LAWS OF GRAVITY is almost a docu-drama in its accurate portrayal of low-life types in Brooklyn, New York, who live by their petty thievery and manage to stay one step ahead of the police. Jimmy and Jon, two friends, have their friendship strained when police pick Jon up for beating his girlfriend. Jimmy sells another friend’s guns to get Jon out of jail, and the film ends when Jon and Frankie (the other friend) fight over the gun sale, and Frankie shoots and kills Jon. The final scene of LAWS OF GRAVITY plays out Newton’s law (“What goes up must come down”) as Jon lies covered with blood on the pavement, and Celia weeps over his body.
The hand-held camera technique, so effective in LAWS OF GRAVITY, gives the movie the look and feel of cinema verite. This technique–as the camera “bops,” dodges and probes after the constantly moving cast, enables the camera to show the relationship between the characters and their surroundings. Finally, this intimate relationship between each character and his environment begins to divulge the reasons for the pent-up anger, frustration and hopeless yearning in each of the characters. The movie’s actors, too, turn in outstanding performances to the point where they become the characters they are playing. However, in the final analysis, LAWS OF GRAVITY leaves the viewer, like the characters in the movie, feeling depressed and hopeless–and the extremely foul, obscene language contributes to this overall impression.
(LLL, VV, S, A/D, M) Very offensive, obscene language with over 150 obscenities & at least 25 profanities; much violence in wrangling, fighting between gang members, & using guns; killing; implied fornication & sexual immorality; numerous scenes of drinking; and, repeated episodes of stealing various items.