Rebirth. The subject of Alfonso Cuaron’s latest film, “Gravity”.
Imagine yourself floating in the darkness of space where you’re subject to extreme temperatures and getting from point A to point B isn’t as simple as walking. “Gravity” makes you realize just how nightmarish this situation can be and creates the ultimate edge-of-your-seat experience.
“Gravity” is the story of a team of astronauts who are sent into space in order to work on the Hubble telescope. When a Russian satellite explodes, debris is sent into orbit at the same altitude and leaves astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) with a damaged shuttle and no means of getting back to Earth.
The tension comes from the constant race against the clock, whether it is a depleting source of oxygen or the 90 minutes it takes for the debris to orbit the Earth destroying anything in its path, all while in the harsh environment of space.
On paper, that doesn’t sound like much, but in reality, space becomes the ultimate antagonist in the film and the struggle to survive becomes the main goal.
Claustrophobia refers to a disorder where people get uncomfortable in tight spaces but “Gravity” gives you the same discomfort in the wide open vastness of space.
“Gravity” is also full of beautiful symbolism as Bullock’s character is reborn on her journey back to Earth. Vivid scenes of her on the International Space Station in the fetal position with her harness acting as an umbilical cord and her adjustment to gravity acting as if she is walking for the first time.
“Gravity” is unlike any movie you’ve seen before and creates a true sense of helplessness for the audience. With a limited cast and the subtleties of the haunting score and lack of sound in space, “Gravity” will have you holding on to your seat from beginning to end.
The film is also available in 3D which actually enhances the movie going experience by giving the audience a sense of depth to the environment.
My only real complaint was that some scenes are filmed in a way where audience members may get nauseated. I liked where they were going with some of the 0 gravity camera work and first person shots but as someone who typically doesn’t get nauseated, I couldn’t imagine how those susceptible to being queasy would react.
The film clocks in at 90 minutes and is devoid of any wasted scenes. In fact, there is so much going on, the viewer doesn’t even think about the fact that the whole movie only really has 2 actors with face time.
“Gravity” brought in just over $55.6 million this past opening weekend and I highly recommend this film to anyone looking for a unique movie going experience.