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Reel Review – Gravity (2013)

gravity_ver2_xlrgDirector: Alfonso Cuaron
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: October 4th, 2013
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

 

Perhaps one of the most terrifying films of 2013, Gravity takes viewers on a gripping, nonstop thrill ride. It is a visually gorgeous film; and director Alfonso Cuaron, who recently won the Golden Globe for Best Director, is able to capture a sense of wonder while showing just how limitless outer space can be.

Gravity follows Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer who is working on a space shuttle with veteran spaceman Mike Kowalsky (George Clooney). When unexpected disaster hits, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky floating alone together in space. While trying to make their way safely back, they encounter natural difficulties on the largest scale imaginable; outer space.

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When Gravity first hit theaters, I saw the trailer and didn’t think too much of it. I heard the visuals were supposed to be phenomenal, but I didn’t hear too much else. After all the critical acclaim that it has received, and the number of recommendations for it I’ve received, I decided that giving it a watch would be beneficial.

The visual effects in this film are jaw-droppingly stunning.  Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki sets the bar incredibly high for any future films that want to top how well this film appears visually.  The amount of expansive shots show just how vast the scenery in outer space is, and never fails to keeps you on edge.

All of the visuals are paired perfectly with the sound mixing.  Often times the most discomforting thing about Gravity is its extended moments of silence, which represent the emptiness of space extremely well.

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s performances go hand-in-hand here, and I think both were the right picks for their roles.  While Clooney appears in the film for about 30-35 minutes, Sandra Bullock’s character can often be compared to Tom Hanks in Cast Away; a lost, hopeless individual who is surrounded by an environment much bigger and more dangerous than herself.

While the script at times feels a bit mediocre, that doesn’t really effect the other strengths the movie strives in showing. Although I still think that Steve McQueen deserved Best Director for 12 Years a Slave, I can easily see why people would vote for Cuaron’s work with Gravity.

Overall, I have to admit that Gravity lives up to its hype. The film is very well put together, and delivers all that it can in its 90-minute runtime. Look into seeing Gravity for one of the best thrillers I’ve come across in a while.

My Reel Rating – 8.1/10

Written by Josh Sazin on January 16th, 2014

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