Cast: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Direction: Alfonso Cuarón
Date of Release [India]: 11th October 2013
Duration: 1 Hour 51 Minutes (91 Minutes)
Nikhil’s Rating: ****1/2
Gravity is a result of the collaboration between Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, who together made the third film in the hugely successful Harry Potter franchise.
Right from the first establishing shot, one realises that this film will captivate the audience till the end. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) are stranded in space while mending the Hubble space telescope. What will happen thereafter? Will Matt and Ryan make their journey back?
Even though George Clooney, as Matt Kowalsky, has very little screen time in this film he has acted with panache. Sandra Bullock, who has really excelled in her role, plays the central character of Ryan. Ryan is put into a stark and lonely situation and you cannot help but feel the poignancy. She has brought out a myriad of emotions such as helplessness, anguish, anxiety, fear, and determination with so much authenticity that it would not be a surprise if she were nominated for an Oscar!
The writers Alfonso and his son Jonás have written a novel story. They have captured the smallest of details and emotions within the story and have taken it forward with every scene. There is never a boring moment in Gravity because there is a lot happening every moment. Cuarón’s attention to detail while instructing Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is absolutely brilliant. We see our home planet Earth at angles never seen before. Other details are also captured with finesse. The background score is very energetic; it engrosses the audience and complements the grand visual setting perfectly. Patrons experience nail-biting action sequences – look out for the fire sequence in the film. It is just one of the many thrills that Gravity has in store. One more integral aspect really worth mentioning here is the 3D, which had a lot of depth even though I saw it in a non-IMAX theatre.
This is one of the best Hollywood films that I have seen after the Harry Potter franchise. Gravity in terms of visuals is better than James Cameron’s Avatar made back in 2008. While Avatar was about another planet, this one is about the intimate experience in space in the vicinity of Earth. This movie will stay with me for a long time. I’m going with a weighty rating of four- and- a- half out of five for this one. It is a cinematic masterpiece that must not be missed! Watch it in IMAX if you have one in your city to get the extra dimension, or else in a theater with good quality 3D projection and glasses.
(Watch the trailer in the maximum quality if your network is fast enough)