Gravity is one hell of a ride!
Writer/Director/Producer/Editor Alfonso Cuarón has created a cinema masterpiece that could not have been made before this digital age of computer graphics. But, the film does not rely only on its effects. It has a solid story with stellar performances by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
On her first trip into space, Bullock’s Ryan Stone is an engineer sent to repair the Hubble telescope along with a veteran pilot Matt Kowalski (Clooney) and co-pilot Shariff (Phaldut Sharma).
We get used the serene beauty of space for the first dozen minutes while repairs are being made. Then, Mission Control alerts them to the fact the Russians have blown up one of their own satellites and the debris is now hurtling around the globe, smashing other satellites and space stations with incredible force and speed.
From then on, it’s a matter of surviving and the viewer is put into Stone’s “suit,” twirling and grasping for lifelines, giving up and growing.
There was hardly a sound from the audience until a collective…well, I don’t want to tell you what happens. If you want to see something truly stunning, you’ll find out for yourself.
I give Gravity a 4+ out of 5.