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Gravity (2013)


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Gravity (2013)

 

There are countless films and television shows that have taken place in outer space.  Often, many of these shows are very similar to each other and lots of them, not all of them, are cheap and awful.

Most science fiction shows take place in outer space at one point or another.  As a general rule, I am not a big fan of the science fiction genre.  There are certain aspects of science fiction that I love, but for the most part, I cringe when I first hear mention of a science fiction film.

What don’t I like about most science fiction movies?  There is usually one aspect of the film that is way too unrealistic.  The unrealism spreads like a cancer and attacks the credibility of the rest of the movie.  This causes me to lose interest because what I am seeing on screen is too bogus for me to attempt to believe my own eyes.  Things are hard to enjoy when they seem completely fake.

Over the years, special effects have been the root cause for me not liking science fiction movies.  At first special effects were so cheap that they would make everything look phony.  Eventually technology got better and better until finally, filmmakers could make almost anything that was super outrageous look unquestionably real.

So, what changed?  Movie makers felt that they had to outdo one another.  Special effects became so real that they made everything look like a counterfeit copy of reality.  If you know that a hundred dollar bill is a counterfeit, than it is no good.  But, if you can’t tell that the hundred dollar bill is a “fugazi”, than you might be able to pass it off as legitimate currency.

Occasionally a science fiction film will boast legitimate special effects and those are the ones that I seek out.  It’s best if I stay away from the rest of the “fugazi’s” because they only cause disappointment.

I was a little unsure of Gravity before going to see it because for a change, the trailer did not give away too much.  The trailer only showed legitimate special effects.

GRAVITY

Gravity is about two astronauts who must fight for their own survival after an unfortunate accident causes them to be stranded in outer space a long way from their ship.

The film was written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron and directed by Alfonso Cuaron.  The noteworthy cast includes Sandra Bullock George Clooney, and Ed Harris.

Gravity shrapnel

The trailer tells us that Bullock and Clooney are in for a wild ride on the gravity train.  What the trailer does not tell us is that the film is an insane trip.

The trailer only showed legitimate special effects, because there is no other kind of special effects in Gravity.  The film has the best special effects that I have ever seen in a movie.  It is the most realistic that outer space has ever looked on a screen.  Both of those facts are a big deal.  On top of that, the extreme intensity and suspense will blow your mind and the phenomenal performance by Bullock makes Gravity an extraordinary journey that doesn’t stop until the credits roll.

Gravity Bullock

Gravity is a must-see.  It’s a top notch science fiction movie (because of the outer space aspect) that has Oscar written all over it.  It should be nominated for an Academy Award in almost every category and it could win most of them.  It is easily one of the best movies of 2013.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Pain & Gain (2013)


Pain and Gain Poster

Pain & Gain (2013)

Michael Bay took a true story about bodybuilding thieves and kidnappers, and chewed it up and spit it out bigger and better than before.  The producer and director has a tendency to go big or go home.  Pain & Gain went huge with a super sized Mark Wahlberg, a bulkier Dwayne Johnson “The Rock”, and an extra beefed up Anthony Mackie.

Pain & Gain Trio

I should not have enjoyed this movie, but I did.  It is supposedly a true story, but you have to believe that with Michael Bay involved, the film could very well be far from the truth.  Everything about the movie was way over-the-top.

Pain & Gain Over the top

The movie was raunchy, vulgar, and went totally off the deep end.  It’s filled with drugs, cussing, nudity, and brutality.  I was caught off guard at how funny the movie was though.  I expected an action/adventure and I got an action/comedy.  The story is pretty twisted and it needed a lot of comedy to help you get through it, so kudos to the filmmakers for recognizing this fact.  The real story was probably not that funny.  The real story was probably not that entertaining either.

If you are not a fan of dark comedy, then you might not like this movie.  It is mostly filled with dark comedy and stupid comedy.  After all, all brawn and no brains is the underlined theme of this film.  The movie could also be considered very offensive.  If you are easily offended, you might not like the film.

Pain & Gain Wahlberg hit

The rest of the notable cast includes Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Michael Risponi, Larry Hankin, Tony Plana, and Peter Stormare.

The characters were far out, but very well-acted.  The casting was perfect.  I don’t think that you could find a funnier bunch of giants anywhere.  With that being said, if this movie had a different cast, it probably would have just been awful.  I am certain that the actual people that the characters are based on are not nearly as likable as the actors who play them in the movie.

Pain & Gain Wahlberg Pool

With how big Mark Wahlberg is now, if he could go back in time and fight his character in The Fighter (2010), he would beat the crap out of that guy.  He gained 40lbs. to make Pain & Gain and he looks gigantic.  Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” somehow became more enormous for his role.  It just goes to show the dedication that these guys had to make the movie.

Pain & Gain Johnson Crazy

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

If you liked Pain & Gain, then you will most likely enjoy:

2 Guns (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Ted (2013)