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Alfonso Cuarón’s space drama is a work of undisputed technical virtuosity, a tense thriller that is fearless in presenting an emaciated plot.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first space mission aboard the shuttle Explorer. Together with wisecracking, country & western loving astronaut Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney), she is servicing the Hubble Space Telescope when the two are alerted about a shower of space debris fast approaching them. When it hits, the high-speed detritus jettisons both Stone and Kowalski into open space.
Gravity is technically amazing. No other space film that I’ve seen so far conveys the otherworldly wonderment and apprehension of being suspended in the inky blackness, among the stars and the planets, in the same way that Mr Cuarón’s picture does. The camera floats and hovers, moves in and out, in a weightless choreography. There are loud explosions, at times an ear-shattering sound score but also absolute silence. Somewhere among this wondrous experience is a wafer-thin story about one woman’s determination to let go of her past and start anew, an odyssey of rebirth.
Definitely deserves multiple viewings.
- Gravity (IMAX 3D) Review (niallmalcolmmovies.wordpress.com)
- Film Review: Gravity (2013) (charlieelgar.wordpress.com)
- Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock – film review (standard.co.uk)