The Spiritual Weight of ‘Gravity’


The new film “Gravity”, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, just released but is already gaining lots of buzz. It features a young medical engineer (Bullock) on her first shuttle mission, alongside a veteran astronaut (Clooney) making his last flight before retirement. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving the two completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

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Film reviewers Stephen Greydanus and Barbara Nicolosi have both raved about it, with the latter saying:

“Visually gorgeous, packed with thrills and heart, “Gravity” is a thoroughly stunning achievement and ought to win Best Picture for the decade as far as I am concerned. If it doesn’t win for Sound Mixing and Editing, I will personally picket the Academy.”

After you see the film, check out Fr. Robert Barron’s video commentary which unlocks the movie’s key spiritual theme (spoiler alert):

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“It occurred to me that Sandra Bullock’s and George Clooney’s character would have come to age around my own time. And my generation was a lost generation that lost a lot of their moorings to the spiritual. We ran with technology. Technology became a source of entertainment, joy, transcendence, and connection, but all that is just ephemeral, a facade.
[Bullock’s character] learns by the end of the movie to pray—simply by saying “Thank you”—and I think that’s the key to the movie….Real transcendence is found when, in our humility, we can say “Thank you” to the transcendent source of life and being.”