Running Time: 1 hour 31 minutes
The emptiness and vastness of space has never seemed more menacing than it does in Alfonso Cuaron's dramatic thriller Gravity. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Lt. Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are part of a small crew that has been dispatched by NASA to repair the Hubble space telescope and during what ought to be a routine mission, debris from a destroyed Russian satellite collides with their craft, irreparably damaging it, killing their crew and severing their line of communication with their support staff back on Earth. Alone and slowly running out of oxygen and fuel, Stone and Kowalski must travel hundreds of miles through space and make it to the International Space Station to have any chance at survival.
This movie has some of the most breathtaking shots of space that I have ever seen and the combination of those views and the way they managed to simulate weightlessness makes it an immersive viewing experience. When you see Sandra Bullock tumbling away into the blackness and then the perspective changes so that you are watching it through her visor, you feel her terror and helplessness down to your bones. The story is simple: either they survive this disaster or they don't, but it is told artfully and acted with an emotional intelligence that reminds you of why Clooney and Bullock can be trusted with such a challenge as actors. I was glad I made the effort to see Gravity in 3-D and I would recommend seeing it in the theatre if you can because it will lose a lot of its impact in the transition from the big screen to the tv screen. This is the most ambitious film that Cuaron has ever made and it is a resounding success and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Gravity makes a lot of noise during awards season. A