Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Running Time: 91 min
Plot: After a satellite explodes and causes a chain reaction, astronauts Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) become separated from their ship and find themselves floating off in space.
‘Being an astronaut is a world away from my last job…’
If you go into space and you get into trouble then it’s your own fault. As Gravity informs you before the opening shot, ‘Life in space is impossible’…there is no oxygen and it’s really cold, so you’re asking for it really.
During a routine maintenance operation on the Hubble telescope, NASA employees Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) get into a spot of bother. Based upon a real life theory known as Kessler Syndrome, debris from a disused satellite collides with various other orbital junk, causing a chain reaction which would render space travel impossible. In Gravity this occurrence destroys Stone and Kowalski’s station and cuts out their comm link, so they can’t even tell Houston that they have a problem. Adrift, alone and running low on air, they must find a way to reach terra firma before the next wave of satellite shrapnel comes their way.
Some quick tips: See it at an IMAX screen in 3D and BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE otherwise it won’t be nearly as good.
Gravity is a great experience. It may not be the most intelligent film, but there’s never a dull moment and the dizzying cinematography is highly stimulating to the senses. To say ‘It’s like you’re in space’ is going too far, but it is cool. The opening shot (which lasts about 15 minutes) was so captivating that for once not a single munch, rustle or slurp could be detected in the audience.
Stunning visuals aside, Gravity is basically a story about human survival; the random, unlikely nature of our existence and the necessity to keep on plugging in the face of overwhelming odds. Sandra Bullock is excellent and she carries the emotional weight of the film valiantly while Clooney floats about in an amusingly upbeat fashion, cool as a picture of James Dean in the freezer.
While it isn’t the best film of the year, it much more deserving of the ridiculous hype than something like Avatar. Gravity is awesome to behold, and the Hitchcockian levels of suspense will get the heart racing. Definitely do NOT wait for this to come out on DVD- go and see in on a massive screen. And don’t be that mug that stands up at the end and says really loudly: ‘Why is it called Gravity if for the whole film there isn’t any?’