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October 11, 2013

'Gravity' soars

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“Gravity” (Drama/Science-Fiction: 1 hour, 31 minutes)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Rated: PG-13 (Intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language)
 
Movie Review: Academy Award nominee Alfonso Cuarón has just ensured himself another Oscar nomination for next year’s ceremonies. “Gravity” is a gratifying space drama with plenty of thrills.
Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), an engineer on her debut shuttle mission, and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) are last survivors of the shuttle Explorer after a catastrophic accident. They float in space trying to survive after their shuttle is damaged by space debris. The darkness and silence of space inspire panic, and they are diminishing their oxygen supply.
The thought of drifting in outer space with no means to stop is a terrifying concept. This thought drives the film. If one wants to join Bullock and Clooney in their disoriented state of space drifting, watch this film in 3-D. It is a perfect film for this type of movie viewing.   
Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón, script one of this year’s most creative and intense films. The film cleverly uses a small cast and simple plot to create cinematic originality. The film has thrills and a talented cast and turns those variables into a screenplay that easily increases one’s apprehension.  
Viewers should easily find themselves trying to aid the astronauts. This screenplay gives us little time to know Dr. Stone or Commander Kowalsky, but it is not necessary to know them to feel for their predicament. A pressing need is evident; they need assistance. The want for these two people to achieve that assistance is paramount.  
The Cuarón father-son team does a great job of making the audience feel they are there. You feel for their characters. You see two people trying to survive in the harshest of environments, the expanse of space.

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