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Funny how you’d still feel claustrophobic in such a vast open space – the outer space!


It had been a rather challenging week. Work – trying to prove my worth – and planning a family vacation with such a limited time and resources. Will blog about those two perhaps later. 

On Friday, I somehow managed to set some time aside to watch a movie with my friend. We wanted to watch something light and decided that we ought to watch Cloudy With A Chance of Meatball 2. But they only have the 3D version during that time, so we opted for Gravity. Sandra Bullock is one of my favourite actors, but the real reason we chose this was because of the showtime. I kind of watched the trailer the night before – not too sure whether I would enjoy such movie – but since Sandra and George are awesome actors, we decided to dive in.

See the title up there? It summarizes the whole experience. From the beginning of the reel, there’s a lot of drama and emotions simply translated into the dialogues between the characters and the cinematography. The trauma, fear, sadness, loneliness and lost-of-hope-almost and triumph gripped every muscle in my body. I kept on imagining what would I do if I were in such situation – to a certain extent I felt like I’m drowning in the darkness, the unknown open space. And I really have to take off my hat to the actors, director and production crew for making such a great movie with only two main characters and perhaps three or four supporting characters (if you count the two dead bodies in Explorer and the Houston-based voice as well).

This is a haunting story. It makes you think about it over and over and over again, even two days after you’ve left the cinema – happened to me lah hence this post. What would you do if you’re alone in the open space and the only way to survive is to be creative and improvise? When Sandra said she had never prayed in her life and she didn’t even know how to and wondered if it’s already too late, it gave a huge impact on me. It made me assess my relationship with my God and asked myself if I had ever tried enough in this life.

My favourite moment in this movie is when Sandra entered the Soyuz and curled up like a baby in its mother’s womb. The security of such place gave me a huge relief – earlier my chest felt congested, thanks to the suspense built by the awesome plot. 

Nah, watch the trailer and if it doesn’t entice you enough, let me tell you this..if you want to watch something different, with minimal characters and the ones that you can really feel and empathize with, this is a movie that you MUST watch. If you love Sandra Bullock and/or George Clooney, go and watch it today! I’d give it a 5 star!