GRAVITY opens with a stunning 17 minute continuous shot as astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) float in and out of frame doing work outside of a space shuttle. Director Alfonso CuarónI creates shots in space that you might see in an 3D IMAX documentary, but this is not a documentary. Sandra Bullock has the task of acting alone most of the film. We have seen one man survivor stories before, but now we see it in cinemas best achievement in years. GRAVITY is being compared to AVATAR for its technical achievement, but AVATAR was a fictional world that James Cameron created. GRAVITY is the real deal. It doesn’t dumb down space travel with over explanations, we can figure it out.
If it wasn’t for bad luck Ryan Stone wouldn’t have any luck at all. Like any survivor film she goes from perilous situation to the next, but none of it is contrived. Space survival seems real, as do the decisions the characters make. Every situation gives Bullock a different fear to deal with. Not just if she is going to die, but how she is going to die. Bullock pulls it off brilliantly and is sure to get a Best Actress nomination.
Richard Roeper writes:
Cuaron’s nimble shot selections, the cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, the score by Steven Price and the beautiful special effects provide an atmosphere that goes from dreamlike calm to shocking action time and again. You can’t help but be reminded of classics such as “Alien” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” (with the advantage of cutting-edge visual effects).
GRAVITY is a masterpiece that people will see over and over. It will stand the test of time and may even change how films are made. It should certainly be seen on the largest screen you can find. There are still a lot of films to come out before Oscar night, but whatever happens GRAVITY will be my favorite film of the year.
MY GRADE: A+
- Sandra Bullock On the Emotional Rollercoaster of Filming ‘Gravity’ (VIDEO) (variety.com)
- Gravity student review (pacificnwreviews.wordpress.com)
- ‘Gravity’ draws stellar reviews, awards buzz (rappler.com)
- Clooney’s Gravity Might Be a Masterpiece (newser.com)