Did ‘Gravity’ Really End as It Seemed? An Alternate Theory (Spoilers)

Did 'Gravity' Really End as It Seemed? An Alternate Theory (Spoilers)

There's just enough wiggle room to allow for an ending that's more “Lost” than “Apollo 13”

(SPOILER ALERT: Don't read another word of this if you haven't seen “Gravity.” And if you have seen “Gravity,” know that this might throw your GPS into a spin.)

If the end of “Gravity” is to be taken at face value, our heroine — Sandra Bullock‘s chronically oxygen-deprived ride-along scientist Ryan Stone — has quite a story to tell.

But to whom will she be telling it? Her NASA handlers, the rabid press, a nation of adoring fans … or her daughter (and possibly the cast of “Lost”)?

In Alfonso Cuarón's dazzling 3D survival tale, a burst of third-act diversions leaves open the possibility — to this viewer, at least — that Ryan never actually made it to the beach of some remote paradise.

Not in her Earthbound form, anyway.

Also read: Can ‘Gravity’ Splashdown on Stage at the Oscars?

There's just enough ambiguity to suggest that Ryan perished somewhere along the way, most likely in the airlock of the Russian Soyuz capsule, moments after she shut down the oxygen supply to hasten what seemed at the time like her inevitable demise.

Or perhaps her final undoing comes when the astronaut who floats up to the airlock window (he's not recognizable at first, certainly not as Matt Kowalski) pops the hatch; Ryan is freaking out as he spins the crank, realizing that he's about to eject her into the void. A sleight-of-hand edit even suggests that's exactly what happens.

And here's where it gets squishy.

Also read: Why ‘Gravity’ Should Stay in Box-Office Orbit Through the Oscars

The events that take place afterward — Ryan's otherworldly encounter with Matt, her newfound resolve to carry on, her speech on the way down and that lucky-as-hell landing — play out like an absolution. If Ryan's soul has in fact detached and drifted early in the third act, it certainly spends the rest of the movie acting out the way things should have gone.

This isn't to suggest that Cuarón, who co-wrote the screenplay with son Jonas, meant to allow for this theory. Their version may be a simple tale of survival, roll credits, everybody claps and goes home agog. But there's just enough of a seam between the practical realities of the film's setup and its payoff for a doubt to wiggle through.

Metaphysical ambiguity is de rigueur for space movies, of course … compared with “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Solaris,” “Gravity” is downright grounded.

Also read: How ‘Gravity’ Revolutionized Visual Effects and Blasted Sandra Bullock Into Space

Even if Ryan truly survives all 91 minutes of the film, then the spiritual interlude isn't such a stretch — there's plenty of real-world precedent for mystical phenomenon in aerospace. From the spirit-guide visit Charles Lindbergh described during his transcontinental flight to John Glenn's “fireflies” swirling Friendship 7 to the outlandish tales told by certain moon astronauts, the idea that the friendly ghost of Matt Kowalski shows up to give Ryan a pep talk (and an escape plan) is plausible enough; the idea that she hallucinates it even more so.

But those events also fit if Ryan in fact simply passed out and died aboard the Soyuz, leaving the completion of her journey to the soul.

From her self-affirming soliloquy on the bumpy ride down, to the fact that she lands in water but near the beach (what are the odds of that?) to her near-impossible swim to the surface — even the very look of the verdant, paradisal beach where she washes ashore — nothing dissipates the possibility that she's landed not on Earth, but the next plane. She just had some personal spiritual/emotional business to wrap up in order to get there.

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If you're buying any of this, then “Gravity” concludes much like last year's 3D juggernaut, “Life of Pi” — in that you, dear viewer, get to choose whichever version of the story you prefer.

And if you're not, well … planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.

  • Dave in LA

    Really Wrap? Spoilers the day after opening weekend? What the he** are you thinking?

    • Spellcheck

      Exactly, Jesus Christ they're only trying to drive traffic.

