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TSan­dra Bul­lock, Ge­orge Clooney

Al­fonso Cuaron (

Stars: Di­rec­tor:

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.


Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

Chil­dren of Men) SPACED OUT: San­dra Bul­lock and Ge­orge Clooney in Grav­ity.

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