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 applicable
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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Save yourself by bdrg74
I thought the movie was way overrated
not sure why it is nominated for an Oscar?
I like both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but found their characters shallow and irritating- particularly Sandra?s character. Visually the movie was amazing, even though SciFi is not my thing, but otherwise I thought theplot, script and character development need a lot of improvement.
Great Movie by cgnlb39
Sandra Bullock pulls off a great performance with some great photography. Short, and to the point. Even George Clooney manages to bring some heart to his small role
Boring Garbage !!! by THE TUNNEL DVD
No real plot or character development kept me from caring what happened to any of the characters in this overrated piece of crap.
Don't get your hopes up by starrygirl2003
One word. BORING! The movie has a lot of plot holes and inaccuracies in terms of space activity. It's more suited for people who like astronauts and space movies. I loved George Clooney's character and I was disappointed in the way he was left to die. Though I like Sandra Bullock, I didn't care for her character. She was very uninteresting and I concluded that I didn't care if she lived or died at the end of the movie.
It does get points for some nice special effects, but other then that and George Clooney's performance this movie was VERY lacklustre. Definitely not worth all the nominations for Academy Awards or the hype it gets. Don't waste your breath on this!
Gravity by jaythor
Great special effects. Good acting by Sandra Bullock. BUT the character development is really thin, and the plot is entirely predictable. How did we know Bullock would get back to Earth safely???? Felt short-changed by the plot thinness. Why didn't someone on the pre-Oscar chit-chat TV shows warn us of the near-vacuum of plot in outer space??? But if you must see it, see it on a big screen. We're sorry it wasn't still showing in IMAX in our region. Wonderful cinematography and a lot of "How did they do that?" effects. But my respect for the "critics" has been undermined.
See this on the big screen in 3D. by ekvegas
This movie feels more like a tableaux vivants than a classic story. Don't get me wrong it has dialog, monolog, and action but it is a SPACE movie that will not work on the small screen.
did I miss something?? by vanessa3323
the whole thing seemed so fake and the same thing over and over??? I wish I hadn't wasted the money and the time.
Rather blah by kay87120
My husband loves space movies and he liked this one way more than I did. I found the story very shallow and lacking anything I could really get into. Visually, it's amazing and that sort of keeps your attention but the dialogue is just not that great.
I can't understand what it's nominated for so many Oscars. But go see it if you love space movies. I guess it's worth seeing just for the effects. Just don't expect too much!
Must See on Big Screen by patbuclover
An edge of your seat excitement! Sandra Bullock amazing job showing great range! Particularly liked floating tears in space.
Lack of Gravity by zeoj
Mostly pretty but boring. Maybe if it had been Chris Pine floating around in his underwear, it would have kept more of my interest. I know movieland has a very different take on "truth," but this could have been an opportunity to show how things really work in space. If "The Simpsons" can work in a teaching moment on the conservation of angular momentum, why not a movie about space? And, I'm not the kind of viewer for whom special effects can carry the movie. And, there's not much to talk about afterward.