Intense, emotionally gripping, visually stunning, and backed by an excellent dramatic performance by Sandra Bullock, Gravity is a memorable 3D movie experience worth paying for.
Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone.
Gravity is one part lesson in physics and one part tale of survival.
The plot is straightforward, but engaging. The director raises the stakes early on, and maintains the suspense and tension all throughout.
The point of view switches to Sandra Bullock’s from time to time, which makes the experience immersive and physical. In 3D, you float and tumble along the film’s characters. While the experience is – pardon the pun – out of this world, you are still reminded that you can’t just take a casual air walk in space without consequences.
The weightless suspension looks poetic even when Dr. Stone is in danger. The background – high definition satellite shots of the earth in motion – is an absolutely stunning and encompassing constant reminder of home that keeps you grounded within the story.
There’s little characterization here, but Sandra Bullock is so relatable that every successful step she makes, albeit little, is a huge relief. The actress has been doing a lot of chick flicks and comedies lately, but this dramatic turn is an awesome performance.
Gravity is both terrifying and sublime – the extreme polarity between danger and spectacular visuals is both emotionally and physically riveting. There’s little plot and snippets of characterization. It doesn’t have the dramatic weight that Alfonso Cuaron is known for. But it comes with a great performance, direction, cinematography, and screenplay.
The outer space has always been romanticized in film. Whatever potential danger comes in the form of a fully weaponized spaceship, an extraterrestrial being or destructive force of a celestial object. Here we are reminded of the simple rules of the universe that is often forgotten in sci-fi films in favor of explosive and otherworldly CGI action. The seemingly infinite, vast, silent and uninhabitable space is dangerous by itself.
My Rating: 10/10