I know I’m a little late, but I’ve just decided to catch the last schedule of this movie in theater last night. I am not a fan of science movie, so that’s why I didn’t check this out as soon as I could, because ‘space movie’ was all I heard from my friends about it. It wasn’t until a few days earlier that I came across the trailer on Youtube and was instantly blown away by the tension of it.
The story is about how a female medical engineer (Dr. Ryan Stone), survived from a catastrophic space disaster during her first space mission. Leave aside the stunning visuals, this movie is the best survival story I’ve ever seen. I’m not a science person, I don’t know a lot about being an astronaut, but I can relate to the character so deeply on how she must be feeling under the circumstances. The unfamiliarity, the unknown, it’s everything you can feel being in a place you never been to. When the disaster struck, I could feel the fear in the character as if I was there with her. Everything was falling apart and she only had so little to depend on. Her coworkers were in the same troubles as she was in and there were nobody else there to help. The fear of being left alone in a world full of uncertainties must have been massively overwhelming. And the moment when she had to let go of Kowalski, her only friend and survivor of the disaster, was very emotional. I could relate the feeling of losing the only hope that she relied on.
The story also tells Stone’s past about her deceased daughter, and how the incident had filled her life with depression ever since. At one point, she had gotten too desperate to move on (which is totally understandable, I reckon I would have done the same >_<) but later, she rose up like a queen, drawing power from all the fear and depression she had felt at the moment and in the past. I felt so hot-blooded watching that scene. And I love the contrast when she cried upon giving up but later laughed and screamed like a victorious hero, when she knew she had done all she could to save herself. A truly spiritual moment. This is whole lot better than other stories that literally just tell you not to give up. Every moment of the movie is demonstrating the positive quality a human can have to overcome adversity.
Great movie in overall, it’s thrilling to watch, and the story is so real that it digs deep into your heart. I sincerely recommend it.
A 4-star movie.