      “2001: A Space Oddyssey”

      Really, really, you spell a famous Kubrick movie wrong. How freakin’ long does it take to google the right spelling.

      This is such a ragtag website.

    • Tyler

      It does say that there are spoilers to warn readers. Plus the movie came out three days ago and was greeted with a rather large viewer count.

    • Matt Langdon

      Spoiler is mentioned twice before the article starts. That should be enough to make one stop reading if they don't want to know what happens.

  • TSMZippy

    You know…like Brazil.

  • Natasha

    This just blew my mind up!

  • Victoria

    I don't think so. Bullock's character has a bloody wound on her cheek before she hallucinates. During the hallucination, it's gone. When she deciders to live, the wound is back.

    • mikesmith909

      Actually, the wound is there the whole time, even during the hallucination. Check again when it comes to DVD.

  • User1988

    I get so annoyed reading critical theory instead of historical film criticism. If the reentry is the “completion of her journey to the soul” wouldn't her daughter be on the beach?

    • distachio

      Yes. This is exactly what I was thinking.

    • Michelle Daily

      Stop the madness people. I think it's wonderful when a movie merits such conversations! It is very refreshing to discuss and think about a film after you leave the theater. Many times these movies just fly off our brains seconds after we leave the theater, never to be revisited again! Thank God for this one, so engaging and intense. Most importantly, it gave us something to think about. By the way, I believe the critical analysis of this film, that she actually died up there. I believe this because of the scene with George who by all accounts is already dead. After shutting off her air supply, she dies and gets help from him to move on to the next stage of life, (death) and imagines a good outcome for herself. Then after overcoming incredible odds (this is part of her spiritual transition as well) she finally arrives on a deserted beach, full of the peace and quiet she loved so well while in space. (This is her paradise)! Great film!!!!!!

      • ikayefilms

        I think he's in her mind as a means to not give up her return to earth. I think she survived. I'm an optimistic soul.

        • Donna Ketterer

          I agree, and there is the radio station playing American music, as well as NASA asking who is there!

      • Alex Fleming

        I agree with what you say and the theory that she passes when she she hallucinates and sees George. The ending reminded me of what gandalf says in lotr,

        “GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

        PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

        GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

        Basically what happens after leaving the chinese space station, breaks through the atmosphere, and then landing on the beach shores…

  • Anthony

    The “paradaisal [sic]” beach, if you had bothered to watch the credits, is actually in the midwestern US. Lake Powell, AZ, to be precise. And if it's indeed a fantasy, a “journey of the soul,” why would her soul invent a Midwest radio station out of nowhere just to blare at her through the Shenzou's radio during splashdown, interspersed with crackling transmissions from NASA's mission control that she completely fails to even notice?

    • gltoffic

      While neither pro or con of the concept myself, I believe the very detailed explanation she gives Clooney's character of driving around after work in Lake Zurich Il. listening to Midwest radio station music pretty well covers that. Her not hearing NASA control does not mean that they are not speaking, she is just not hearing it.
      Finally, having grown up in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah, Lake Powell (almost all of which is in Utah) is considered midwestern US about as often as Alaska.

      • Anthony

        Probably an error in the script, then, because the radio host very specifically says “Midwest.”

        • gltoffic

          hhmmmm…. I have no argument with the radio station being in the Midwest. In fact it would almost certainly have to be to make the ending more dramatic for either scenario. This because, as I said before, she alluded to driving around, alone, for hours and hours, night after night, listening to the radio in Lake Zurich Illinois. My comment was that Lake Powell, in Arizona and Utah, is NOT in the Midwest.

          • Anthony

            Well, it's always possible that the reference to the radio station was just to set the scene for the audience, since the physical location was never actually *named* in the film (it's only in the credits, after all.) So perhaps the movie only needs us to know that “she splashed down in the United States, and you can tell because of this random radio station.” So I concede the point that, in my rush to demonstrate to the author that the so-called “paradisiac” lake actually does exist, and it's in the US at that, I made a goof in my initial post by claiming that it was in the midwest.

