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Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

Gravity is a film starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, two pretty big names for an hour and half jaunt through Near Space. Clooney plays the experienced astronaut Matt Kowalski, while Sandra Bullock plays newbie astronaut Ryan Stone. Together, they are the only survivors of a Space Shuttle disaster.

 

Let’s back up a bit: the film begins with Matt and Ryan (chuckle, chuckle) on mission working on the Hubble telescope which is docked in the shuttle in orbit. They shortly receive word that the Russians have shot down one of their own satellites. The reason is unclear, but it may have been a derelict spy satellite or something similar. At first, the debris path poses no threat and the mission can continue as planned. However, that soon changes. The debris begins colliding with and destroying other satellites starting a chain reaction of destruction in Space. And that is not a good thing. Minutes later, a field of debris slams into the shuttle, destroying it and all the crew except Matt and Ryan (chuckle, chuckle) and also severing all contact with Mission Control. What follows is an intense journey from one location in orbit to the next, as the two astronauts desperately look for a way back to Earth. First, after being sent spinning off into Space, they must return to the shuttle. Then, the International Space Station. And next, a Chinese Space Station. At each stop, they must overcome obstacles and challenges in their desperate bid to get home. Will they make it? Check out the film and see.

 

Strengths: well, the acting was strong; it had two seasoned professionals in Clooney and Bullock and virtually no one else to detract from it. It’s hard to maintain a story with such a small cast, but they managed it well. The special effects were excellent. I have to wonder how they manage the floating in space bit without actually going there. Is it just filmed in a big swimming pool? I don’t know. The story was fairly compelling, and even touching at points. Weaknesses: although my friends really liked this movie, for some reason I can’t endorse it wholeheartedly. It was lacking something, but I don’t know what. Although it was an original storyline; something I wouldn’t have expected to come from Hollywood these days. That said, I did enjoy how the characters shared my names (chuckle chuckle).

 

Anyway, I’ll give Gravity three and a half stars out of five.

Old Movie Review: The Heat (2013)

“The Heat” is the latest movie featuring Sandra Bullock. In it, she plays a somewhat arrogant, uptight FBI agent named Ashburn. She’s due for a promotion, but all the other agents don’t like her. She’s a smug know-it-all, and her captain knows it. So, instead of promoting her right away, he gives her a mission to prove her worth; he sends her to Boston to find a drug lord. There she partners up with Detective Mullins (played by Melissa McCarthy), a foul-mouthed, street-fighting, rough and tumble cop.

 

In the beginning, the two do not get along very well. Ashburn steals Mullins’ parking space, and then her case. But Mullins will have none of that. She tries to threaten her way back onto the case—which was originally hers—steals an FBI file, and generally goes about driving Ashburn nuts. Eventually, their superiors pair them together whether they like it or not and they go about looking for the drug lord, fighting all the way. Eventually, though, things smooth out and they become friends. The plot revolves around the ruthless drug lord, a mole in one of the various law enforcement departments, and the developing friendship between Ashburn and Mullins. There’s a few explosions, a few people being shot, and other typical cop-movie activities.

 

Strengths: the acting was good. The characterization was good. The storyline flowed together well; there were no obvious logical flaws that I saw; and there was plenty of humor. Weaknesses: I’m of mixed minds about the profanity. I just get tired of every other word being an f-bomb. That said, the profanity did serve to characterize Mullins quite well, so perhaps it was necessary. There was also a brief spat where Ashburn swore up a storm, which was kind of humorous. And, again, served the needs of the story. Still, it seemed to be overdone some. Also, the character Sandra Bullock played (Ashburn) was unfortunately similar to the character she played in Miss Congeniality years ago. I’m not sure if that’s a weakness or not. There was also a twist in the movie—not one that was too shocking—actually, it was more an evolution of the plot than an actual twist. You knew there was a mole, revealing who it was wasn’t really too shocking. Anyway, although there were no major flaws in the movie, it never gripped me.

 

Ultimately, I will give “The Heat” a rating of three and a half stars out of five.

Movie Review: The Heat

“The Heat” is the latest movie featuring Sandra Bullock. In it, she plays a somewhat arrogant, uptight FBI agent named Ashburn. She’s due for a promotion, but all the other agents don’t like her. She’s a smug know-it-all, and her captain knows it. So, instead of promoting her right away, he gives her a mission to prove her worth; he sends her to Boston to find a drug lord. There she partners up with Detective Mullins (played by Melissa McCarthy), a foul-mouthed, street-fighting, rough and tumble cop.

 

In the beginning, the two do not get along very well. Ashburn steals Mullins’ parking space, and then her case. But Mullins will have none of that. She tries to threaten her way back onto the case—which was originally hers—steals an FBI file, and generally goes about driving Ashburn nuts. Eventually, their superiors pair them together whether they like it or not and they go about looking for the drug lord, fighting all the way. Eventually, though, things smooth out and they become friends. The plot revolves around the ruthless drug lord, a mole in one of the various law enforcement departments, and the developing friendship between Ashburn and Mullins. There’s a few explosions, a few people being shot, and other typical cop-movie activities.

 

Strengths: the acting was good. The characterization was good. The storyline flowed together well; there were no obvious logical flaws that I saw; and there was plenty of humor. Weaknesses: I’m of mixed minds about the profanity. I just get tired of every other word being an f-bomb. That said, the profanity did serve to characterize Mullins quite well, so perhaps it was necessary. There was also a brief spat where Ashburn swore up a storm, which was kind of humorous. And, again, served the needs of the story. Still, it seemed to be overdone some. Also, the character Sandra Bullock played (Ashburn) was unfortunately similar to the character she played in Miss Congeniality years ago. I’m not sure if that’s a weakness or not. There was also a twist in the movie—not one that was too shocking—actually, it was more an evolution of the plot than an actual twist. You knew there was a mole, revealing who it was wasn’t really too shocking. Anyway, although there were no major flaws in the movie, it never gripped me.

 

Ultimately, I will give “The Heat” a rating of three and a half stars out of five.