Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Dangers of space.
Hype. You never know what to expect when an over-hyped film will live up to its praise or fall flat in the dirt. It’s a tough call, because if a movie doesn’t live up to its praise, then that immediately means the movie isn’t perfect. Well, not many movies can really relish in the “perfection” label, so we make do with…almost perfect. Gravity has been making rounds lately, both for its beautiful imagery, suspenseful story, and great use of post-processed 3D (fake). Get ready America, because I’m film’s toughest critic. Well…not really, but I was open to either love or hate this film. I was leaning more for the “love” by the end, but I don’t see this film as perfect.
Space…the final frontier…well maybe not, but it might be after the events in this film. While floating around doing routine work, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney) are hit by satellite debris flying by as fast as a speeding bullet, and the debris tears the shuttle apart, killing crew members. All that was left was Stone and Kowalski as they make their way to space station to space station on limited fuel and oxygen in order to find an escape pod back to Earth.
I want to first comment on the 3D side of things. I watched this film in 3D, but was not overly impressed with that specific aspect. That doesn’t mean I’m right and you’re wrong, it just means I wasn’t really impressed, and the same may happen for you. That being said, 2D or 3D, this film is immaculate. It doesn’t really matter or change the outcome of the experience if you see it in either format. I’ll say, however, if you got the money to invest into a 3D experience, go for it. You will enjoy the movie either way.
Now I want to talk about the plot. I’m not one of those that necessarily love plots exclusively dealing with one idea…specifically speaking “to escape”. That’s just me though, and I’m glad of how they actually dealt with it. They basically said – we are going to escape, and to do that, we will have to do this, then that, then finally that. That’s a solid plot, solid direction, and solid speed bumps along the way, which is honestly all I could ever ask for in a movie.
Speaking of the speed bumps, the entire film works based on the level of constant tenseness throughout the film. Will they make it, will they die? There’s no way to know. You are rooting for them, but at the same time, wouldn’t be surprised if they died. It was just too realistic. There is no sound in space, all you really hear throughout the film is what the astronauts hear inside of the spacesuits. Things tear apart, and all you hear is silence. This is the most dangerous and vast I’ve ever seen space presented as, which makes this film entirely unique and special.
The visuals and science wasn’t the only thing that was realistic or believable, so was the acting. Clooney and Bullock shine every second that they act. You forget who they even are, or the fact that you’ve seen them in a thousand other films numerous times before. You are so invested in their characters, it was as if you’ve known them your whole life while still meeting them for the first time, which is a pretty special experience.
Gravity shines in its visuals, acting, and unforgiving suspense. It reminds you of why movies taking place in space shouldn’t be overlooked. There is a lot to offer in the huge canvas that is outer space.