Scott at 2015-05-23 03:39:53:
jem, why don't we have a go at this next week when we take up The Imitation Game?
Broadly speaking, both Up and Gravity are resurrection stories - in my view. Both have suffered grievous losses in their lives. They are, at the beginning of the story, life-less individuals. So in some respects, the entire POINT of the plot - their physical journey - is to reconnect them to life and their desire to live.
If you go through and track the major plot points, you will see each character - Carl and Ryan - make an incremental shift, stage by stage, toward wanting to live. Carl does through his bonding with his new 'family,' Russell and Dug. Ryan does by being in the 'heavens' and having a chance to provide a proper goodbye to her deceased daughter and - importantly - ask a kind of forgiveness re her daughter's favorite red shoe.
In the end, both characters, in wildly different stories, have a similar arc: Going from a state of essentially alive, but dead, to revitalized and as I say resurrected.
Let's dig more into the Event-Reaction-Shift lens with The Imitation Game next week, okay?