          • tagalog

            I was in Zion National Park in southwestern Utah a couple of weeks ago, listening to a radio station broadcasting from Indiana on my car radio. Sandra Bullock's character listening to a Midwestern radio station while landing in the Intermountain West is hardly an impossibility.

    • erictan

      How do you know, precisely, where she landed? Proof, please. I didn't get that from the movie, and I bet Cuaron left it that way.

      • Anthony

        As I said above and below: the moment she splashes down in the lake, Mission Control's radio transmission is interrupted by interference from a local radio station, in English, and which identifies itself as Midwest-based. The actual filming was done in Lake Powell (as stated in the credits.) I've admitted below that the movie probably didn't INTEND it to be Lake Powell in-story (since gltoffic corrected me about Arizona not being considered Midwest) but since it's a lake that exists IRL and within the continental US, then that, combined with the radio, places her in a rather specific location in North America.

        Now, I typically prefer to ignore whatever the creators have to say after the fact because a movie should be judged only by what's in it, not by interviews only a few people will read. I also prefer to use the actual FACTS in the movie to derive personal interpretation. But since you're bringing up Cuarón's “intent,” I'll respond in kind:


        Third question, from the top. According to the director, she survived.

    • Eloham

      Just because a location is used does not mean it is specifically the location in the film, Edwards AFB has no Transformers…

      • Anthony

        True, but a place that looks like a paradise doesn't mean it's made up, either –by the film's context OR by an astronaut's mind. It's just proof that it can exist, and closer than we think, at that. Since the article's author hinged part of the “she's dead!” argument on the appearance of the place, it's an important point to make.

  • Christian Peterson

    Ugh. Post-modern criticism.

    • Ares

      Even worse, post-modern sarcasm.

  • John

    One of my favorite controversies with the film is George Clooney's character. I think he was just a dream to begin with, and he was never actually a real person. Think about it! Maybe he was just Sandra Bullock's conscience or something.

    • Thomas

      Highly improbably, he was an actual astronaut who sacrificed himself on his last journey so he could break another astronaut's spacewalk record. Plus, mission control and Sharif wouldn't have identified him if he was Stone's conscience.

      • Anna

        He didn't sacrifice himself to break a record. He sacrificed himself to save Ryan. A “sacrifice” is a selfless act.

  • dittothecat

    I was hoping that at the end two horses ridden by apes showed up.

    • ditch

      that would have been awesome

    • Craig Patchett

      Personally, when she pushed up off the sand, looked up, and smiled; I would have likes the camera to pan to a little girl standing on the beach in front of her with knotted hair and one red shoe, also smiling…cut to black

      • peter petrosino

        too obvious

      • Brando Cervera

        you just wrote the correct ending

        • William R. Cousert

          Directors cut!

      • Ritchie

        Honestly that ending would have made an average film into one of the best made in ages. Everyone would have endlessly debated what point in the film reality ended and the afterlife began.

        I'm actually quite annoyed it didn't end that way now!

      • jose pennisi

        Totally agree, that final and
        With a little mystical Ghost Matt Kowalski, returned with advice and assistance (perhaps alien), this film could have become a top ten classic science fiction of all time

  • tstoneami

    Well that would sure let a lot of the cheesy dialogue / perfect ending stuff I have been disliking about the movie… off the hook.

  • tstoneami

    Wait, maybe the reason Houston was off line was because they bought it during the first hit. The whole thing up to that point was an absolution..

    • erictan

      Communication satellites were hit by the debris, cutting communications off or at least damaging them. Not like the debris decimated Mission Control.

  • Ken

    Shut up. I hate people who espouse these “theories.” The same people who in high school a high school english class would try to come up with some kind of depp, elaborate, complex meaning to a simple poem to try and impress the teacher.
    Maybe NONE of the movie happened at all.
    People like you are the worst.

