This may be redundant, but Gravity clearly stands alone at the forefront of awards season out of current wide movie releases. Besides its edge of seat suspense and uncomfortably perfect pacing, the film creates a very realistic and powerful story. Director Alfonson Cuaron (Children of Men) is all about timing and Sandra Bullock (The Heat) and George Clooney (The Descendants) are all about pleasing audiences.
With an opening scene consisting of a 17 minute long take (aka 17 minutes without a single cut to another shot), these three dare you to blink. Even if you want to, you won’t find any time to blink. Bullock and Clooney’s characters share their personal stories and make the film about the inner struggle of life using bond-less space as the platform for disaster.
Even if the plot may seem like it is a little sensationalized, it really isn’t. Cuaron makes his characters work for every little thing. Every single step they take, they must fight for. Bullock can’t just float away from the space station, she has to spin in circles until something stops her. Bullock and Clooney can’t just float into the station without grabbing and holding on for their lives. Physics exist in space, gravity just doesn’t.
The movie hits its stride immediately and stays true to its themes of raising above the struggles of life throughout. If this wasn’t enough to make Gravity the premiere movie of the year, the ending payoff is extraordinary.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief