Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney opens in theaters today, October 4th 2013. This new film is currently earning great ratings from movie sites all over! Rotten Tomatoes is already giving it 97% fresh ratings, IMDb has it at 8 stars and Metacritic is giving Gravity a score of 96 out of 100. Without further ado, here’s the reason why Gravity is a must-see film this year:
“Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s Gravity Soars!
If our exploration of space emerged from imagination, science and the spark of inspiration, the extraordinary “Gravity” uses those same tools to craft a movie that might correctly be called a thrill ride with a brain.
Director Alfonso Cuarón’s (“Children of Men”) propulsive adventure drama presents a cosmos that’s as relentless as any horror flick’s hockey-masked killer, a philosophical undercurrent as bright as a comet and the most essential 3-D since “Avatar.”
Miss this one at your peril.
Hundreds of miles above the Earth — the beautiful blue globe serves as both a backdrop and a beacon — Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a scientist on her first spacewalk, installs a scanning system on the Hubble telescope. Flying near her with a jetpack is her mission commander, Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). This is his final assignment, and he’s mellow as things seem to be routine.
Then, suddenly, they’re not. A violent debris storm from a destroyed satellite hits Stone and Kowalski, detaching them from their shuttle, killing other crew members and shutting down all contact with NASA. The astronauts hurtle through the emptiness, then try to propel themselves to the damaged International Space Station. They hope to use an ISS escape pod to return home. But nothing is that easy.
That’s where any plot talk has to stop, since part of the infinite pleasures of “Gravity” are the intense calamities that keep coming. The dialogue may be “movie-movie”-ish — reminiscent of a certain style — but Clooney charms us and Bullock enthralls us. They use a rocket-fueled pace (the jam-packed film is barely an hour and a half long) to establish Stone and Kowalski before breathtaking disaster strikes 10 minutes in.
That setup is part of a hypnotic, 17-minute uninterrupted take. Cuarón masterfully heightens, eases and ratchets up the tension again in waves, and he and his co-writer (and son), Jonás, make sure everything connects. Stone and Kowalski may be untethered, but their trajectory and goals are always clear. The stunning special effects are beyond compare.
There are plenty of poetic moments, including an astronaut floating fetal-like in a pod; teardrops that float solid in the air, and a haunting lullaby drifting in from Earth. After the first debris strike, we briefly can see Stone only by the lights on her helmet, as she blends in with the stars around her.
The movie’s spirit, however, is far from nebulous. We hear of a past sadness that still hurts, yet “Gravity” is a celebration of humankind’s ability to pull itself up from nothingness and fight the unnerving fragility of us all. Stone and Kowalski’s only hope for survival is an evolved intellect, and though this mind-blowing film gazes up in awe, its feet are firmly planted on the ground.”
The original review can be read at NY Daily News.
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