To keep things fresh, I’m leaping to the back of DK Canada’s The Movie Book just so I can shake things up a a bit. Consequently I get to jump into Alfonso Cuaron’s highly enjoyable sci-fi thriller Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Curaon who directed such fantastic films as Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban, and the brilliant Children of Men pulls out all the stops in this sci-fi thriller extravaganza.
Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, Clooney is Matt Kowalski. The pair find themselves stranded in orbit after a routine spacewalk goes sideways, and their shuttle is destroyed. They must find a way to not only survive but get home, and Cuaron makes sure the entire thing is a white knuckle ride.
Even with tons of visual effects, Cuaron continues with his signature continuous shots, which makes not only for a stunning watch but also a technical masterpiece. The film itself is a brilliant combination of human drama and a terrifying visual experience.
Travelling over the planet they aim for the International Space Station to utilize their escape pod, to return to Earth, but with diminishing air, and one catastrophe after another, pushes the characters to their limits.
In one film we are given the wonder, and the beauty that is modern space travel, as well as the horrible realization that it could all go hideously wrong in a moment.
Both Bullock and Clooney are very strong in their roles, and knowing the work that both of them put into training for their roles is impressive. Bullock worked hard throughout the production, training, and working with Cuaron to build a beautiful and exhilarating ride.
The visual effects in this film, are truly something to behold, and it truly feels as if the characters are there, and we’re right there with them, experiencing every moment, struggling to live, to survive, to try to get home to that big blue marble that dominates their view.
I love the fact that anything that doesn’t take place in an oxygen environment in the film is silent, just as it would be in reality. For me it just makes for a much more powerful, and visceral experience.
Rocketing along for ninety minutes, the film allows you small breathers, even as you worry over Ryan’s fate, and she ruminates upon it as well, before plunging you into another dazzling, nail-biting sequence, as she does all she can to get back home.
Tightly paced, masterfully shot, brilliant effects, and solid characterizations, make this a one of a kind experience and shows what modern cinema is capable of.
DK Book’s The Movie Book continues to entertain, and wow, with its title recommendations and this one is brilliant.
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