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GRAVITY (2013)

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

91 minutes, rated PG-13

STUDIO: Warner Bros. Pictures/ Heyday Films/ Esperanto Films

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  10-4-2013

 

STARRING Sandra Bullock and George Clooney

DIRECTED by Alfonso Cuaron

Two American astronauts are left the only survivors of a crippled space shuttle after space debris (a result of the Russians shooting down one of their own satellites) hits the space shuttle.  They must journey to the ISS (International Space Station) to find a way to get home before the debris circles around the planet again.  It is a race against time and a journey of the human spirit in a very visual film which also tackles philosophical issues about life and our place in the universe.

 

GRAVITY is a film that lingers with you after you have seen it.  I only saw it in 2D and regretted that decision due to how I start to imagine how this film is an experience in 3D (and many reviewers have commented on the 3D experience of GRAVITY).  The special effects are seamless and look very real.  You get to see many beautiful views of the Earth from above and start to wonder how astronauts feel when they look from above in orbit as they circle the Earth.  Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are incredible in this film with the weight of GRAVITY resting on Sandra Bullock’s shoulders as she plays a woman who is still suffering from the lose of her daughter (and manages to avoid the pain by just working and driving after she gets off work).   GRAVITY is about life and death, but I also can relate this film to the issues explored in the films of Shinya Tsukamoto as Bullock’s character plays a person on the edge of death only to find a reason for living again.

 

GRAVITY is a movie worth seeing more than once and at least once in 3D which I plan to go see it in that format soon.  As other reviewers will comment, I can’t wait to watch the behind-the-scenes extras on this movie when it arrives on blu-ray.   GRAVITY is a space drama that shows real life and death struggles and makes you realize how astronauts up in space could face problems like shown in this movie.  It is all too real in what can be described as one of the best visual movies of the year.

 

This movie review is 10-6-2013 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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