D: Alfonso Cuarón
Warner Bros./Esperanto/Heyday (Alfonso Cuarón & David Heyman)
USA 🇺🇸 2013
W: Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
DP: Emmanuel Lubezki
Ed: Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger
Mus: Steven Price
PD: Andy Nicholson
Cos: Jany Temime
Sandra Bullock (Dr. Ryan Stone), George Clooney (Matt Kowalski)
On release, Gravity received very mixed reviews with many people saying it lacked bite or a narrative storyline. I honestly don't know what these people were expecting or looking for when they watched it, but it seems they missed the point completely.
If I wanted a story with dour realism I'd watch a Mike Leigh movie, Gravity delivers on the promises of what it is in spades: A visual and auditory feast and a cinematic experience unlike no other.
The story isn't over complicated or convoluted and isn't even that special to be fair, a routine mission in space goes tits up and two astronauts are left drifting in the abyss of nothingness. Their only chance of survival is to drift towards another space station where they can make their return to Earth. The plot isn't really the interesting bit. The movie is all about visuals and this is where auteur Alfonso Cuaron excels. He tears up the rule book of conventional filmmaking and presents a truly unique experience. Long takes, flowing camera movements, seamless editing and phenomenal visual effects and sound design. This movie makes you feel like you're the one trapped in space with little hope of survival.
Sandra Bullock carries the movie well as the only cast member on screen for the full duration of the movie, while George Clooney delivers a calming supporting role amongst the chaos going on around.
At a mere 87 minutes long it's incredibly welcoming to have a great visual effects movie whose story isn't stretched out beyond breaking point for a long running time.
This movie is a masterclass in tension and a fantastic special effects extravaganza.
Those who didn't like it must think that Transformers & Armageddon are sci-fi classics. Sheesh!