Director Alfonso Cuaran’s Gravity is a 3D space carnival for the eyes that is both a simple story of survival, and also a complex allegory acted out by those involved.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), who is on her first space mission and veteran Mike Kowalski (George Clooney), are on board a shuttle that has been sent to repair the Hubble telescope. During the mission, Stone works to repair a panel on the telescope, while Kowalski spends his time floating and tumbling his way through zero gravity in an attempt to break the space-walk time record. When Houston Control notifies Kowalski that a Russian satellite has been destroyed and that a debris field is approaching, an ominous aura is evident. “I have a bad feeling about this mission,” Kowalski reports to Houston; and indeed he has reason to feel bad. A debris field rushing at 20,000 miles an hour crashes into the Hubble and the shuttle and they are both destroyed in a mind blowing series of 3D collisions that are literally right in your face. We now have your classic Robinson Crusoe-like survival epic, with space being the medium, rather than water.
The visuals in this movie can only be described as mesmerizing. You almost feel as if you are the one in the spacesuit looking down upon the magnificent blue-green serenity of Earth: The calm before the storm ─ before all hell breaks loose. In one scene, after the shuttle is destroyed, Stone remarks that “we are all going to die,” and a ghost-like Kowalski reminds her in so many words that it’s “just when and where we want to throw in the towel.”
This movie is basically a simple story of survival done in a two person acting role. Bullock carries most of the load, while Clooney seems to come and go at his pleasure. The special effects are outstanding, so you need to see it in 3D. If you’re cheap and you don’t want to spend the extra few bucks to watch it in 3D, I would suggest just staying home and watching it in video at a later date. Great movie.
My Rating 5 of 5 Ship Wrecks..