Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Alfonso Curaón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Review: A lot of people told me that this film wouldn’t be very good because I didn’t watch it at the cinema in 3D to see the amazing special-effects but even without the 3D special-effects, it was enough to almost give me a panic attack anyway – but in a good way! Gravity is about a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) who is on her first ever space mission – accompanied by an astronaut (George Clooney). Disaster strikes when an asteroid hits their shuttle and they get catapulted out into space. They work together to try and get back to each other and figure out a way to get to safety and ultimately get back to earth because the clock is ticking, their oxygen tanks are running out, more debris is due to pass them and they are completely isolated, floating in never-ending blackness of space.
It’s difficult making a film with very few characters and settings as you run the risk of your audience getting bored of the same background through the majority of it but if it’s done right, it was can be incredible and this absolutely was. I don’t know why I’d not seen this sooner because wow – I have nothing but good things to say about it. Sandra Bullock was perfect in this film. She was stunning and flawless and people definitely overlook how incredible of an actress she is. The thing in this film that made even me – a viewer – get really anxious and panicky was Sandra Bullocks acting. As you can imagine, being stranded in space isn’t a walk in the park, so she starts to hyperventilate, panic and is generally absolutely terrified and it’s so convincing that she can transfer those feelings to us. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s characters really compliment each other in this film too. He’s an experienced astronaut who seems to have everything under control. He’s reassuring and calm in the face of utter catastrophe which is a big contrast to Bollock’s character who is all very new to it and has no idea what to do or expect. I know I didn’t watch this film in the cinema and experience the 3D effects but even from my computer screen I could appreciate the work and effort gone into making these effects as daunting and realistic as possible – it was insane. The soundtrack that accompanied the time was beautiful too – every piece of music fitted each scene perfectly.
They manage to cover a whole range of emotions in this film. George Clooney’s character is, as expected, quite funny and charming and he manages to lighten the mood considerably. At one point of the film, Bullock’s character made her way to an escape pod of the Chinese satellite station and she’s trying to use the radio to get through to someone. She’s convinced she’s going to die that day and through the radio she hears someone contacting the satellite from Earth. She hears a dog bark and a baby cry and appreciates those things more than anyone ever has because she thinks she’s going to die and that scene was so emotional and so beautiful it would make even the coldest hearts shed a tear. In my opinion, they got every single aspect of this film right. The cast, the music, the effects – everything and with a film as powerful and unique as this, if just one things was out of place it could have risked spoiling it. It was emotional, life-altering, thought-provoking and enough to leave you appreciating being alive on earth.