Brandon Vogt

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.”


  • Peggy Bowes

    (Brandon, you might want to post a “Spoiler Alert” for the comment by acardnal.) I absolutely loved the film. As we left the theater, I told my family, “That movie was so Catholic!” I don’t want to give away any plot lines, but one character displays extraordinary courage and selflessness and is quite Christ-like. I also love Sandra Bullock’s line, “Who will mourn for me? Who will pray for my soul?” I think she gives an Oscar-worthy performance. If nothing else, she should win for the scene in which she slowly curls into a fetal position in zero-g. If you watch the film, look carefully for the icon of St. Christopher in the Russian module. Highly recommended!

  • acardnal

    I saw the movie today. I would give the cinematography and special effects an “A” grade; it was exceptional. But I thought the story line and dialogue were weak. I would give it a “B” grade. Clooney is out of the film early on and about 80 percent of the movie is Bullock talking out loud to herself in a predictable narrative monologue. I do not think Bullock’s character would ever pass the psychological testing that NASA requires of its astronauts. It was “okay” but I think it is being hyped up too much. The plot and dialogue are just not at a high level . . . rather mundane and “to be expected.” I suggest watching episode one, season one of “Breaking Bad” for great writing, acting, directing, cinematography, editing and high end production quality. In fact, watch all five seasons!!! It was terrific!

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