GRAVITY ( M)
TSandra Bullock, George Clooney
Alfonso Cuaron (
HIS instant classic is for anyone who still believes in the magic of movies.
At once a stunning work of science fi ction and a truly heartfelt work of human drama, Gravity casts a powerful spell that cannot and will not be broken.
It could well be the best thing you lay eyes on this year.
The fi lm opens with a genuinely amazing single shot which runs just over 13 minutes.
The camera is fl oating alongside the US space shuttle Explorer, where crew members are on a brief spacewalk to perform some running repairs.
Mission Control in Houston ( represented by the voice of Ed Harris) orders the
RUSH ( M) astronauts to immediately abort their mission. A rapidly expanding pile of debris from an exploded satellite is heading their way.
Sadly, there is not enough time to avert disaster. The space junk steamrolls Explorer in a matter of minutes, killing all aboard except veteran pilot Matt Kowalsky ( George Clooney) and a medical engineer on her maiden voyage, Ryan Stone ( Sandra Bullock).
Only one thing saved the lives of the pair: they were unable to re- enter the shuttle in time.
Optimists would call this a stroke of luck. Realists would call it a stay of execution.
Captain Matt Kowalsky and Dr Ryan Stone are now drifting alone in space. All communications are down. Oxygen supplies are running out.
It would be unfair to delve any further into the gripping adventure tale so expertly laid out by Alfonso Cuaron ( Children of Men).
The fi lm’s most crucial asset is how it trades off what we know of conditions in space against what we do not know.
The tension achieved by simply delivering or withholding information at key moments becomes unbelievably powerful at times.
The performances of Clooney and Bullock are magnifi cent. Again, it would be unfair to be too specifi c about how they achieve such a level of excellence.
Let’s just say they strongly convey the full weight of a heavy situation with great conviction and credible emotions at all times.
The end result is nothing short of spectacular.
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