MOVIE REVIEW: Gravity

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Gravity is the new outer space thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  The film was co-written, co-produced, co-edited, and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.  Cuarón’s other directing work includes A Little Princess, Y Tu Mamá TambiénHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Children of Men.  He has been nominated for three Oscars, but has yet to come up with a victory.  Gravity had been in development for several years at Universal and was then acquired by Warner Bros. in 2010 and originally had Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. attached to star.  Both actors had to eventually drop out and then many others were rumored for the lead actress role which eventually was offered and accepted by Sandra Bullock and then Clooney replaced Downey Jr.   The movie also gets some voice work from Ed Harris as Mission Control.  Gravity served as the opening film for this years Venice Film Festival back in August and received an overwhelming response.  The film is being released in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), a medical engineer, is on her first shuttle mission to outer space under the command of veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney).  During a routine spacewalk of the shuttle Explorer, word to abort the mission from Mission Control is communicated with a sense of urgency.  A rocket has hit a nearby satellite and the debris is flying towards the shuttle at rapid speeds.  The debris destroys much of the Explorer and has caused a chain reaction knocking out a number of other satellites.  This leaves Dr. Stone and Kowalski floating in outer space without any communication to Mission Control in Houston.  The two of them must use the little resources available to make it to the nearest space station and find a way home.  The problem is that they’re running out of oxygen and of course the issue of gravity.  With time running out, will they make it home alive or will they be lost in space forever?

Gravity is nothing short of a masterpiece from Alfonso Cuarón.  The technicality of this film is mind-blowing.  Its hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that it wasn’t actually filmed in outer space.  I think we’re all witnessing the future of filmmaking here.  Cuarón is a true auteur and pushing the boundaries of filmmaking.  This is an intense groundbreaking film that should be seen by all.  The long tracking shot at the start of the movie is worth the price of admission alone.  The story is fairly simple but that doesn’t take away from the overall enjoyment.  Aside from the brilliance of the movie-making itself, the on-screen performances were top notch as well.  Clooney is his ever-charming self and as good as always, but this is Sandra Bullock’s movie and she knocks it out of the park.  I think she’s a definite lock for another Oscar nomination and in my opinion Cate Blanchett is the only one standing in her way from winning.  This movie solidifies Bullock as an elite class dramatic actress and should go down as one of her best.  Speaking of Oscar, Gravity should also be a lock for a best picture nod and winner of multiple technical awards.  I know the cost of a 3D ticket is a few dollars more, but in the case of Gravity, its well worth it.  I would highly recommend for everyone to see this movie in 3D, or even better, IMAX 3D, if an option.  This is a movie that deserves to be seen on as big a screen as possible.  I sat in my seat in awe of the brilliance that went into making this movie and realized that movies like Gravity don’t come around all that often.  Make sure you don’t miss out.

Grade: A

Gravity open in theaters on Friday, October 4.