Coming to theatres this week from director Alfonso Cuaron and Warner Bros. Pictures comes a ride like no other when you are dealing with GRAVITY.
This film tells the story of astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) who are in space working outside a satellite making repairs. Their routine fix becomes a bit more complicated when word comes from mission control (Ed Harris) that there has been an explosion in space that is causing a domino effect.
The debris is widespread and heading in there direction. With literally a moments warning the space junk hits the ship and everyone is sent flying. Stone is ejected and Kowalski is her only hope.
It will take skill and calm for these two astronauts to find a way to survive and get back to Earth before their time and air runs out.
FINAL WORD: Bullock as Stone is totally intense. Once again she proves why audiences love her performances. She is solid and when moments of weakness happen the character is even more beautiful to experience. Bullock hasn’t been one to shy away from any role put in front of her and GRAVITY proves her instincts are right on.
This could not have been an easy role for her mainly because her costar (besides Clooney) is deep space and an abundance of extraordinary silence!
Clooney is the mild comic relief and probably the reason I remembered NOT hold my breath! His performance is so necessary and although not a big role as one might think – it is gracious and endearing none-the-less.
Other cast include: Paul Sharma as Shariff, Amy Warren as Explorer Captain and Basher Savage as the Russian Space Station Captain.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give GRAVITY three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. The cinematography is genius with scenes where the camera never leaves the action. These one shots bring the audience into the tension whether you want to or not! The story is riveting and the performances stellar.
If you were to look for a downside it might be that people who are sensitive to 3D motion might have to “ride” through it. It is worth it and necessary to make the film so very real.
Be prepared for the feeling of being in space and a story that will carry you through till the end. Director Cuaron is a name you might recognize with HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN as well as CHILDREN OF MEN. The film GRAVITY will no doubt be on many awards list as the season approaches!
In the end – don’t let go.