The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America




This film is a riveting tale of survival set in the terrifying wilderness of outer space. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first mission. After a deluge of debris hits the American spacecraft, she and a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) must get to a working shuttle to take them back to Earth. It’s a battle against time and depleting fuel and oxygen levels. Unprepared for the many life-and-death decisions she must make, Stone admits that she would pray if only someone had taught her how. 

There are many images in Gravity that remind us we are on a spiritual journey — from one of birth, through tribulation by fire, encounters with mysteries and rebirth in water. At the end of this film, superbly directed by Alfonso Cuaron, we recalled the words of German theologian Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice” (Warner Bros. PG-13 — intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images, brief strong language). DVD to be released Feb. 25.


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