There are few things in life more terrifying than the thought of being lost in space, but one of them just might be getting lost in IKEA. Anyone who has ever been to the furniture superstore knows that all it takes is one wrong turn before you’re left wandering the aisles for hours, unsure of where you are, how you got there, or how to get out. But hey, at least you’ve picked up a futon and few bookshelves on the way, right?
YouTube user Daniel Hubbard took that terror and used it parody one of the biggest movies of the year, Gravity. Instead of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock getting detached from their space station after floating into an asteroid field, IKEA follows a young couple shopping for furniture for their apartment… before one of them wanders off and gets lost amongst the kitchen fixtures and bunk beds. Instead of a dwindling oxygen supply, Dan is tasked with finding Alex before the battery on her cell phone runs out, and they have to spend their whole Saturday wandering around the store looking for each other.
The video uses the music from the original Gravity trailer to help capture the wonder of first arriving, the panic of getting separated, and the importance of meatball breaks, while the two characters race around the store trying to find each other, but only succeeding in getting themselves even more lost. It even manages to nail the film’s more emotional moments with Alex collapsed on the ground in the warehouse, begging that if she doesn’t make it out of the store, Dan will still find every item on the list. Now those are some high stakes.
You can experience the terror for yourself by watching “Alfonso Cuaròn’s IKEA.”