    • Missi Cowan

      And people like you who begin their tirade with a childish phrase (shut up), cannot spell (depp), and have sentences that make no sense (The same people in high school a high school english class), let alone don't capitalize the class (English) have no business posting your “view”. Your opinion is moot. When you get your head on correctly, and proofread, come on back and let us know. We cannot wait!

      • Elohim

        Missi you should know better then to start a sentence with and.

        • Missi Cowan

          Excellent! Well done!

          • Kieran

            Show some respect to what Missi did to Ken. That was hilarious!!!

        • English Major

          And you should know better than to NOT know that starting a sentence with “And” is perfectly acceptable in many stylebooks. It's all in how it's used.

        • guest

          There are many other grammatical errors in Missi Cowan's comment.

      • Dawn

        You're a fine one to talk, Missi. You can't really judge the grammar of others when yours is as atrocious.

  • Kristopher Akers

    It was what “pi” should have been. It was a metaphor of birth. Pi could have been a beautiful fable but they ruined it by breaking the wall and showing you the reality.

    • Jonny

      Life of Pi the movie had to deviate from the book; which was far deeper and far more disturbing if taken at literal face value. Movie had to remain a pure fantasy.

  • Daniel

    Well, it's been a couple weeks since Breaking Bad. Might as well assign the same dumb theory to something else.

  • Joe

    Did anyone else catch some of the imagery that relates to rebirth? I do not know if she physically died in space but she was reborn through the events. I believe this is really what this author has picked up on. When she arrives back at earth she behaves like a new born. The whole scene where she has to escape from the escape pod is like her being born. She even has to crawl before she walks afterwards. There is a scene when she first reaches the ISS and is in the air lock. This scene is basically is here in the whom as she curls into the fetal position and we see umbilical cords coming from her stomach (these are various cords from her space suit I believe) and when she finally makes it in the Chinese escape pod the first thing she see is a status of the Budai (a statue of one of the incarnations of Buddah) which signifies rebirth. So this theory is not far off as you could say one has to die before they can be reborn.

    • Kel

      dude she crawled before she walked only because the gravity changed from space to earth.

      • Michelle Daily

        That's true but consider the possible that the author uses this kind of ambiguity as a literary device. For example what Henry James does in The Turn of the Screw. He mixes fact with fiction or (the fantastic).

      • Justin

        It reminded me of evolution. She pulled herself out of the water on her stomach. Moved to crawling. Stood up awkwardly hunched over. The took a triumphant stance on two feet.

        Not sure how that fits with being reborn, but that's the imagery I saw at that point.

    • Michelle Daily

      Great analysis! You see this theme in literature all the time, also remembering that water is always a symbol of rebirth.

    • Leandro Coelho

      Another thing, she swimms to a clay shore. Sugests our origin: the clay…

    • Gravity

      That is an amazing analysis – but again both versions are possible as when astronauts experience gravity again after a long time in space it is often hard for them to walk immediately as the muscles for that were not in use during space-time and therefore weakened.

  • Pete Petro

    I have a theory that she nevEr was in space and she wasn't even an astronaut but in reality she is an actress playing a part in the movie about an astronaut LOST IN SPACE

    • dave

      I agree but I think she is a doctor in Illinois dealing with the death of her daughter. I think she is driving and listening to the radio like she says. This space story is the best way to convey how she feels/deals with anxiety attacks. The other characters are parts of personality such as clooney and the fun-loving astronaut who dances when he gets off work. They die and she is left with just her depression (bullock is the 100% despair and anxiety). Clooney is confidence, cockiness. He's also the part of her that finds life beautiful.
      In the end, this is a movie about a woman driving around, going to work and having panic attacks.

    • Henry Freidenberger

      That's too funny Pete. ..

  • GotToGo

    You're right–Planet of the Apes–then again, it reminded me of Contact, and On the Beach, The Right Stuff, etc.
    I think she passed through a space-time continuum and fell to a planet a billion light years away.
    Perhaps, she'll meet those guys from Earth Girls are Easy.
    I'm just trying to irritate that guy who was upset with conspiracy theorists, or whatever, below.

