The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

‘Gravity’ Does for Space What ‘Jaws’ Did for Water

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in "Gravity" landing in theaters
on October 4, 2013. Photo: Warner Bros.


Warner Bros. latest release, Gravity, can be summit up in one word: Intense. There. End of review. Go see the film. The end.

Gravity is truly a one of kind film that is beautiful to look at, takes full advantage of today’s 3D technology and is spot on with the music and sound effects. Oh, and the acting is pretty good too.
There is already some talk that this film could be a contender for an Oscar nomination and with good reason. Gravity features Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney who both know a little something about acting. Clooney is cocky and charming, but Bullock will blow you away. Alfonso Cuarón, who also directed the Oscar® nominated “Children of Men,” will take your dream of becoming an astronaut and smash it. Cuarón pulls the audience into the story so that whatever these astronauts face, the viewer faces them as well.

The story of this big movie is pretty small. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission as a medical engineer working alongside veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney). Their crew is working on some repair work and all is calm…for about five minutes. Soon, there is space dust and debris attacking the shuttle and soon, Stone and Kowalski and tethered together floating around aimlessly in space. Their story has become your worst nightmare.

Gravity was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and together, the two created an incredible backstory for Bullock’s character. Dr. Ryan Stone is naturally afraid of dying in space, but it is revealed that she is also afraid of living on earth. Given pep talks from Kowalski, Ryan is determined to survive this never-ending series of disasters.

Bullock has an uncanny way of finding the humor in some of the strangest places in this film and uses them to great effect. The result is a realistic, honest look at how one might feel if they were in these circumstances. At times, you will want to apologize for acting inappropriately. Without giving anything away, the film has a triumphant ending with a double meaning.

Gravity is being released in 3D and 2D and IMAX®, and if you can spring for the extra charge, you should totally do so.


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