Gravity

Gravity

(2012)

Don't let go.

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as two lone astronauts stranded in the terrifying expanse of space after satellite debris wipes out their shuttle. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men).... More

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission while Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) is in command of his last flight before retiring. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes and the shuttle is destroyed leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. All links to Earth are lost and their oxygen supply gradually empties. As panic sets in, the pair realise the only way home may be to go further out...Hide

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One of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had in the cinema in recent memory, Gravity made me realise how few and far between the best moments in other event films of late have really been. That’s not because Gravity boasts freaking awesome special effects, that it gets more out of its 3D and IMAX presentation than other pics or subjects the audience to repeated, sustained vertiginous sequences - though it does all these things in spades, any of which in isolation are the equal of highlights seen elsewhere.... More

What makes Gravity such compelling, engrossing and nerve-wracking viewing is how immersive and believable every minute of its running time is. That this is accomplished with the simplest of stories - survival in space - shows that in the hands of director Alfonso Cuarón no amount of world-building can compete with the vastness and deadliness of space as he portrays it. Much has been made of his enthusiasm for long sustained shots, and they’re employed here to spectacularly sink you right into the awe-inspiring, fear-instilling setting - eyeballs lapping up its scale, gut churning and mind boggling at the physics of zero-gravity and the effects of inertia and velocity.

To Sandra Bullock, stranded in orbit, the emptiness, absence and nothingness around her aren’t just an environment, but what she could experience at any moment - the end of her existence. Her performance brings to life the sheer terror this entails, a role that sees her do so much that’s integral to making the film tick despite minimal interaction and a perfectly slender amount of character development. Gravity could have been a great thrill-ride, but thanks to Cuarón and Bullock it’s a hell of a lot more, with a human element to match its many breath-taking and white-knuckle moments.Hide


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BY thorinoak superstar

The spectacle has everyone in a spin over Gravity but aside from its stunning visuals there is nothing much on offer here.


Amazing effects combined with a ridiculous story drive the viewer to fast-forward through the last one-third film as life is too short. Not even the endearing Sandra Bullock can save it.


With all the hype from people and reviews about this movie I was expecting it to be fabulous. Well the only thing fabulous about this movie was the ending. Sandra Bullocks body is hot. The rest of the movie was ice cold and far fetched. The only gravity i felt was my attention slowly disappearing into space.


BY Red superstar

Indeed a technical feat, and tense for the most, but I didn't get into it much at all - just didn't find myself invested, and instead distracted by the artifice.


BY Rhys-Rushton superstar

All the hype leans toward Gravity scooping the Oscars next year, best film, best actresses and more. Now, I not one for hype but I had to check this movie out.

The verdict. I liked it. It was the first time (for me) that a space odyssey type movie has come out that let the audience experience the loneliness, despair and expanse of space and from the perspective of an in-experienced astronaut.

Will it beat out the action movies like Wolverine or the less action pact Captain Philips? Well... More sadly, going by the Oscars track record (and considering the judges are approaching their 70’s) it’s likely. Still Gravity was an entertaining watch.

A firmly grounded 3/5 from me.Hide


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98% of critics recommend.
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  • This isn’t just the best-looking film of the year, it’s one of the most awe-inspiring achievements in the history of special-effects cinema. So it’s a shame that – as is so often the case with groundbreaking effects movies – the emotional content can’t quite match up to the visual. Full Review

  • The director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy experiment in blockbuster minimalism and a film of robust movie-movie thrills, restoring a sense of wonder, terror and possibility to the bigscreen. Full Review

  • Gravity asks for nothing more than your surrender. Be seated, don your 3D glasses (and 3D is its medium), and let it unfold. No prior knowledge required. Full Review

  • The film thrums with an ongoing existential dread. And yet, tellingly, Cuaron's film contains a top-note of compassion that strays at times towards outright sentimentality. Full Review

  • At once the most realistic and beautifully choreographed film ever set in space, Gravity is a thrillingly realized survival story spiked with interludes of breath-catching tension and startling surprise. Full Review

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