  • GotToGo

    I think that guy Ken is a peurile little wuss and he needs to have his bottom spanked.

    • Michelle Daily

      That's funny.

  • Thomas

    Well, you forget that the oxygen in the cabin of the Escape Pod doesn't go away until you breath it all up. Kowalski even said in the movie that Stone was safe when her O2 reached 0% as long as she “:sipped and not gulped” it. Irregardless, this theory is preposterous and should be left at what it is called, a theory.

  • tagalog

    The “beach” she lands on looks paradisical? It looked like it was located in pretty dry country to me. It bore a strong resemblance to the country around Lake Mead in Arizona. And as for landing in water, well, that can just as easily be chalked up to chance. I agree that her getting out of the capsule after it sinks, doffing her space suit and getting to the surface would be pretty chancy in real life, but certainly not impossible, especially given a landing in relatively shallow water.

    To me, the story seemed pretty straightforward, the incident with her delusion of Kowalski's entrance into the capsule to the contrary notwithstanding. And the Kowalski visit being delusional explains why she didn't get ejected from the capsule – it was all a delusion. Jeez.

    Please don't over-analyze a good story.

    • staytillendcredits

      Water landing credits location filmed at Lake Powell; Utah Arizona border

      • tagalog

        Yeah, I didn't remain for all the credits. The desert around Lake Powell has a little more plant life, but it's not dissimilar to the desert around Lake Mead.

        And of course, the view of the lake from space in the movie shows a lake that looks like neither Lake Powell nor Lake Mead.

  • Yoorong

    “her near-impossible swim to the surface” This swim only seems impossible because its back within terms we understand- everything that occurs in space is FAR more unlikely and FAR more “near-impossible.” We just lack a frame of reference to comepare them to… in fact there isn't one, its never happened. Its like saying Star Trek: Into Darkness is a spiritual metaphor because of how unlikely it is.

  • CortxVortx

    That would ruin an otherwise great movie, shoehorning in trite supernatural elements. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” it shouldn't be.

  • Kenton Forshee

    Whatever. It's just a movie.

  • stuartfaz

    If her daughter were on the beach at the end, my mind would have exploded.

    Great movie as it is.

    • Kieran

      Exploded in a good way?

  • Joe Bloggs

    Wow – that wouldn't have been a bad way mold it. They should have briefly shown a little girl playing in the sand at the end, that would have cemented this theory and left just enough room for speculation.

  • Jonny

    Yes, this is crap over-analysis of a failed film/theater major.

  • brenda boudinot

    I sure as hell will not be paying to see this anytime soon, I have had enough of ambiguous plots and endings over the last few years

    • MetaphysicalMan

      There was nothing ambiguous about this movie, except in the sense that anything that happens in a movie could actually be dream/imagination of the characters.

      • brenda boudinot

        I love Sandra Bullock, but I am more of an Action and Sci-Fi kind of movie lover. I'll give it more thought. Thanks for letting me know.

  • manny

    this article makes no sense. died but still completed the journey? ya okay

  • DL

    Some movies are deep. I don't think this was very deep. There was some interesting things like the fetal position and accepting death and changing your mind… not really deep though. People try too hard to fill in the gaps of a poorly executed movie.

  • Peter

    While some of these theories are captivating and mysterious. Cant we just take it for what it is? She made it back to earth. The End.

  • Jared

    I wondered with how much of a struggle it was for her to walk, how did she have the leg power to swim?

    • L.a. Green

      I'm not sure but I think they said floating in space is similar to how we are when in water. Crashing into the water probably didn't help get her earth legs back and then when she went to stand is when is you realized how long this woman's feet have not been grounded…literally

  • dvf

    Gravity left me saddled with the same ambiguity, but then also an ambiguity within that ambiguity – namely whether we're seeing an “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”-style wish-fulfillment fantasy of a dying mind, or whether we're witnessing some sort of literal and supernatural passage to an afterlife. But if the latter, there's a clever inversion – life ends literally in heaven and the passage to the afterworld then returns her soul to a stark corner of terra firma.

