In the new movie Gravity, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, who is a bit too nervous to be so far from home. Her companion on this trip is George Clooney, who plays Matt Kowalsky, a seasoned astronaut with the gift of gab. While working on the Hubble Space Station, they are notified to vacate and return to their ship immediately because of oncoming debris that will prove to be catastrophic. When all ground communications are cut off and they begin drifting in space, their only hope of survival is making it to the International Space Station before Stone loses all her oxygen.
Clooney is at the top of his game. He delivers just the right mix of charm and comic relief as he does his best to calm newbie Bullock. Bullock’s performance is one of her best. Her acting is both emotional and riveting, drawing you in to her escalating environment of despair while you’re holding your breath for her survival.
The film is less about script and more about visual effects. The director, Alfonso Cuarón, takes the audience on an amazing ride. The camera moves in such a way that it makes you feel like you are gliding along in space. It is truly a poetic experience.
Gravity is the best-looking film of the year. I found it be awe-inspiring and a force of astonishing beauty. You will definitely will want to dish out the extra dough to see this in IMAX 3D.
Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images, and brief strong language.
Run Time: 1 hour 31 minutes