Schmucks, I meant Gravity is out of this world in both a literal and figurative sense.
If Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón fails to win the Oscar in February for this electrifying film, there will be a river of blood in Los Angeles!
Written with great élan by Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonás Cuarón, Gravity is proof that in the right hands movies can still create magical moments when the lights dim.
A mesmerizing story, relentless action punctuated by dry wit along with an unmelodramatic ultimate sacrifice by one of the characters and extraordinary photography make Gravity one of the top entertainers this year.
This review is based on the 3D version of the film.
Gravity’s theme is highly engaging even for jaded minds like SI who think they’ve seen it all or read it all!
What can be more exciting, more thrilling than to watch two astronauts stranded in the dark, silent, gravity-less space after their spacecraft is damaged by debris from a missile hit to a Russian satellite.
A catastrophe that’s compounded when debris from the Russian satellite subsequently damages several other satellites, in a chain reaction.
Gravity begins on a deceptively slow pace.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), on her first space mission, is doing component repair on the exterior of the Explorer space shuttle.
Mission commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is engaged in banter with the ground station crew in Houston while simultaneously trying to set a world record for space walking.
Then comes a cautionary squawk from ground station crew on Earth about debris from the Russian satellite. A couple of minutes later, the ground station puts out a frantic “Abort Mission” warning.
Moments later, heavy debris pounds their spacecraft.
From then on, it’s nonstop high octane action in space like you’ve never seen above.
Astronauts get untethered from the mother ship, visibility is zero, oxygen supply gets dangerously low, their spacecraft is severely damaged, the sole survivors Ryan and Matt have to spacewalk 900 meters to a different space station, there’s a fire in the other spacecraft.
And all the time debris is hurtling through space.
How much action can you handle?
Any more and you’ll be breathless, requiring an oxygen mask! 😉
And you desi putzheads thought movie thrills emanated only from high-speed chases or fights a la Dabanng or Rowdy Rathore! 🙁
Gravity’s photography is so beautiful you won’t believe the movie was shot on terra firma at a location in England.
There’s a nice twist in the middle. For a few seconds, I was aghast! What the hell, has this turned into a Bollywood film, I wondered.
But all’s well!
Made for Sandra Bullock
As Sandra Bullock starts to look like a hag with the ravages of age, I find her more tolerable than in her high estrogen days!
Her “OMG, My Pussy is on Fire” panic style of acting suits her character in Gravity, although director Cuarón has made the actress tone down her style.
It takes a director of Cuarón’s caliber to make Sandra Bullock’s acting look appealing. 😉
With George Clooney around, the odds of a good movie are very high.
And he is his usual charming, impressive self in Gravity, not disappointing for a moment.
First Class Entertainment
Gravity is a terrific movie that no movie lover should miss.
The movie is playing in theatres across the U.S.
Go for it!