Outer space mind blower
For die hard movie fans and critics alike—the folks who see movies every weekend—every once in a while we are lucky to witness a film so transformative and unique that it reminds us of why we love the big screen experience in the first place.
“Gravity” is that type of film, revolutionary in style and scope and one of the most audience-immersive films ever made. Truly, calling it a “theatrical experience” rather than a merely a film doesn’t feel like hyperbole. “Gravity” has the power to transport the viewer to outer-space in a way that is as spellbinding as it is vertigo-inducing – so much so that those prone to motion sickness might want to skip it.
For everyone else, sit back and watch filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), who wrote the minimal script with his son Jonas, amaze and dazzle you with a tale about astronauts floating, bouncing, and tumbling 600 kilometers above Earth’s surface.
The opening tracking shot alone is worth the price of admission. Over 10 minutes long, the camera pans as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), an accomplished medical engineer on her first spacewalk, and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) gliding nearby using his untethered space pack, work together on a space shuttle. Right away there’s trouble as a spy satellite crash causes a chain reaction of debris to hurtle toward the crew and knocks out all earthbound communications.
From one crisis to the other, Stone and Kowalski rely on each other for survival.
Clooney is superb as the glib, wise-cracking old-hand trying to comfort Stone, whose hyperventilation and facial intensity makes for fist-clenching tension for the balance of the film’s pulse-racing ninety minutes. Among the film’s many superlatives, Clooney and Bullock perfectly compliment each other, effectively balancing the scientific credibility and aching humanity of their characters.
But the real stars of “Gravity” are the hundreds of technical people responsible for the film’s game-changing technology – thrusting the audience into space with a realism never before achieved in a feature length film. The story is simple, the dialogue minimal, yet rather than being a film of technical grandstanding it is quite the opposite, an experience that feels breathtakingly personal despite its enormous grandeur.
In short, it is a film about outer space that is quite literally outta-site. Rocket yourself immediately to see “Gravity” in any format you can 2D, 3D or 3D IMAX.
Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences some disturbing images and brief strong language.