Space has always entranced people. We look up at it and wonder what there is out there; we build incredibly sophisticated and expensive machines to see it more clearly; and we both desire and fear it. As a massive fan of science-fiction, this film attracted me. It did not need alien spaceships, lasers, and galactic wars. It is a science-fiction film that is closer to our time and abilities, and that is so cool. But it is also scary. I give this film three out of five stars because it is intelligent, well-cast, and an entertaining watch.
Gravity follows medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). While on a mission, the two are left to drift in the vastness of space, after their shuttle is destroyed. The only thing the pair have, is each other, and the thin cord that binds them together. Will they survive, or will they spend the rest of their short lives floating in the abyss?
Surely there is not much more terrifying than floating in space with little to protect you from the dangers. Not only this, but you would be drifting away from everything you hold dear to your life. The only thing I wasn’t overly fond of, was the focus on these two actors. Yes, they have proven to be excellent actors, but I’m not sure their chemistry worked.
As I said before, Bullock and Clooney are great actors. This isn’t the type of role I expected to see them in, though, but they did a good job.
When done in television shows, limited locations and characters like these are called ‘bottle episodes’. They are my favourite, and so this film interested me. The writing has to be tight, and the characters are really pressured into revealing more about themselves than they usually would. Gravity did this excellently.
The directing by Alfonso Cuaron was breathtaking. He hasn’t got an extensive directing resume, so it was a risk in choosing him for the job. Of course he was also a co-writer, so this would have heightened his chance of hire. Needless to say, it all worked out.
I can’t talk about this film without talking about its use of visual effects. The big effects were amazing, but it was the smaller, background, effects that make the most impact. These are the things that you don’t notice (and aren’t supposed to), and add to the realism and atmosphere of the whole film. The actors also did a good job interacting with the visual effects.
Gravity has received both positive and negative reviews. For the most part, audience and critic response has been good, praising the acting and sustained story. On the other hand, the negative reviews have focused on Cuaron’s previous works, saying Gravity falls short.
An hour and a half watching two people is a big task. Though so easy to get wrong, Gravity gets it right. Three out of five stars, and I highly recommend it.