    Movies often try to split the difference on controversial points so as to maintain their appeal to otherwise opposing camps of viewers. Here I think that the writers throw a little red meat to both atheists and believers. Ryan Stone affirms her atheism, but then has a non-specific hint at a spiritual awakening, albeit of they no-atheists-in-foxholes type (which an atheist can still comfortably dismiss as irrational desparation). So, for the atheist viewer, the Owl Creek Bridge ending represents fear-driven spiritual desire, but *only desire,, while witnessing the (albeit inverted) migration of a soul would constitute the ultimate confirmation of a believer's worldview. It tempts me to call splitting this particular difference a matter of “bad faith.”

    I would not claim that the non-literal reading of the movie make the movie “deep.” It doesn't have to. It does give it a poetical point point, does make it more interesting. As others here have noted, there's a mini-tradition of such endings among films that would serve as obvious comparisons. I have no doubt that the writers carefully plotted to preserve the possibility of this interpretation.

    I find the nearly final angle shot that makes Ryan Stone into a virtual Colossus of Rhodes painfully pretentious on a literal reading, truly unwatchable. But as a dying mind's very final vain attempt at ego preservation, that same moment has a fantastic and bitter irony too it.

  • Davis

    What IS it with people now and dissecting the ending of CLEAR movies? It's like Inception totally mindbeeped the viewing audience so that they can never believe a single thing shown on the screen. So then, what's the point of seeing a movie when you can literally make up anything? This isn't Inception, it's not meant to mess with the mind, it's a straight story. To pretend it's anything that it's not is just being pedantic and crying for attention.

    • L.a. Green

      Davis I don't think people are acting pedantic, I think something as complex as humans being in space combined with a simple ending has people baffled because it was a simple ending. Movie buffs also look for clues in movies as well…like everyone knows when water is shown in a movie, it means change is about to occur or in this case, sense water was in the ending, water is symbolic for fresh and anew…personally, I think it was simple ending with a wink at human evolution. =)

      • Davis

        Yeah, I def did get the human evolution part, that was pretty clever

    • Alyss

      The ending was left open-ish, at least for me. “My first question was how the heck are they going to find her?!” And although I'm sure there is a way to find out exactly where, but without thinking to much I saw she was far from the debris of most of the pod and the to me it looked like she was in another country! (although this might not be true according to where the scene was shot)
      Also theory's like this have always been around. There are different alternate ending for just about everything, all with the own backup. All stories are ment to be analyzed in different ways, otherwise it wouldn't be interesting! (like life of pie) :>

  • Dan Simpson

    The re-birth thing is good. But the argument she dies, I don't buy – and the last line of your review ‘theres nothing I can do', is a tad patronising

  • Guest

    The ending described in the article is an exact description of 1997s “Contact” with Jodie Foster–a way better script btw, than Cuaron's Gravity.

  • L.a. Green

    Personally I think the ending was a wink at one of the many theories about mankind's evolution and where we come from…I could be wrong. lol http://deanmartin21.blogspot.com/

    • T. Vernay

      I saw this as well. It appeared to embrace the idea that life started in space, landed in earth's early waters then struggled its way to land. I guess I don't understand what that has to do with the original premise of the movie.

  • eya

    I had much the same line of thought as you did. interesting. when he opened the airlock wouldn't she have “imploded” due to lack of air pressure?

    • Anna

      That was a hallucination.

    • Guest

      Nope, you neither implode, explode nor shock-freeze in outer space and you can actually survive in a vacuum for more than a minute. As far as I know, that scene could have happened just like that in real life, apart from it being an illusion in the movie anyway.

      On another note, how sad is it that in an article specifically discussing the ending of a movie, people still feel it's necessary to put up a spoiler warning? You'd think anybody with the least bit of common sense could figure that out, but surely some idiot would still read it and then complain bitterly that you didn't warn them of spoilers.

