In space, the terror doesn’t always have to be from intergalactic beings, unexplored realms but rather just surviving when help is out of reach.
After a spectacular view of the Earth from space shown during the opening moments of “Gravity,” the director Alfonso Cuarón endangers the crew with shattered space debris approaching them and jeopardizing their mission.
The sight of projectiles in 3D as the astronauts attempt to maneuver their way out of its free fall is just one of the many visual delights highlighting the film. The space debris is a hindrance with each collision generating more fragments that impedes upon their survival as it knocks down the communication with mission control heard through the voice of Ed Harris.
The audience feels the claustrophobia, heightened tension and stress as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and mission captain, Ryan Kowalski (George Clooney) as the weightlessness causes them to spin and tumble out of control making it much more difficult as they travel through space looking for survivors and shelter. To make matters worse, the film becomes a race against time with depleted oxygen level is terrifying as they try to survive in space with just the two of them relying on each other.
The film promotes the universe and its marvel from the rotating Earth, looking at the sun rising from the horizon and the feeling of insignificance and the distance between them when compared against the vastness of space with the blackness and the stars beyond their reach as they are spinning out of control.
Mr. Harris through his voice allows for the crew to feel comfort and support knowing that their every move and backs are being watched. But when contact is lost, Mr. Clooney must take upon the role in comforting the first-time astronaut Stone.
His character is aboard his last mission, and he wants to enjoy every moment of it while Dr. Stone embraces the silence that is space which is further explained in her back story as two strangers get to know each other while finding a way to re-establish contact and get back home.
Add Ms. Bullock’s Dr. Stone as another character that is infamous in the science fiction genre for promoting strong female leads. The audience feels her vulnerability as she goes through a traumatic experience that isn’t part of space exploration protocol. It’s only through Mr. Clooney’s reassurance and his years of experience will she be able to make it back home and tell one hell of a story.
Classification: In Theaters
Grade: 4 stars out of 5 stars.
The interest in space exploration and 3D is revitalized in this latest film that shows that terror doesn’t have to come from the unknowns of space but rather just the survival.
Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
Timing: 1 Hour, 31 Minutes
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller.