Gravity Movie Review

 

“In space, no one can hear you scream…”

Gravity is directed by Alfonso Cuarón and stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalski.

The movie starts out already in space, and it’s a sight to see. The camera circles around the Earth and you’re immersed at the sight. You already feel like you’re there. One look at this movie and you know the special effects are out of this world. 

Stone and Kowalski are up there working on the Hubble Telescope. Dr. Stone is pretty much just a scientist who got her project funded and she’s implementing that into Hubble. You can tell she’s scared and is focused on her job so she can leave. Kowalski is different.  He’s a trained astronaut, who has been up in space several times. His attitude is opposite to Stone’s. He’s carefree and knows that in these situations, you have to be relaxed. It’s a mellow mood but as the audience, you can’t help but be tense. Most has seen the trailers and you’re just anticipating when the debris will hit.

Eventually the debris does hit and like many, I was at the edge of my seat.  Everything is happening so fast. Sound doesn’t travel in space and you’re just seeing it all hit and really, the only sound you’re hearing is from the astronauts–from the inside of their helmets. It was shocking and terrifying to see this situation because it is so realistic. There is so much space trash up there and over time, it’s accumulating even more. From that point on, Stone and Kowalski have to figure out how to survive and get back home… in space…. a place so barren and enormous. There is no gravity. Their oxygen tanks will eventually run low. The debris that hit them will certainly come back. And there is no communication with anybody down on Earth. This is really the definition of being alone. 

Stone has never been in space. She’s just a scientist doing research. She’s had training and not anywhere near to Kowalski’s. Of course she would be terrified. She’s in space and she doesn’t know if she’ll live. This movie is basically about Stone. Yes it costars Clooney as Kowalski, but this movie centers around Stone. It’s a character piece. One of the main points of this movie is to see Stone evolve. In the beginning, she’s scared and panicky. She can’t get her breathing under control. She has to learn to control that and to settle down and think. Think of ways she can get to Earth and how to accomplish that. Along the way, you lean events from her past that can help understand who she is and why she is this way. Sandra Bullock was phenomenal as this character. She portrayed the character so well seeing the different emotions she is going through. At one point, when she was breathing fast and was lost and scared, it took me a while to realize that I too was breathing as fast as her. I was truly scared for her. That with the combination with the scenery just took my breath away, literally. My heart was ready to burst out of my chest (No Alien) and my stomach did drop several times. I haven’t felt that way in a movie in years and I can’t put into words how much I love this movie. 

This movie WILL be nominated for an Oscar. Bullock, I hope, will be nominated for Best Actress, and it will win Best Special Effects. I haven’t seen the Hobbit or Thor yet, but I bet that this movie will exceed that. This movie is the definition of a space thriller. You’re in for the whole ride. You feel what the characters are feeling and you’re just sucked into the scenery all around them. This is one of my favorite movies of the year.

The score was fantastic and just made the situations more tense. It was perfectly used in the movie and only heightened the tone. 

I give this movie: 5/5

*I originally gave it lower but after I thought about it, there aren’t really any faults in the movie. It was amazing and truly spectacular. I highly recommend it.