Movie Stars: Review: ‘Gravity’
We’ve seen plenty of documentaries and major Hollywood films produced about outer space. Some have succeeded, while others have not. It seems the best way to experience outer space without actually leaving Earth is watching an IMAX 3D documentary. During the fall, there are not many movies that turn out to be blockbusters. However, every year there is that one film that surprises you. For the year 2013, that film is “Gravity.”
It centers on two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Dr. Ryan Stone (played by Bullock) is trying to repair the Hubble telescope orbiting earth when the unthinkable happens. Stone and Matt Kowalski (played by Clooney) are suddenly separated after debris from another satellite crashes into their space shuttle Explorer, causing them to be stranded in outer space with a limited amount of air left in their space suits.
Other satellites are destroyed as well, including the one connecting them to Mission Control in Houston.
With no communication left, Stone and Kowalski have to rely on each other to get back home. You might be thinking, how can they make a movie out of this where there is not much for them to do? Clearly, there is more to this movie than meets the eye—don’t let the trailers fool you. From start to finish, “Gravity” is the best film set in outer space I have ever seen.
It grabs hold of you and never lets go. Bullock carries this film so well that it is one of her best performances. Clooney does an excellent job of playing the veteran astronaut, and was composed during the whole film.
For a character to be so calm and to keep Bullock’s character Dr. Stone from losing it, takes courage. I saw this film in 3D and let me tell you, it adds to the film. The visual effects and the music are some of the best qualities about this film. It is one of the best movies of the year. I give “Gravity” eight out of 10.