Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.
But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
I was highly looking forward to Gravity. The concept seemed great. I like Sandra Bullock. I love me some George Clooney. The trailers are amazing. Critics love it, it’s like 98% currently on Rotten Tomatoes. So this is a no brainer right?
Well actually no. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Let me clarify that, I loved the first half of the film. I’ll try to be as spoiler free as possible. If you’ve seen the trailers, Clooney and Bullock’s characters get trapped out in space alone because of debris destroying their shuttle. Once alone, the characters struggle to find a way back to Earth. So the first half of the film is them in space, the shuttle’s destruction, them trying to figure out their next move. It’s awesome. It’s just like the trailers. It’s suspenseful, puts you on the edge of your seat and keeps you watching. It looks amazing and is just visually stunning and mind blowing.
But then the second half kicks in and it just becomes 127 Hours in space. Now don’t get me wrong, I liked 127 Hours a lot, but the characters’ struggle and the “who will survive and get home” storyline just left me wanting more especially after the amazing first half. It lost all its momentum to me and I don’t know if I was given enough backstory to even care. You get one piece of relevant information about Bullock’s character (which I don’t want to spoil), but you know what? That piece of information almost works backwards to me. If that’s the reason you want me to root her on, well you didn’t do your job. I felt like everything great in the trailer that made me want to see the movie was all in the first half and then there was nothing for the second half. I will say that it only being roughly an hour and a half long is a major positive. If the film was 20 minutes longer I probably would have disliked it even more. You think a big space movie would be 2 hours, but keeping it short is a major plus.
Clearly I’m in the minority though. There’s talk of Gravity being nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and I can see that happening even though it’s not even in my top 10 of 2013 so far. Bullock is a lock for a Best Actress nominee though. She is great in the film even if I didn’t have enough to care about her by the end. Clooney could maybe get a Supporting Actor, but if he does it’s because of his name or because the film gets multiple nominations. He doesn’t deserve to win, another actor has the Best Supporting award locked up, but that film isn’t out yet so I can’t say who it is. I expect Cuaron to get a Director’s nod as well. The film is visually amazing, I just wish it didn’t lose steam.
Gravity is going to open big. It will do $40 million opening weekend. It screened multiple times here in Boston. The first screening saw it similar to me, liked it, didn’t love it. The second screening got nothing but rave reviews. Probably going to be one of those films that will divide audience goers.