Movie Review: Gravity Takes Off


Cary, NC – Wow. That one word sums up Gravity by director Alfonso Cuaron’s (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).

And the fact that Sandra Bullock gives a career best performance in one of the most exhilarating movies of the year is simply icing on the cake.

Director Cuaron Delivers An Amazing Experience

One of the most amazing things about Gravity is its simplicity. The plot is extremely simple ( space mission gone wrong) and the characters motivations are even simpler (survive).

But the truth is that a seemingly impossible amount of effort was put into this movie in order to make it all seem so simple and director Cuaron cannot be praised enough. He has managed to create one of the most realistic space movies ever put to film without ever sacrificing entertainment value.

For example, he holds true to the fact that there is no sound in space. During a particularly stunning sequence, an entire space station is being destroyed by rogue debris and there is absolutely no sound aside from the film’s score. It’s an amazing moment of action filmmaking, but also one that reminds you just how weird and foreign space really is.

Bullock Is Great

While director Cuaron may actually be the real star of the film, Sandra Bullock cannot be ignored as a medical engineer that’s doing a pretty big favor for NASA,  and then winds up in situation beyond comprehension. It’s a remarkable performance that easily ranks among the year’s best.

Both Cuaron and Bullock both deserve credit for the way in which her character is defined through action. You learn who she is by what she does rather than a monologue explaining to the audience exactly who this person is.

There is one moment where we learn some crucial information about her character during a conversation with a fellow astronaut, but for the most part we are able to learn who this person is by the way she reacts to her situations. That’s extremely hard to do, and it’s also something that seems to be more and more rare these days. Bullock, through Cuaron, make it look nice and easy.

Not to Be Left Out, George Clooney

Of course, you can’t talk about a movie with George Clooney without talking about George Clooney. He has a small but important role as the man in charge of the space mission. He definitely takes a back seat to Bullock, but Clooney brings a sense of calm and authority as well as a welcome sense of humor to the otherwise intense proceedings.

It’s almost a thankless role, but Clooney makes every second he has count.

See Gravity in IMAX

Gravity is an impeccably made film that delivers one of the most intense and satisfying rides in recent memory. I also have to insist on an IMAX 3D viewing, too. It’s the best example of the technology in years and no matter what amazing set up you have at home, you will regret not seeing Gravity on a truly big screen.