Come on, any sci-fi fan has been waiting for this movie! Not just science fiction geeks though, before seeing it I’d heard a lot of good reviews from most people. I went to see it two weeks ago with a friend, having heard that you really did have to go and see it in 3D, so we did and I struggled with the 3D glasses over my own!Image

Needless to say, this is going to be one of those countless good reviews of the movie. Because it was pretty damn spectacular.

Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, a cast guaranteed to attract attention, and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), who I mostly recognised as one of the producers from one of my favorite films, Pan’s Labyrinth, Gravity was set up to be a great film. The plot was a little clichéd. First time astronaut working with an experienced one who is completing his last ever mission. Of course, everything goes wrong for them when a debris field hits the International Space Station and their shuttle. They attempt to space walk to some of the other space stations in an attempt to get home, and more things go wrong. Sounds pretty simple, and it really is. But of course, a great movie doesn’t need loads of twists and turns and a complicated plot line that you can barely follow. No matter how simple it was, it has me tensed all the way through because the apprehension and fear you felt for the characters was unbelievable.

The visuals were sensational. The shots were incredible. Most of the time you couldn’t help but wonder at how beautiful it all looked. Especially in 3D which just became part of the film-it wasn’t irritating or even obvious- it just looked real, and had me blinking like a maniac when the debris field completed orbit and hit again. And the sound was just as excellent as the visual effects. The silence was deafening, intense and terrifying. At the beginning and throughout the film has silence which then faded out into being really really loud, which immediately made you rigid. Hats off to Cuarón.Image

And finally, the acting. I suppose with only two main characters they the time to really shine, and they certainly did. Both Clooney and Bullock were excellent, Bullock making you feel sorry and afraid for her, Clooney making you laugh at his rambling stories. Usually I don’t really pay attention to an all-star cast, as long as the acting is good I will appreciate it. This was a film with an all-star cast and great acting. Without them, it would have been just as spectacular, but nowhere near as good.

Verdict: Great visuals, great sound, great acting, even if the plot was a little cliché. 4/5

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