Arts & Entertainment

Bullock wows in thriller, “Gravity”

By: Alex Spindler

Gorgeous visuals, breathtaking cinematography and an Oscar-worthy performance from Sandra Bullock best capture the cinematic experience that is director/ writer Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity.”

This film will leave you on the edge of your seat, feeling desperation as you witness the terrors of outer space unfold before your eyes.

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) embarks on her first space mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney).

As the two fix some minor faults with their ship’s exterior, word comes in from mission control that an explosion from a satellite close by could impact and simultaneously destroy their vessel.

When both are left stranded in the black abyss, it is up to Dr. Ryan Stone and her expertise to get them safely back to the certainty of Earth’s ultimate stronghold: gravity.

In an era where space films have amassed anticipation solely for big budgets and long running times, “Gravity” provides relief.

Running at just 90 minutes, this sci-fi action thriller proves to be a manageable and entertaining thrill ride.

In addition, the computer-animated factions of the movie only further the environment of the majestic outer space which would make James Cameron gasp.

Technical elements aside, the piece manifests very emotional and human sympathy for Bullock, who is likely to score rave reviews with critics and movie-goers alike.

The 3D experience (which nowadays seems to be offered for every film produced in theaters), actually enhanced the movie’s mission to provide you with that weightless experience.

Likely to be the sleeper-hit of the fall movie season and a sure-fire contender for the film industry’s top awards, “Gravity” is a knockout in every sense of the word.

The picture will play in theaters for a long while, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t soon reserve a night for yourself to embark on a cinematic journey like no other.

Popular space movies like “Apollo 13,” “Armageddon” and even “Independence Day” can’t compete with this voyage to another world.

 

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