3D has an awful track record as of late, mostly because studios use it as a gimmick rather than invest the time and money into the technology from the first day of shooting. The bad examples of 3D outweigh the good so exponentially, it’s surprising it hasn’t died out. But finally a long overdue example of well-executed 3D that is both immersive and unsettling.
After the brilliant “Children of Men,” Alfonso Cuarón has followed up with another masterpiece. In his latest “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are astronauts who find themselves hopelessly lost in space. While conducting maintenance on a satellite, the crew and shuttle are subjected to a field of debris. Ryan (Bullock) and Matt (Clooney) appear to be the only survivors, but are without a ship or lifeboat for safety. Now with limited air and no communication with anyone else, the two must find a way to safely return home.
From the opening minutes, the grandeur and deceptive beauty of space envelopes the audience. But once things get started, the tension refuses to let up, filled with images and scenes from many nightmares. Cuarón and his cast are magnificent in creating a palpable human element to an effects-driven story. Bullock gives a performance far better than the one that won her an Oscar (“The Blind Side”). To count her out of the Best Actress race this year would be a mistake.
As a filmgoing experience, it is imperative that it be experienced in 3D. The added depth only intensifies the sets and elements of cinematography that would be partially lost in 2D. Not just a fantastic film, but also a thought-provoking study that will haunt you. With an attention to detail that makes the film extremely accurate and possible, it doubles as one of the most terrifying films I’ve ever seen. 5 out of 5 stars.
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