Sometimes a movie becomes something more than entertainment.
Deep concepts in the film ‘Gravity’ take us far beyond earthly expectations,
illuminating universal themes that exist in our own lives. Here are three ways this compelling space journey may
inspire you to live with more passion and urgency everyday. No spoilers here,
just general observations:
1. Deep Human Connections
After an initial emergency, a long tether cord keeps two characters from drifting apart. This life-preserving link symbolizes the importance of the human connections in our lives. The voices we hear and the hands we touch everyday are the very things that can return us to normality when we get lost.
2. Universal Beauty and Wonder
Despite high-orbit dangers within ‘Gravity,’ each character experiences moments of true astonishment at the beauty of our planet, seen from above. There is always beauty to be found in our lives, although sometimes hidden beneath other demands and distractions. We have to create time each day to be amazed at the miracle of our existence here on this earth.
3. Encouraging Trust and Belief
The characters’ struggle for survival mirrors our own struggle to feel significant in face of an overwhelmingly large universe. However there are many signs throughout the film, and in our own lives, that we may be part of a greater system that we cannot fully understand. In tense environments, a single moment of silence can help us return to a place of peace and remember to trust in the journey before us.
‘Gravity’ is not always peaceful movie. There is danger and tragedy, just like in other aspects of the human experience. Yet there is persistent hope for renewal and redemption, themes that never dissipate, no matter how dire the circumstances. The imagery and storytelling in ‘Gravity’ not only entertain, but also instill new appreciation of the days we have here, before us, and encourage us to live those days to the fullest.
*Image courtesy of warnerbrothers.com
About the writer: Mike McCormick is a subway-surfing writer from New York City with a passion for history, literature, and philosophy. When he isn't writing for the web, you can find him typing novels into his smart phone during rush hour.