Thursday, October 24, 2013

Film Review: "Gravity" Soars !

Official Synopsis: Gravity is a 2013 3D science fiction thriller and space drama film[ directed, co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuarón. The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as surviving astronauts from a damaged Space Shuttle mission, as they attempt to return to Earth.

Caution Spoilers Ahead 


Gravity just might  be one of the best movies of Fall 2013, it bears similarities to many films in the past that are often perceived as  basic or unimaginative in concept but that end up being "sleeper" hits in the box office and through DVD sales and cult followings. The film starts out with action roughly 20 minutes from the start. We do not see any flashbacks of earth or the lives of the Astronauts at all. Going into the film knowing this I can honestly say that I never thought this film would be able to fill 90 minutes of run time with no flashbacks or connections to earth, monsters of any sort and all but 10 minutes of the film taking places in space.

 We find out the background stories of each of the characters from dialogue between the actors as well as remnants remaining from the space-station wreckage. Mission Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone; played by Sandra Bullock is a single mother who has lost her daughter in an accident but has also lost the will to live. When the film starts Bullock is accompanied by fellow Astronaut Lt. Matt Kolwalski played by George Clooney.  The two are separated after debris from a Russian Missile Strike kills their fellow crew members and leaves them  adrift in space without communication with NASA and no other means of transportation other than a jet pack and their spacesuits which have a quickly dwindling oxygen supply.

Gravity bears an uncanny resemblance to many great Sci- Fi movies preceding which makes for a memorable film.  Some notable, amongst many themes in the movie are survival, persistence, training, birth, life , death, rebirth and more. I like how Director Alfonso Cuarón gives the viewer a strong female lead character that is capable of exhibiting emotions such as fear , love and hope while also showing us what it is like to improvise and persist even if circumstances seem futile. There is a strong underlying spiritual theme throughout the film with several references and acronyms that point to God. Almost reminiscent to the film  Tree of Life; but set in space non the less.

"Gravity" is, in the end, blends together the excitement of technological advances while showing the calamity that they often bring. It is  a very emotional roller coaster ride. The precision  and detail of the special effects allows the viewer to take a look inside life in outer-space.The depth of Bullock’s performance is out of this world ! — Its safe to say that "Gravity" is an intense universal story of a human being going through heroic measures just to get home.