Gravity FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Warner Bros. Pictures, Esperanto Filmoj and Heyday Films present a PG-13, 90 minute, drama, mystery, sci-fi, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, written by Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron with a theater release date of October 4, 2013.
Life in space is impossible and at 600 KM above Earth with temperatures that vary between +258 and -148 there’s no sound, no air pressure and no oxygen. Doctor Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) has only had six months of training to prepare for this mission in space working alongside veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) and astronaut Shariff (Paul Sharma) to repair some issues on a U.S. satellite. Kowalski is testing a jet pack while floating around the satellite when suddenly a voice (Ed Harris) from Mission Control warns the three astronauts to abort their mission. Apparently there is an incident with a Russian satellite and dangerous debris is headed their way.
Too late, in space you hear nothing but visually the audience experiences the horrific destruction of the satellite as one astronaut gets killed and one is cast off into the unknown. Sometime later when the astronauts seek safety back at the Explorer they encounter that there one hope to get home is forever destroyed and satellites all over the world are no longer functional which in turn cuts off communications on planet Earth and in space. In an effort to make it to the space station, Kowalski and Stone once again encounter a debris storm which not only separates the two last astronauts in space but leaves nothing behind and for one remaining astronaut the only hope left for survival is help from the Russians or the Chinese. Every ninety minutes that space debris is back to wreak havoc on what is left in its path having no mercy and being silent but very deadly. Lost in space with only memories of her daughter Stone leaves a message for her as she works to find a will to survive and find a way home.
Truly an outstanding film, brilliantly directed and written with a perfect amount of viewing time at ninety minutes but I must say for once I wish it may have been slightly longer. The silence is engaging yet intense and the cinematography is out of this world, gorgeous and breath-taking to say the least. A very small cast this story in a small amount of time develops the main characters making the audience become invested in their lives and their fight for survival. All that said the 3D in this story really works and absolutely enhances the whole experience of outer space and the planet we know as home.
Bullock is spot on and by all means deserves an Oscar nod for her portrayal of a women astronaut trapped in the depths of outer space. Her voice, her facial expressions, her acting and just her overall believability of her character is superb as she all out controls this story from beginning to end. Clooney of course does a great job supporting Bullock’s character but I felt his roll which is spotlighted from start to finish could have fallen into the hands of other lead actors that would have performed just as well. It is Bullock who can pull off comedy extremely well that proves she is a force to be reckoned with no matter what the genre. I think we’ll be hearing quite a bit about this film come awards time in Hollywood and rightfully so. Written and enjoyed especially for some of the best visuals of any film in quite some time with three and a half paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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