  • horrifica

    A planet of the apes ending would have really made that film. can we talk about them legs though? Damn she is in amazing shape no?.

    • Henry Freidenberger

      I was actually hoping that a shark would come up and snatch her out of the water. … or that she would drown. When that failed to happen, as you all were on some Marijuana induced hippy-crazed deeper meaning bit, I was thinking, “Oh no is going to be this big crocodile that gets her! ” then that let me down too so I figured for sure, “there's going to be these crazy Muslim terrorist group that snatches her up. ..” what a Let down

  • Bert

    The one thing that stands out for me, is the moment after the ‘hallucination scene', where she is asking Kowalski to tell her daughter that she loves her.

    As we know that her daughter is dead, she is asking the favour from him as she has accepted that he has been lost and is now dead too, and will be seeing her daughter in the afterlife to pass on her message. This indicates that she did not die herself and had used the dream sequence (and Kowalski's words) as motivation to carry on and fight to survive and make it home.

  • TomC

    Near the start of the film when Ryan was first flung off the ship there's a scene of a close up on her face whilst she's spinning out of control, she stops breathing at one point and its only after this that all the unlikely events of the film occur, so personally i think she died and the story is about her spirit returning to where it belongs.

    • wtfgetalife


  • Ravi32

    It is simply a popular movie with a typical Hollywood ending.

    • Gustavo Henrique

      … snap out of it, dude!

  • Insatanabley44red

    I just watch movies at face value, i can't be doing with this deeper meaning palava, I'm not letting something so trivial twist my melon man i'd rather live in ignorance, it was a fine movie, she survived, The End.

  • Uu

    Man, this article barely makes any sense… :/

    • Davis

      That's because it sucks

  • NKerb

    I've come to the conclusion that the ending of gravity symbolized the idea of rebirth. The film constantly hints at themes of being reborn and letting go of the past. One could say the simple and unbelievable ending of her finally arriving on Earth is what correlates to the title. She finally finds gravity in a physical sense and all is well with the world. The first time I saw the movie I thought that was crap, so I gave it more thought. Honestly the ending to Gravity is fantastic when you consider this:

    She finally finds gravity in her life.

    Think about it. Her being in space can easily be a metaphor for how she lived on Earth ever since she lost her daughter. She went to work and got in her car to drive. All she ever did was drive aimlessly. Her life was in free fall and she wasn't grounded. She NEVER had gravity, the space merely intensified that terrifying reality. After she loses Matt (George Clooney) she is left alone on an odyssey that she must complete for herself, which I believe signals the rebirth phase. She enters the capsule chamber and goes to sleep in the fetal position. (The embryonic stage).
    When she passes through the atmosphere it could easily symbolize childbirth (she's encapsulated and the outer shell is experiencing intense and overwhelming damage). When she makes it to earth, she is overwhelmed by the gravity after being in space so long and struggles to make her first steps. Much like a child would in the early stages of life. I feel when you consider these themes, Gravity is a tremendously beautiful film, about rebirth and about realizing how easily fragile life truly is, and that we should never hesitate to live it to its absolute fullest.

    • Gustavo Henrique

      … I got this!

  • https://about.me/m.elkhoudary Mohammed R. El-Khoudary

    Why don't we think that this is all a hallucination! from the beginning of the movie when she was lost in space and she started losing conscious.

  • wtfgetalife

    You people are retarded.

  • Sue I

    She doesnt die, end of story

  • Tyler

    I thought the whole thing was a delusion she had while dying in a mental hospital. Would have made it so much better if the last 3 seconds were just her dead in a hospital bed with Clooney as her doctor.

  • Brady

    Did any of you see the short film after Gravity it shows the man Ryan was talking to with the dogs and baby. It actually happened and once he left to go shoot his dog cause he was sick you could see the spacecraft make entry into earth. so i believe that she made it.

  • jim

    Bottom line on the ending of Gravity. ..Sandras ass looked amazing as she laid on the beach…yummy