The spectacular new space thriller GRAVITY begs to differ.
But not with the typical screams we’re used to. There are no aliens, monsters or space battles here. Instead director Alfonso Cuaron takes us on an astonishing journey into zero gravity some 300-plus miles above earth.
From the incredible almost 15 minute long opening sequence to the film’s final frame, viewers come to the realization that they’re part of something very special here.
In GRAVITY Sandra Bullock plays a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with smug astronaut George Clooney in command of his last mission before retirement.
But on a routine space walk disaster strikes.
It’s Bullock and Clooney trying to come to terms with their unexpected hostilities in space. How will these two surviving team members of a crippled American space shuttle survive and return to earth BEFORE their oxygen runs out? And what of the approaching deadly space debris from a crippled Russian satellites?
It all feels incredibly real.
None of that usual CGI effects look for this high tension thriller.
And all in the stillness of breathtaking space.
I’m usually not much of a fan of 3D, but here the three dimensional process gives you total immersion.
Add the haunting musical score by Steve Price and voice of Mission Control’s Ed Harris (surely a tip of the hat to Apollo 13) and you’ve got 90 fast moving minutes of cutting edge cinematography, acting and storytelling.
When all is said and done you’ll leave the theater wondering just how they pulled it all off?
Movie magic at its magnificent best.
GRAVITY boldly scoring an A- Grade
(Reviewed at Alamo Mainstreet Theatre)
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