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The movie, that is. But this isn’t going to be a full-fledged review. There are so many good ones out there. Suffice it to say that this four-star movie by Alfonso Cuarón, who directed and co-wrote the script with his son Jonás, is brilliantly supported by this month’s selection for MHM.
She is the star of the best survival movie since Apollo 13, aided by special effects that are an order of magnitude above anything prior, mainly for their nearly flawless representation of microgravity. And yes, it takes place 372 miles above the celestial beauty called Earth, the vision of which is—according to Matt Kowalski, played by co-star George Clooney—beyond argument: “You can’t beat the view.”
But Gravity isn’t just about surviving catastrophe in the black vacuum of space; it also displays in subtle form that deepest inner knowing that we all share a seemingly magical connection, not just with each other but with eternal consciousness. When our MHM, Dr. Ryan Stone, reaches the International Space Station, the first step in her improbable plan for survival, having used her last breath of oxygen, she struggles to remove her space suit, as if she were discarding her frail and useless human form. Finished at last, she gasps a reviving inhalation. Now utterly exhausted, she assumes the fetal position and floats in a lazy, calming circle, as if preparing for a rebirth that will launch her on a continuation of her journey.
And so we salute you, Dr. Ryan Stone, better known as Sandra Bullock. Job well done.
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