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  •  I have one major gripe (2+ / 0-)
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    caul, suka

    First, I'll say what I liked:

    The acting (basically just two actors: Bullock and Clooney) is superb. The writing is good. The visual effects (in 3D) are stunning. Those components of the movie were better than average, maybe even great. I've heard that some of the science wasn't quite right, but I can usually forgive that if it's mostly accurate.

    Now, what I didn't like (and this is a personal gripe):

    I've never liked Jack London stories. Take away the spaceships and high-tech and it's basically a human-versus-nature story of the kind written by Jack London. Imagine a story where two people are on a dog sled in Alaska and all the dogs die and they have to walk and ski home before they freeze to death. Or, another example: it's like a Hemingway Old-Man-and-the-Sea kind of story where a guy is stuck on a boat, trying to get home before he starves to death. Except in this case, the characters don't want to run out of oxygen.

    And I hate those fucking stories, partly because as a reader (or a movie viewer), I know that there's only one possible outcome -- the human character will prevail over nature and eventually get back home. It would be too depressing if nature won and the main character starved to death or froze to death.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 05:50:10 PM PST

    •  On the other hand... (3+ / 0-)
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      Dbug, BachFan, suka

      No one wants to spend their $15 to see people fail in a challenge, and the main characters, other than Bullock, don't make it out alive. Life's a bitch, and no one gets out of here alive. We already no that, so to see someone struggle and make it is "inspirational."

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 09:13:42 PM PST

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    •  Netflix has a movie currently (2+ / 0-)
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      churchylafemme, p gorden lippy

      streaming that you might like then called The Grey.  The blurb:

      After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow. But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren't alone.
      stars Liam Neeson.
    •  Human versus nature? (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think that Gravity is a human versus nature story. I think that the story is much more about humanity in its complex relationship with technology. After all (SPOILERS ALERT!) the instigating action is that a satellite was destroyed by a missile, and the debris was then orbiting the Earth at high speed. Think about all the scenes of Sandra Bullock struggling to figure out the different controls on different platforms.

      And think of the ending: where does she find her rebirth? In a lake. In water. In a way, this was a movie about a human returning to nature rather than vanquishing it.

      "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

      by Lost Left Coaster on Sun Nov 10, 2013 at 11:21:59 AM PST

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