"I hate space," mumbles Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuaron's latest sci-fi thriller Gravity. She is not alone in her statement, as the audience sits on the edge of their seats hoping and praying that she makes it back to Earth after debris wrecks her spaceship. How could they not, when the special effects are so breathtaking that they suck you into zero gravity along with her? Gravity will take your breath away with the beautiful graphics and how easily it is to connect to a character whose circumstances most of us will never experience.
The visual effects in this film are beyond stunning. Not only do you find yourself immersed in literally a universe that you will most likely never see with your own eyes, but the movie magic aspect is just as breathtaking. The entirety of the action Dr. Stone endures throughout the 90 minutes she is on screen is done with wires and a green screen, but you never stop and think about it while you are watching. It is completely captivating, similar to the experience of watching last year's phenomenally done Life of Pi.
Sandra Bullock's performance is outstanding and you really feel for her character as she goes through every setback on her journey. As her background unfolds, the viewer can see she is just an average person attempting to complete an assignment and hoping it will distract her from previous hardships. You do not have to be an astronaut to connect to that. Every single moment of watching the movie is spent aching for Stone and hoping the writers allow her character to make it out of her predicament alive.
There is only one downside to the film, and that is that it drags on a bit. The writing is bumpy and several times it feels like the movie is ending, only to keep going for what feels like hours. While it is worth it for the quality of the cinematography and special effects, having an hour and a half feel like three hours is frustrating at times.
Gravity is an absolutely beautiful film and one you should absolutely not miss. The 3D is worth it if you want to add a little extra wonder to an already magnificent view. The movie lags at times, but Bullock's acting and the direction more than make up for it.