LOS ANGELES, October 29, 2013 — Ever wonder what it might be like for someone to become lost in space? Well, “Gravity” might be the film for you. “Gravity” Director Alfonso Cuaron and his production team have created an amazing film that makes the audience feel as if they themselves are floating in space from the beginning of this film.
Sandra Bullock (as Medical Engineer Dr. Ryan Stone) has the best performance of her career in what so far is the best film of 2013. Her chemistry with George Clooney (playing astronaut Matt Kowalski) is as gripping as any you’ve seen on the silver screen this past year.
“Gravity” is not a sci-fi film. Instead, it is a drama posing as an adventure film, and film-goers are the richer for it. During its running time, “Gravity” transports audiences to as close to the sub-reaches of space that they are likely ever going to get.
The film’s opening scenes with Bullock dutifully at work making repairs on the Hubble telescope, while Clooney playfully attempts to break the international space-walk record, make viewers feel as if they are in space right along with them. The absolute joy that Clooney’s character displays while out on a space walk reminds you of the magic that once was our manned U.S. space program.
Seeing the Space Shuttle in action again was enjoyable as well, especially regarding the astronauts’ interactions with “Mission Control.” Many audience members will likely get a kick trying to figure out just who is the voice of “Mission Control” in this film.
As Dr. Stone finishes her repair of the Hubble Telescope, a disaster unfolds which quickly changes the tone and storyline from an experience of wonder and joy to the grim task of survival against the hostile elements of space and the underside of our world’s growing multi-national presence there.
“Gravity” becomes a test pitting the never-ending battles of man (or woman) vs. nature (space) and man—or woman in this case—against herself. Bullock spends much of the film in isolation as she attempts to make her own way back home and deal with her conflicting emotions as she runs out of time to accomplish the task with her life on the line.
Bullock carries this entire film, and in ways that will surprise most people who have seen her work in the past. This isn’t “Miss Congeniality” for sure. Her character, Dr. Ryan Stone, must transform without prior warning from a solitary, quiet character accepting what comes to her in life into a woman who must make things happen at all costs, or else she’ll never get back home again. To increase the pressure on Stone (and the audience), time elements come into play as she has a limited amount of oxygen and power with which to make this journey home.
Technically, the graphic images in “Gravity” are mesmerizing and clearly mark an advance in the field of filmmaking. The movie’s sound effects and design are probably the best film-goers will have experienced since “The Dark Knight.”
The following trailer will give you a feel for this:
It is a safe bet that this film will garner more than a few Oscar nominations just for its technical achievements when January 2014 rolls around. “Gravity” is such a technological marvel that viewers won’t feel as if they are watching computer-generated images. Everything in the film looks and feels absolutely real.
Unlike Tom Hanks’ “Castaway,” one never loses the feeling of isolation here as the odds of survival for Ryan are much less favorable in that film. Plus, in “Gravity,” there is no Wilson The Volley Ball to console Ryan Stone in the lonely void of outer space.
“Gravity” is one of the most riveting, beautiful and yet basic films you’ll ever see. Make sure to put it on your “see-list” sooner, not later. Seeing “Gravity” in IMAX is highly recommended, but not necessary.
Rating: **** (4 Stars out of 4)
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