Sunday, October 6, 2013


Movie Name: Gravity
Year of Release: 2013
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 9

Following the well received "Children of Men", director Alfonso Cuaron, decided to tackle an original screenplay he devised with his son, Jonas Cuaron. The result is "Gravity" which follows the story of a team of astronauts, orbiting Earth, who are suddenly endangered when a series of debris, crashes into their ship. This debris ends up damaging their means of transportation, and leaves the two remaining survivors trying to find an alternate means of getting back to Earth. That is until the more experienced one ends up floating in space and the only one who has to try to make it back is Ryan Stone, a doctor without much experience, who has to make the best of her training to survive.
"Gravity" succeeds in being a succinct story told very economically, but directed with a technical know how and precision, that makes it unlike anything else ever committed to screen. Alfonso Cuaron succeeds in creating a sense of wonder and beauty that comes from watching the planet from orbit, but simultaneously the menace of finding oneself without a safety net, and completely lost in a dangerous vacuum. The film also benefits from a fantastic central performance from Sandra Bullock, who is simultaneously vulnerable, fearful, resourceful and dynamic - this is truly her best performance ever captured. The wondrous special effects and camera work from Emmanuel Lubezki are unparalleled. The sense of wonder and veracity that is captured by this film make it a veritable classic. Worth watching.