Gravity Review

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A joint review by Mark Pacis and Holly Amos

Our species’ fascination with space is not a new concept. As children, many of us dream of becoming an astronaut. As adults, many of us still dream of becoming an astronaut and reveling among the stars. Gravity could easily give people reason to abandon this dream. The exquisiteness of the heavens is no match for the horrifying yet thrilling story of survival that is Gravity.

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Gravity follows NASA medical engineer Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) as she is on her first mission in space. She is led by seasoned mission commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) as she works to initiate a scanning system just outside of Earth’s atmosphere. When they are accosted by debris from a demolished Russian spy satellite, the shuttle Explorer is destroyed and the rest of the crew are killed in action. With oxygen fading fast and no help in sight, Stone and Kowalski must survive the cold recesses of space and find a way home.

The film embeds itself in your psyche, playing into your worst fears and leaving you at the edge of your seat. There are no alien ships invading Earth; this isn’t science fiction, this is science FACT. That’s where a great deal of the tension comes from as Stone and Kowalski have to battle something just as difficult as an invading alien army – space itself. When Stone is fighting to grab hold of something, it’s very intense. There’s no gravity, and no one else to help you. If she can’t grab a hold of something, it’s game over. She’ll drift into space and will never be seen again.

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It’s a fear that grips you the entire time as you emotionally attach yourself to each character while they frantically try to find a way back to Earth. Their fears become your fears. Circumstances change so rapidly throughout the course of the film, you’ll find yourself becoming more and more grateful to be on Earth. This is due to a charismatic performance by George Clooney and a gripping performance by Sandra Bullock. Although the film is a two-character piece, this is clearly Bullock’s movie. If Bullock nabbed an Oscar for her role in The Blind Side, then she is an absolute shoe-in for best actress next year. Her performance as Ryan Stone was just flat-out better than her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

As for the 3D, 3D is unquestionably the way to go if you have any interest in seeing Gravity. 3D is definitely still a technology that is a work-in-progress and often disappoints, but the subject of this film paired with the stunning cinematography makes the extra few bucks for a 3D viewing worth it. The scenes of our home planet from the vantage point of space are breathtaking. The meticulous shots of the vastness of space are polarized with shots so up close and personal with the characters; you can actually feel their fear. Also, the amount of thought that went into the use of the 3D is just remarkable. Every possible detail within a frame was in 3D, which amplifies the audience’s immersion in the film.

The only negative found within the film is the unbelievable predicaments that the characters go through. It is practically an extreme case of Murphy’s law as everything you can possibly think can go wrong, does go wrong. A few of the situations will leave you baffled as to how they survived.

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Overall, the mesmerizing cinematography, unbelievable special effects, captivating performances, and just the right amount of comic relief makes Gravity not only the best film of director Alfonso Cuarón’s career, but one of the top contenders for best picture next year. It is truly a must-see experience.

Grade: A

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