First off, if you're a fan of slow burn sci-fi that knows its roots and stays true to it, Gravity is amazing. If not, then you're in for a bit of disappointment.
For those that aren't in the loop, Gravity tells the story of Dr. Ryan Stone played by Sandra Bullock and Matt Kowalsky played by George Clooney. While on a routine mission in space, some debris comes in contact with their ship and sends them outward. Now, they must try to stay alive as they are knocked around in the barren landscape of space looking for anything to grab on to to try and get back home.
Here's the thing. Gravity is a an art film cleverly disguised as a big budget film. Though you think it may have a big story, it actually has small intimate one involving Sandra Bullock's character Dr. Stone. Without spoiling anything, most could definitely relate to her character and it's story has a message that has been told before, but it's a message worth hearing and repeating to ourselves.
Now I know, i know, BUT IT'S IN SPACE! BUT IT'S SPEKSHUL EFFEKCTS!!11! The truth is though, it's really a film for those who are patient and want to learn. And this is where the film shines on multiple viewings. You have layer after layer of questions that you can learn the answer to. This is pure art in it's highest form, sort of a meditation on humanity and it's beautiful.
The special effects are amazing and you too feel the weight of space on the characters via some really intense first person moments. But besides being beautiful to look at, you have to have the acting to go along with it and Clooney and Bullock are great and you definitely can feel every second as though it's the last. Bullock I feel deserve an oscar nod specifically for carrying this film and giving it some feminine power not seen since Sigourney Weaver in Aliens.
For all the praise i'm giving it though, there are some downfalls. For instance, the story does fall flat at parts. Especially with the motivation part regarding Bullock's character. The last half of the film is incredible, but you feel that it could have been even more so if the first half struck harder than it did. On top of this, the beginning of the second act drags a bit just to let you know you're in space. Alone. In space. Alone. In space. Alone. In space. It's like 'WE GET IT! MOVE ON!' then it goes on a bit longer for metaphors sake.
Regardless though, I would say if you're a fan of films like Solaris (1972) and 2001: A Space Odyssey, then watch Gravity, but if you're going in expecting some mindless popcorn flick, you might walk away disappointed.
(Remember reviews are only opinions and i'm just sharing my own as i'm sure you will)