It's not at all uncommon for someone to say that a certain video game plays out like a movie. However, it hasn't really been the case that one could argue many movies play out like a video game. But that's exactly what happens in the film 'Gravity.'
'Gravity,' directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock, has no direct tie to any video game whatsoever. Yet, upon seeing the movie, nothing sprung to mind more than recent action video games such as 'Uncharted,' 'Tomb Raider' and even 'Call of Duty.'
There are actually quite a few reasons for this comparison. First of all, in both the film and in most games, there is very little dialog, instead focusing on a single character.
More importantly, there is an emphasis on non-violent action that has become a staple of many recent action games, particularly platformers. In the case of 'Gravity,' instead of a collapsing temple as in 'Uncharted,' the set piece is a collapsing space station. And just like in 'Uncharted,' the main character always seems to manage to grab that last ledge or dangling rope at the very last possible second.
Even pushing the comparison further, the camera frequently focuses on close ups of the main character's face to show the emotions she's experiencing, since there is such little dialog. This is almost straight out of 'Uncharted' and 'Tomb Raider.'
The final aspect of the film that really makes the connection is the frequent use of first-person perspective during some of the action scenes. It is very reminiscent of some of the non-combat segments of 'Call of Duty,' such as in 'Modern Warfare 2' when the player is tasked with climbing up a massive, frozen cliff face. Even though there is no actual 'Gravity' game, during these first-person scenes, it was easy to imagine how that hypothetical game would play.
Technically, 'Gravity' has nothing to do with video games at all. But for moviegoers who are watching through game-tinted glasses, it is a treat to see a movie inspired by games, instead of the other way around for once.