The opening sequence of the new movie, Gravity, is set in the darkness of outer space. You can hear two voices from a distance that slowly become audible as two figures in space suits come into view. Two astronauts, George Clooney's Matt Kowalski and Sandra Bullock's Dr. Ryan Stone are adrift in space, 370 miles above the earth's surface, the only survivors of a failed space mission.
The first 13 minutes of this film will go into the history books as one of the longest and most beautifully filmed, un-interrupted scenes in movie history. And this is just the beginning of 90 minutes of heart-stopping events that transcend anything we've seen before. Space debris has destroyed their shuttle and Clooney figures they've got ninety minutes before it will have circled the earth and come back again. There are other space stations within range, but can they get there before oxygen and jet pack fuel runs out?
Matt Kowalski is a space veteran on his last mission, always cool and calm and a perfect role for George Clooney. Sandra Bullock has a chance to show what a fine actress she is as a scientist, on her first space mission, and scared to death - a possibility that is all too close. Even with minimal dialogue these two are able to convey the awe, the thrills and fears that accompany a human being in outer space.
The film was directed by Alfonso Cuaron and written by him and his son, Jonas. And although the story has a few holes in it, the stunning cinematogrpahy by Emmanuel Lubezki is so outstanding that it more then makes up for a few lapses in logic. The views of earth, the rising and setting sun and reflections seen from the astronaut's helmuts are remarkable.
Gravity was filmed in 3-D and try to see it that way. You'll have an unforgettable and lasting experience.
Time: 90 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language.
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