Gravity stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone, who hails from our very own Lake Zurich, Illinois and after a mere six months of training in a NASA simulation lab, is on her first space mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney).
While Stone is tinkering with some computer circuitry which is ultimately supposed to help hospitals, their spaceship, the Explorer is pummeled by satellite debris. The other crew members are killed instantly and Kowalski and Stone quickly realize they have lost all communications with NASA command.
Running low on oxygen and time, Kowalski channels real-life Clooney by being sweet and charming, helping Stone regain focus and control from the overwhelming sense of panic and hopelessness that’s overcoming her. The film’s story follows their struggle to survive against all odds.
Although it’s a rare film indeed that is so perfectly created for 3D viewing, it’s easy to see from the beginning that Gravity is one of these. While showcasing Cuaron’s preferred style of camera work, it’s hard as a viewer to not feel as if you’re right there with Dr. Stone during her entire journey.
While aspects of logic and science were called in to question this past weekend via Twitter by renowned Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, it is my non-scientific perspective that moviegoers will quite enjoy Cuaron’s Gravity.
Sure, some elements of the story/setup are far fetched and initially the dialogue left something to be desired, but Gravity is visually stunning from start to finish, particularly with the Earth playing such a significant and beautiful character in the story. Cuaron takes you on an adrenaline packed journey, where you’re both motivated and terrified, and much like the lead character, you’ll struggle to hold on and let go at the same time. Composer Steven Price also did a fabulous job with the film’s music, and will likely be getting a knock from our dear friend Oscar early next year.
Alfonso Cuaron embodies the Hollywood quadruple threat with Gravity as he produced, directed, and edited the film. As well, he co-wrote the script with his eldest son Jonas. According to his IMDB.com bio, he always wanted to be an astronaut and a director. He is quoted as saying, “There’s something metaphysical about going to space and separating yourself from the Earth.”
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