Screen Gems Movie Reviews with Kennie Bass. You'll find it First On Fox!
October 4, 2013 Gravity
Studio: Warner Bros. Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong.
Director Alfonso Cuaron co-wrote "Gravity" with his son Jonas. They've crafted a tense, majestic movie, which soars above and beyond despite some clunky dialogue thrown into the mix.
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, "Gravity" begins with a routine mission as two space walkers work to repair the Hubble Telescope.
But disaster looms as a Russian satellite explodes, sending a swarm of deadly debris their way. The space junk hits, things go very badly and the astronauts find themselves alone and stranded.
Lt. Matt Kowalski (Clooney) is a space veteran, prepared for just about any disaster. But Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is on her very first mission. In addition to being a rookie, she's also dealing with a lifetime of emotional trauma which comes to the surface after the accident.
Cuaron's direction is amazing. There is a long, continuous opening shot which sucks you into the movie. His use of 3D is the best I've seen since James Cameron's revolutionary work in "Avatar."
The micro-gravity of space is clearly shown, with no up or down. The screen is filled with infinite blackness and a shiny blue jewel hanging just out of reach.
Faced with obstacle after obstacle, Stone has to decide if life is worth fighting for. Bullock's performance is incredible, both physically and emotionally. This is a wrenching story of tension and despair.
Do yourself a favor and make sure you watch the 3D version, it's fantastic. This is a revolutionary piece of work, the best ever at showing life in outer space. My only quibble is the constant chattering by the characters. But given their situation, I'll chalk that up to nervous energy.
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