Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) 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 of space. 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. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expance of space…
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Nothing is the answer to that question! The special effects were just alright. The concept of the movie was alright. *Spoiler* how could George Clooney go out like that? That was so lame! Someone other than Sandra Bullock should have been cast for this movie. She can't hold the audiences attention for an extended period of time. A disappointing movie after all the rave reviews that it received. Watching the Just Seen It review for this film makes me realize that those guys are morons! A movie that some will enjoy but a little too repetitive and not enough suspenseful action scenes. 4.5/10
watched the trailer and that's all i needed to see. they don't show you all the trash floating around up there or even a distant satellite cruising by. great views of earth and space and again the earth from a distance you they don't show you how diseased the earth has become from the human population and industrial impact that is killing our earth. earth will only tolerated so much until it decides to get rid of us and alter our perfect puny lives forever and for what, to have our perfect little communities where our houses are ten feet apart from each other. shit is ridiculous. population is out of control and i don't see it slowing down anytime soon till its to late.
This movie flat out sucked. The only redeeming qualities this movie has is some dazzling special effects, George Clooney and maybe one or two good scenes. Other than that, this movie is one giant snore fest.
I like Sandra Bullock, but I found her character to be dull, flat and hard to understand. Very closed off individual that in the end left me not caring whether she lived or died. I think I would've liked this a lot better if this movie was about George Clooney, because his character was stellar and plenty to route for. Bullock... not so much.
Overall, disappointing and lackluster. Not worth all the attention it gets.
I recently saw Gravity then I watched the review above. And all I can say is "Damn" I never, ever agree with movie critics or reviewers like the ones above, BUT this time they got it right imo. Gravity was just short of being excellent. And 90% of that was because of the visual effects. I have never seen anything like that before. And I wish now that I could have seen it in IMAX. It was visually stunning. I don't know how they did what they did, but I am sure looking forward to them doing more of it. If this was a preview of what's to come with visual effects, then bring it on, I'm ready. Now the story wasn't anything new. Just another disaster movie, but in space. And as for George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, they did the best they could with what they had to work with. Because it was obvious that character development and story was NOT the emphasis of this film. It was totally the visual effects and that's exactly where it succeeded. It was visually stunning. And the only reason I did not give it an excellent 5 star rating is because I wanted more. It seemed to be over too quickly and I just wasn't ready for it to end. And I'm sure the reason for that was probably $. Because the longer it goes the more $ it's going to cost. Well I sure hope it did well at the Box Office because I would love to see another one. Only this time make it Bigger, Better and most of all Longer!!!
Went to see this film (in 3D). I hate the glasses. They make everything too dark and that results in a poor visual experience. This film might have been better in 2D and no dark glasses.
Overall this was a good idea for a space disaster adventure film. Special effects are stunning. Clooney and Bullock both try as hard as then can to salvage the poor storyline and to some degree they succeed because they are both excellent actors.
I think the director felt that he needed to hit us over the head with metaphors. Not necessary. A straight up disaster film would have stood up just fine without any of the silly metaphors. One scene in particular in which Sandra Bullock emerges from her spacesuit inside a capsule. She slowly forms herself into a fetal position (backlit of course). This is reminiscent of the fetus in the womb photo we are all familiar with. The metaphor is both silly and way too long.
Still, the film is visually interesting because the graphics are so well put together. I just wish there was a story to match.
Certainly worth a Netflix shot. I'm sure I wouldn't pop for it in a theater again.
My main complaints may only be a function of my slightly advanced age -- first off, some movies simply don't work well (in the case of "Gravity", not at all) in 3D. I had the same problem with the re-release of "Titanic" in the murky underwater scenes, where the luminosity is cut down by the 3D glasses by about 20%. Same problem with an outer space flick, repeatedly removing and replacing the specs, trying to decide which I preferred to get the most out of it; eventually I settled on not wearing them. Also, the "get-up-and-turn-the-volume-down" syndrome plagued me for much of the film, while other critical scenes like setup at the very beginning were little more than a whisper, leaving me with a slew of unanswered questions such as, the voices laughing at her (from the Chinese station?). Perhaps Imax would have been much better.
Nice tho that director Cuaron focused on palatable science fiction featuring present-day technology, and no scary aliens.
