A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (IMDB)
Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón,
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Run time/Rating: 91 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn
There is no doubt that the greatest achievements in Gravity are the visual effects and direction. It is the first movie I have seen touting its visual effects that I didn’t end up felling like I was watching footage from a video game. The way that director Alfonso Cuaron and cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki showed planet earth from outer space is remarkable and I dare say, makes you feel like you are an astronaut hovering out in space.
There is no doubt that the greatest achievements in Gravity are the acting and the story….wait, I already said that about the other things…The bottom line is that Gravity is a fantastic and complete movie. The story opens showing Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), an inexperienced astronaut on her first voyage to outer space to repair a satellite. She is accompanied by Matt Kowalski the suave and experienced captain of the mission who continually tries to make Ryan feel comfortable. This task becomes much more difficult after shrapnel from a destroyed satellite starts flying towards them at tremendous speeds and tearing their shuttle to pieces. The remainder of the movie is a survival mission in the black of outer space for the two lone survivors of the mission.
Sandra Bullock is more likeable in Gravity than another movie that I have seen her in – including Miss Congeniality 1 and 2 ؟. Clooney pretty much acts like himself. The Tina Fey joke from the Golden Globes saying Gravity proved that “George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age” really rings true after the performance that he gives of pretty much himself.
The only criticism I have heard of this movie is some of the physics and scientific facts and realities that are ignored in the making of this film. I would listen to and believe those arguments if I had a chance to hear them and learn about the science behind space and space travel but fortunately going into the movie I was blissfully ignorant on much of that information.
James Cameron called Gravity “The best space film ever made.” Who am I to disagree!