was just painful. I went with a group and we actually wanted to walk out. Thank God it was a short movie, that is the only positive I can give it. This is my first review and I basically wanted to save people by giving another point of view. I wish I had waited to see fan reviews. A few people actually booed at the end, that pretty much sums it up.
Kessler Effect! by MedRed
WOW! What an intense movie! This movie really comes to life in 3D. Gravity is 110% worth seeing on an IMAX 3D screen!
Gravity has a tiny cast and an incredible story. The edge of your seat goodness that this movie brings is top notch. George Clooney is immensely likeable. Sandra Bullock gives a knock out performance.
This is the first space movie I've ever seen that adheres to the reality that there is no sound in space! Gravity juxtaposes pure silence with an incredible score and the realistic sound vibrations from direct contact with objects as heard inside the astronauts' helmets. Other than the proximity of certain man made objects, Gravity tries to maintain a high level of credibility.
While the situation is far fetched, the execution is amazing! Gravity totally lived up to the hype.
There's nothing during or after the credits.
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bad gravity... by rick482
I thought I saw everything before this morning...I was wrong! Gravity was the absolutely dullest/most boring/non romcommenest/humorless/non action/not even a glimpse of t and or a/I could elaborate but I'm getting bored writing about it! Not even a Hollywood ending! Good God - rotten tomatoe critics gave it a 90 something?! For some real humor and action go youtube Mars Paradisio, based on true lies!
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.
Save your money by caymanfish
This movie was a pile of nonsense from the time it began.. the dialogue was written by a five year old.... the plot... idiotic... and for anyone who loved the space program this was a piece of crap... lets start with the casting... I love both the actors.. totally mismatch for them in these roles.. good science fiction must make you believe... why are they using the space shuttle as the platform for the opening scenes... the program is dead.. been dead for two years... lets move on to the fact the writers obviously dont know spy satellite operate in much different orbits than the ISS or the shuttle....an astronaut as mentally unstable as Sondra Bullock's character would never be sent in to space.. right you are sending an unstable single mom who lost her daughter in to space..... and wow... look.. she can read English... Russian and Chinese.. and what the hell was that Chinese space station just floating around up there... garbage from start to finish.. sorry....
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!
Gravity by heartfelt578
This movie was a study in human emotions. Even though at some point you can anticipate the final outcome, it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout waiting for the next event. Sandra Bullock has perfect command of her character drawing you into an emotional roller coaster with her.
Gravity by dporreca
I really don't know why other people liked the movie, It was boring and with only two actors in the whole movie it really sucked. Anyway My husband and I left about 15 minutes before it even ended. Sorry but I guess it was just not our kind of movie. You will have to see if for yourself and make your own judgement call. We really did not like it. Sorry.
Meh by gtgarrison
Long interspersed with boring parts. Some downright silly. Keep your helmet on! Even though it ended with a "happy" ending, it was pretty much a downer.
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.