Sometimes, literature and movies illustrate Life’s lessons in the most poignant and touching ways.
In my view, the story of “Gravity” portrays how we should be positive and grateful regardless of the situation, and look towards getting the best outcome always.
About The Film
“Gravity” is an inspiring story about how a novice Astronaut overcame her deepest fears during a space disaster, through the guidance and encouragement of her Mission Commander. The movie captivated audiences worldwide and won 7 categories at the 86th Academy Awards, including best director, best cinematography and best score.
An accident occurred while Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), Mission Commander Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney) was out of Space Shuttle Explorer on a mission to repair the Hubble Telescope. The Russians decimated one of their own satellites and the satellite debris orbiting around Earth at high speed became sharpnel, shredding other satellites in the way.
At the first impact, crewmate Shariff died immediately, and Stone was flung out into space. The ever-positive and cool Kowalski retrieved Stone through the use of jetpack propulsion and tether, all the while re-assuring and guiding the despairing Stone .
On return to Explorer, Kowalski and Stone found that they were the only survivors. All their crewmates died horrifically, and the space shuttle was damaged beyond repair. Kowalski and Stone had to make their way towards the International Space Station a few hundred miles away to seek rescue, despite the depleting jetpack and low oxygen levels.
“Beautiful, don’t you think?” Kolwaski to Stone, to keep Stone from her panicky thoughts, while dragging her towards the ISS, a few hundred miles away.
“What?” replied the perplexed Stone.
“The sunrise. That’s what I’m going to miss the most.”
Warning: Visuals can be very graphic
At the midpoint of the film, due to a shortage of jet fuel, Kowalski and Stone faced difficulty entering the ISS. In an act of sacrifice, Kowalski cut off his tether to Stone despite her pleas for him not to, to avoid weighing her down, and to enable Stone to make it alone into the ISS.
As the movie unfolded, Stone grew out of her fear and despair through the constant encouragement of Kowalski. She slowly became grateful for what she has/had, and gathered her strength to keep focused on surviving. In her “monologue” during the attempt at re-entry into Earth, Stone triumphed over her own emotions: her panic was gone. Having done what was possible and grateful for what she had, she was ready to embrace the outcome, whichever way things play out.
“All right, the way I see it, there are only two possible outcomes: Either I make it down there in one piece and I have one hell of a story to tell, or I burn up in the next ten minutes. Ahh! (Capsule Shakes) Either way, whichever way… no harm, no foul! Because either way, it’ll be one hell of a ride! I’m ready.”
The story’s moral is on how the pessimism and panic distracts us from appreciation and opportunity, and how Positivity and Gratitude helps us overcome our fears. Suspenseful and touching, it is a big favorite amongst movie goers, and a recommended movie must see.
Media Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures