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Gravity

(Blu-ray Disc - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gravity
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Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Bros. Entertainment,, [2014]
Branch Call Number: BLU Drama GRAVITY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in

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A chance accident sends Dr. Ryan Stone careening out into space. The deafening silence tells her she has lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the ter... Read More »


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Dec 20, 2014
  • SummerNightGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Space is beautiful, but this movie shows what it takes to be in space or the dangers of it. The no gravity zone, no carbon dioxide, and no oxygen to breathe. At first, the movie shows that before handling being in space, you have to learn the rules and that you have to wear a suit. However, this movie made me think about the future plans that NASA holds to put humans to live in...Mars...They should watch this movie.

Dec 18, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

At 90 minutes, I'd definitely say that Gravity (and all of its "been there/seen that" predictability) was about 30 minutes too long for its own good.

The following is a perfect example of a typical scene in Gravity..... A seemingly clueless Dr. Ryan Stone (played by a very butch-looking Sandra Bullock) finds herself, once again, floating around & around & around in zero gravity. Round & round & round she spins (where she stops, nobody knows). Gasping. Grunting. Groaning. Gasping. Grunting. Groaning. Spinning round & round & round. Saying "Houston, do you copy?" or "What do I do now?" over & over & over again.

This sort of scenario repeated itself so many times in the course of the story that I swear it took up a full 60 of Gravity's 90-minute running time. Like, talk about being annoying and absurd.

About the only thing of any interest that Gravity brought to my attention was to constantly demonstrate to me just how utterly deficient and, yes, imperfect man's so-called "perfect" technological advances of today really are.

Without question, Gravity is ideal movie-fodder, best played in fast-forward mode. This over-rated, outer space adventure story is a total nose-picker.

And, speaking about George Clooney (as the whiskey swigging, veteran astronaut, Matt Kowalski), this jerk totally grated on my nerves like you wouldn't believe with his tiresome "I remember when" stories and his dim-witted one-liners.

So, if you, like me, have a really bad feeling about this movie, just remember, your feelings are probably right.

Dec 15, 2014
  • chrisinycd rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Awful ! If not for the sound and visual/special effects this movie was a waste of time . I really hope that George Clooney and Sandra Bullock didn't get paid for their pathetic attempt at acting !

Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Never before has such a mediocre story been told with such visual bravura as in Alfonso Cuarón’s whirling vertiginous thriller concerning two NASA scientists stranded in outer space. After a shower of debris from an exploded satellite wipes out their shuttle and kills the rest of the crew, veteran astronaut George Clooney (hunky and charismatic as ever) and medical doctor “with six month’s training” Sandra Bullock (unexpectedly palatable) find themselves stranded thousands of miles above the home planet. With only their space suits for protection, and with oxygen supplies dwindling, the two embark upon a desperate, and highly improbable, gambit to stay alive until help can arrive. The first film that actually made me feel weightless, and slightly space-sick in IMAX 3D, Gravity’s spinning robotic camerawork constantly toys with our perspective----here we see a wheeling universe of endless stars through a fogged faceplate, now we’re caroming amongst a space station’s struts and girders, and now we see man and his inventions reduced to mere motes of light against a twilit Earth. And all the while a musical score of strained strings and subsonic bass hints at elements of horror and heroism. Unfortunately, although one expects a certain degree of artistic license in these types of movies Cuarón plays the credibility card a few too many times with plot devices that go from far-fetched to outright impossible culminating in a dazzling finale which nevertheless proves to be the final straw (even if you take it as the quasi-religious metaphor it is clearly meant to be). Furthermore, he tries to shore up an unexceptional script with some mystical nonsense involving ghostly hallucinations, crying babies, and Bullock displaying her nascent independence (or rebirth) by floating in a fetal position. Go for the visuals but don’t expect a deep conversation afterwards.

Dec 11, 2014
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

the last half hour held my interest. FF through most of the first hour.

Terrible...totally unrealistic!

Nov 26, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This BORING and NARCISSISTIC science fiction film explicitly promotes SUICIDE twice from one of the characters in it.That same character thinks they're better than the people still on the planet Earth.Not surprisingly,this film is grossly OVERRATED and OVER HYPED period,BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 24, 2014
  • volken rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Of course the science is faulty, but then it's Hollywood. Suspenseful, harrowing and beautiful all at the same time. Clooney always plays himself but Bullock is very good here.

Nov 21, 2014
  • eiknarf rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

1.5 stars for visuals, minus a star for the ridiculous hype, then further minus everything but that tiny sliver of my memory about how, truly, it looked pretty good, and still felt so not worth it. wish i could thumbs-up all the snarky and "what a waste of library funds" comments here cause this film...this film! aggggh! it's so bad! flee! flee! FLEE!!! super overrated, mediocre, annoying film. suckyyyyyyyyyy

Gravity is mildly entertaining - Clooney enters the Soyaz Escape Capusel in full rig space suit while Bullock is wearing Little more more than her birth suite. The reality of space physics would have sucked Bullock, extruded is better word, from the escape pod and left her body an elongate mass of interconnected organs and connective tissue. In he movie George simply enters the capsule in full space walk uniform and nothing happens Bullock should have immediately died that been extruded from the capsule as a fine elongate strip of protoplasm.Reality was never a strong point of Hollywood . 2001 A Space Oddoesy is a better choice for plausable outterspace thriller on a cold winters night.

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Jul 06, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard” - John F Kennedy

Jul 06, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

Apr 12, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At 600KM above planet Earth the temperature fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit. There is nothing to carry sound. No air pressure. No oxygen. Life in space is impossible.

Mar 05, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Matt, do you have visual on just what Mission Specialist Shariff is doing up there?" "He appears to be doing some form of the Macarena. That would be just a best guess scenario on my part."

Mar 05, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(on how to use a reentry module to get back to Earth) "You just point the damned thing at Earth. It's not rocket science."

Mar 05, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(after a satellite is destroyed) "Half of North America just lost their Facebook."

Mar 05, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I'm about to undock from Tiangong ... and I have a bad feeling about this mission."

Mar 05, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I hate space!"

Mar 05, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Matt, do you have visual on just what Mission Specialist Shariff is doing up there?" "He appears to be doing some form of the Macarena. That would be just a best guess scenario on my part."

Mar 05, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(on how to use a reentry module to get back to Earth) "You just point the damned thing at Earth. It's not rocket science."

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Apr 14, 2014
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Mar 31, 2014
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Mar 29, 2014
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