GRAVITY (2013) : REVIEW

October 4, 2013

"Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission."
Life in space is impossible; there's no oxygen, no water and no atmosphere through which sound can travel. The question is : what would you do if you got trapped in space? That exactly what Alfonso Cuarón's newest movie was all about. I set the highest expectation on Gravity, in which I bravely put 5 stars in my head. Why would I do such thing? Because I believed in  Cuarón, as simple as that. So, how was it?

Set in 370 miles out in lower earth orbit, medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) was spacewalking around the Hubble Telescope, along with space-veteran Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and another explorer named Phaldut Sharma (Paul Sharma). Everything was going just fine, until the mission control warned them about the Russian's satellite debris which were wandering the space's orbits in flash speed. But, it was all too late, leaving Kowalski and Stone as the only survivors, forcing them to fight for their life by reaching the nearest space station and shipping themselves to planet Earth.

Cuarón's script, written along his son (also a screenwriter), Jonás, was remarkably excellent. I was having a hard time calling it a science-fiction movie. Yes, anything presented there was pure science, but they were all nowhere near fiction; it felt all too real. There was no twist, no complex theories, no humanly interaction; it was just all a stand-alone loneliness. The opening only lasted for 15 minutes, building what we called a comfy and pacify introduction by putting us in the hearing of Ed Harris' mission controller's soothing voiceover, only to be shipped to the highest climax in just 3 minutes, and it stayed there until the 90 minutes runtime ended. I realized that some of you might call the story an utter cliché and downright predictable, but that wasn't it. The sole reason here was to deliver an impeccable story of survival, pointing on the struggles of remaining alive in space and how space was 'unlivable'.

Let me just say it blatantly that the visual effect was BREATHTAKING. Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki beautifully re-created the beauty of outerspace with the mindblowing live action (oh yes, there were some actions, as in getting floaty, banged and pinballed around the space) and CGI, like it was all shot in the real space. The silence, the darkness and the coldness were prominent and the jaw-dropping view of Earth was magnificent; I'm simply out of word here. Cuarón's famous directing style was clearly shown here; the long-unbroken takes with perfected transition, like it was shot by a single camera. I love how the camera followed the explorer, spun, panicked and pinballed from here to there, making the entire big-screen turning upside down, delivering intense, thrilling and terrorizing moments, along with the up and rising crescendo-like scores. Also when Stone was down on oxygen, I felt like I was gulping for a tiny air as well. I was also stunned with how they made Stone gliding so effortlessly through the space corridors, like there was no wire involved in the shoot. One thing I could surely recommend you here : this movie was meant to be seen in the big screen and I really recommended you to see it in 3D, even better, IMAX 3D, because the depth, the space-world and the feeling were just extraordinary.

"You're the genius, I only drive the bus," said Kowalski. Well, George Clooney did an impeccable job on his role, portraying a suave, witty, calm, experienced and charming astronauts, but he was just being who he is, though his in-helmet chemistry with Bullock was great. The real heroine, the real star here was Sandra Bullock. She was able to connect with the audience in her entire solo/stand-alone scenes, delivering fright, vulnerability, determination, panick at its core; it wasn't like she was showing us how it was like to be in her position, more like she was taking us with her, inside and outside her foggy helmet. Simply said, I believed her.

Finally said, it's never cheesy to called certain movies a roller-coaster ride, because this indeed was. Allright, GRAVITY WAS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER MADE. It gave you chill, eery silence, undying tension and thrills, all packed up in stunning 3D visual and flawless acts, leading to the finest end. WATCH IT. WATCH IT IN 3D. IN CINEMA. Or you'll regret it for the rest of your life. 

PS : I'm sorry I couldn't give you better quality pictures, because I couldn't seem to find ones. My bad, I know.

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