Movie Review: Gravity

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Rating: 41/2/5
Finally, here is a movie that takes the sic-fi genre up a few notches to another level and beyond. Despite having a very basic storyline, Gravity will make you squirm and pant in your seats so much so that you might as well be in space along with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, who is fresh out of the labs and training sessions on her first mission to space as the Mission Specialist. Matt Kowalski, played by George Clooney, is a seasoned astronaut who is at the end of this game and commanding his final space expedition. However, things soon spiral out of control (note: I do not use the word ‘spiral’ here in a figurative sense, things LITERELLY spiral out of control), and what follows next is beyond anyone’s wildest imaginations ever. 

It is quite riveting to watch Sandra Bullock put away her rom-com mantle and seep into a deeper and much more significant role. It is a pity that we cannot fully admire George Clooney’s devastatingly handsome face as it is shrouded in the astronaut’s suit. However, there is nothing stopping us from using our imaginations, as of course, his face is etched there, never to be forgotten.

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With the most brilliantly captured space photography, Gravity takes you out of the movie theatre that you are seated in and scatters your senses across space in the most artistic manner possible. Agreed, most 3D movies have you reaching for your migraine medication, however, that is not the case here. The graphics are so very believable that more than once you will find yourself ducking in order to avoid the space-debris that come flying your way.

Gravity has all the markings of a thrilling space-movie, and having said that, there is only one aspect of the movie that I found a little convenient (or inconvenient if you may), and that is the fact that tragedy seemed to follow Sandra around in space. One moment everything is perfectly fine, but the minute Sandra is in the picture things start going downwards and how. This is why I have taking one star off of the rating scale, besides this, Gravity is as flawless as it gets, reinstilling your faith in modern movie-making.

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Chinese Government Bans Doctor Who to Curb ‘Imagination’

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Yes, this is no joke, the Chinese government has indeed banned the ever popular sic-fi show Doctor Who, as they fear that the show leads to people imagining a world that is free from oppression with multiple possibilities and never ending hope. The government fears that the show leads to people seeking an alternate reality which will ultimately lead to the government’s downfall.

The Chinese government is undoubtedly behaving like a passive-aggressive girlfriend who is afraid of the slightest threat that could put a chink in her armour of absolute ‘normality’. However, maybe their fears are quite justified, as Doctor Who does give your imagination a boost, leading to you wishing and dreaming of a world where there is someone like the Doctor who is kind and the ultimate saviour with a dash of child-like demeanour. 

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My only question(s) to the Chinese government is this: what is the matter if people choose to escape reality for a bit and seek respite in a show that has gripped the heart of millions all over the world? How does it matter how people choose to de-stress themselves? There is enough crap being heaped on people in the ‘real world’, so what harm does it do when they choose to lose themselves in an alternate reality for a mere 45 minutes?

Doctor Who stands for a million things that are right and good in this world, but the one thing that the show doesn’t stand for is being cowardly, and that is exactly the action that the Chinese government is resorting to. Are they really so insecure in their governance that they fear a mere TV show will cause a revolution that will sweep God’s green Earth from under their feet? They seem to have a very stringent policy against time travel, although I cannot fathom how something that is fiction can cause so much friction in their narrow little minds.

Reality is overrated, and those who say that escaping reality is quite unhealthy and juvenile are just sad little people who cannot grasp the whole concept of having a functioning imagination. If you cannot escape for a bit into a make-belief world where everything is right and fair, then you are living your life wrong. Life has become such that it is impossible to hold on to your sanity without having an escape route that takes you away from all your troubles even if it is for a little while, and as long as you are not doing drugs or abusing someone, what is the harm really?

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