|GRAVITY (director/writer: Alfonso Cuarón; screenwriter: Jonás Cuarón; cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki; editors: Alfonso Cuarón/Mark Sanger; music: Steven Price; cast: Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone), George Clooney (Matt Kowalski), Ed Harris (Voice of Houston); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Alfonso Cuarón/David Heyman; Warner Brothers Pictures; 2013)|
|"An elegant space film,
with some of the best photography ever."
by Dennis Schwartz
Talented Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón ("Children of Men"/"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"/"Y Tu Mamá También") directs this amazing visually pleasing sci-fi thriller from a script the director wrote with his son Jonás. It's filmed in 3-D. One can't help but compare it to the mystical Kubrick classic "2001," one of the greatest films ever. But this space venture isn't locked into discovering the secrets of life as it is in the more mundane task of surviving a tragedy. It doesn't match the Kubrick space odyssey film in intellect or metaphysical ambition, but matches it in sheer eeriness and in its magnificent physicality. Rather than a masterpiece, it's a well-crafted space disaster flick that gets by on a weightless script.
An American NASA astronaut
medical engineer, Dr.
Ryan Stone (Sandra
the charismatic, talkative, wise-cracking space
shuttle mission's leader, veteran astronaut, Matt Kowalski (Matt Kowalski), on his last mission,
after an accident find they are the sole survivors in
While the two were on a work-related space walk,
repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, metal debris
from an exploding Russian satellite hits their area
and they are stranded from their ship and floating in
miles above Earth.
While the ordeal is going
opens up to tell about the loss of her daughter. It
was a bit weepie melodramatic stuff, but it filled in
some narrative the filmmaker evidently thought he
needed to fill the void. Meanwhile Ryan struggles in space
while running short of oxygen and is urgently trying
to make her way to the International Space Station in
order to survive.
It's an elegant space film,
with some of the best photography ever, courtesy of
cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. It catches the vastness,
silence and grandiosity of outer space. Those great
visuals are accompanied by a very ordinary back story
about the astronauts which keeps the pic unpretentious
and grounded in the reality of the mission (even
though it couldn't happen in real-life because Hubble
and the space station are on different courses).
Ed Harris is the unseen voice from the Houston control center.
REVIEWED ON 10/5/2013 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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