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Gravity (3D)

2013-10-18 08:30
What it's about:

A heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space.

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring.

But, on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth—and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

The only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

What we thought:

One word to describe the Gravity experience - dumbfounded. And that is exactly what it’s like watching the space thriller in 3D  – one of the most anxious yet exciting experiences that you will ever get from the big screen. I had completely forgotten about my popcorn and coke until it was all over and I could breathe again.

Director Alfonso Cuarón has added another, very large feather to his cap of film achievements with a movie that takes the idea of a metaphor to a whole new level. A woman lost in her own grief gets lost in space and while willing herself to survive, she also learns to survive the tragedy back on planet earth.

The emotional depth that Sandra Bullock brings to Dr Ryan is astounding to say the least. She somehow manages, without much movement except the zero-gravity dangling, to express her gut-wrenching sadness without saying much at all, but through it all also conveys her panic in almost empowering ways.

But not only does Bullock’s acting make us feel Ryan, but also the first person shots we get of debris flying at her and her spinning into deep space make you believe you are really up there with her, which makes that sense of fear way more real.

I won’t take anything away from George Clooney’s performance, who plays an astronaut cowboy that seems very close to his own personality, but it is very clear who steals the show. However, as a supporting actor he is definitely the thread that keeps Ryan from losing hope of touching earth’s ground again and is kind of a guardian space angel.

Another thing which makes this movie great is its originality. There are no clichés, predictable plot lines or borrowings from other movies. It completely stands on its own in an ocean of remakes, sequels and book adaptations. Cuarón wrote the script with his son Jonás (genius runs in the family) and we can only hope they come up with more movies like this in the future.

If you are stuck between seeing it in 3D or saving some cash with the 2D, there is no debate. Do it in 3D! It will be the best money you have ever spent on entertainment and you won’t feel the intensity of dodging satellite debris or spinning uncontrollably in space without it.

But please Hollywood, this does not mean you should jump on the ‘space thriller’ bandwagon. Do not copy it, rehash it or sequel it – just leave it as is and come up with your own original blockbuster.

As for the viewers, this movie isn’t for people who like a specific genre or even movies in general. It is a movie for everyone that all should watch, just because it is a revolutionary film that will make you feel a lot smaller compared to the universe, but also thankful that nothing on earth is nearly as terrifying as being lost in the dead of space.

Gravity is breaking the lines between audience and film, pulling you into the terrifying yet awe-inspiring realm of space.
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