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Friday, October 18, 2013

Movie Gravity, David Bowie and God...

In one of my all-time favorite songs (which is not saying much according to my 12-year-old daughter, who says every other "old" song is one of my favorites!), David Bowie’s Space Oddity, an astronaut named Major Tom is blasted into space on a wing and a prayer, sort of speak, with only some protein pills, a helmet and a “May God’s love be with you” farewell and soon finds himself “floating in a most peculiar way,” telling ground control to tell his wife he loves her and drifting into the abyss, as he realizes his precarious circumstances and admits, “And there’s nothing I can do.”

While the 1969 classic song can also be interpreted as a junkie disconnecting from the world on a drug induced coma (but let’s not go there!), the lyrics could have well inspired co-writer, producer and director Alfonso Cuaron, in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

The film, which has already surpassed $132 million at the box office after just two weeks in U.S. theatres, is about a veteran astronaut (Clooney) and a scientist turned novice astronaut (Bullock), who go on a space mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and get hit by debris from a Russian missile strike. The mishap prompts a chain reaction that leads to chaos, an aborted mission and the drift into the abyss, ala Major Tom.

But, beyond all the amazing Hollywood special effects, nationally known theologian and evangelist, Fr. Robert Barron, of Catholicism fame, says there is much more.

In his latest video commentary, Barron says there is an underline message of love, hope and faith amidst despair.  In other words, whether intentionally or not, the movie points to the existence and need of a transcendent God...



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