Having seen this trailer weeks ago, I had looked forward to seeing it very much, and I was not disappointed.
I expected a thriller with the suspense of whether the astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney could survive. But it went way beyond that. It addressed questions like...
- How does our life experience affect us when we encounter a crisis?
- What would I think about if I believed this was the day I was going to die?
- What is it that makes us want to keep fighting when everything is against us?
- Do you and I have something like that in our lives?
All these questions addressed against the backdrop of lonely souls high above the earth. Throughout the movie, you could see the earth below, a mass of water, land, and clouds. And it made me think about the billions of stories going on below, all obscure and of little importance to our characters.
While those stories are unknown and in the background, the desire to be part of the earth's big story is at the heart of all of us. Gravity, drawing us back to earth.
Not a bad night at the cinema. Now...on to Lexington for some football.