The human will to survive catastrophe has been depicted in various elements. While 'Castaway' was about the desperate attempt to get off an island, 'Life of Pi' was about getting onto one. Mountaineers, sailors, disaster survivors and characters genuinely lost, have battled natural elements and phenomena to delineate the human will that defeats all odds. What director Alfonso Cuaron ('Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban', 'Children of Men') does now is suspend a human in an environment of void against some spectacular backdrop, occasionally exposed to threatening objects with the challenge to survive and find a way back home. 'Gravity' soars on the technical genius of a visionary film-maker and his incredible team that creates the adventure in the great spatial void while masking the logic, science and pragmatism with which two astronauts struggle to survive flying debris and vacuum.
Sandra Bullock is Dr. Ryan Stone, who is awkwardly on a space outing to repair parts of the Hubble telescope, along with Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and the funny Indian astronaut who met a quick fateful end. The Rom-Com specialist doesn't have to deal with much Speed this time around but rather prolonged silence, desperation and inexperience of maneuvering in space. The funny conversations and meticulous processes of repair are abruptly halted by NASA's command to abort the mission due to some flying debris being closer to them than was originally conceived. Russia's missile launch onto their own satellite resulted in this havoc in space that led to severe and totalitarian destruction of human objects around Earth's orbit.
With their shuttle suffering carnage by the flying debris, Ryan spins over and over desperate for balance, semblance and reserve until the cool-headed Matt attaches himself to her with a cord as he cruises along toward the I.S.S. with his thrusters. As the communication with mission control is broken and their oxygen levels run low, Matt maintains positivity with his corny conversations, punchlines and his endearing gallantry; a result of which leaves Ryan little time, hope and options. With the debris completing its rotation every 90 mins, Dr Stone must find a pod from one of the space stations that can take her back to Earth, gravity and home.
Much of the drama in space is accompanied by spells of silence, emptiness, and Ryan talking to herself. The thrills are provided by the struggles of moving in space and of course the oncoming debris that creates havoc. Thus, one would think that for the most part, Cuaron's focus would be on character building, plot progression, emotions in precarious situations and alluring powers of a strong cast that can enthrall audiences against the dark background of space. Instead, the director chooses to cast two of the foremost Rom-Com actors in lead roles. When Sandra Bullock isn't gasping for the scarce oxygen, she still sounds as panic stricken as she did when she had to make a sharp turn in a bus speeding at 80mph. George Clooney may have the voice that warrants attention but his charm seems a bit out of this world in the context. One has a difficult time relating to these actors whose backgrounds are solely in their own memory, their body language is only that of suspension in vacuum in a space suit and then there's one more element that doesn't quite help them.
With its sheer lack of life, Space does not offer much in thrills, excitement or the unexpected. Ang Lee had a tiger, a hyena, whales, birds, rodents and storms that challenged Pi on his boat ride. Tom Hanks had weather, starvation, injuries, boat building, fire making and fishing as challenges. Ryan does have to find her way into a pod and release it from a station but the only threat really is that of the flying debris. The rest of us mortal beings who haven't been in space cannot relate to the challenges of maneuvering in space, getting in and out of a suit, breathing inside the helmet on depleted O2 or understanding Russian and Chinese equally well to control space stations. That's precisely where Cuaron uses the best of modern film technologies to captivate audiences and overcome such issues. What the actors can't make up for, their surroundings do. What the notion of flying debris cannot do, their velocity can and what the vastness of space cannot do, the moving camera angles can. The Cuarons have written a tight storyline that doesn't just wander in space. If the action isn't frequent, the sense of its coming surely is. There is no back-story of the actors nor is there a flashback of their memories.
From the beginning, Gravity pulls you into space and impresses you with its visuals and excitement when the astronaut has barely any metal to grab onto for dear life. Many of those moments can make you clench your fist and that's exactly where the film leaves its mark. As unreal as it seems, the film makers have convinced us that we are really up there, suspended in space, faced with flying debris and barely a handle to hold on to.
The post production work on 3D is good, yet non overbearing. Its main contribution is the flying debris that comes onto you but other than that, the great void doesn't have any object jumping out of the screen to impress with 3D.
Alfonso Cuaron has directed a well-paced storyline with an exemplary vision, realized by a very talented technical team that quite literally takes us beyond our realm. The story's linear nature and pace release the pressure from actors to portray more emotion and movement than required. It could very well be Sandra Bullock's best performance but that's not really setting any standards is it.....?
In the end however, Gravity is about the triumph of human will to survive and endure through its adversities even though, it seems to fall short of being one of those 'epic' tales. Yet, it is genuinely, a triumph of technologies in cinema when you view our spectacular world from up there.
- 8.004 on a scale of 1-10.