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Gravity

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Posted: Tue Sep 3 2013

The word ‘breathtaking’ is bandied about a lot, but when was the last time a film truly had the power to leave its audience gasping for air, pinned to their seats, sick and dizzy? In ‘Gravity’, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play nervous newbie astronaut Dr Ryan Stone and seasoned pro Matt Kowalsky, whose work on the Hubble Space Telescope is violently interrupted by a catastrophic debris collision. Cut off from ground communications and drifting in space, their only hope lies in making it to the International Space Station before Stone’s air supply runs out.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón already displayed the depths of his skill with ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Children of Men’: think of the eight-minute shakycam battle scene in the latter, as he zoomed from bloody close-up to hectic overview without breaking the shot. But nothing he has done before comes close to matching the astonishing beauty, force and originality of ‘Gravity’. This isn’t just the best-looking film of the year, it’s one of the most awe-inspiring achievements in the history of special-effects cinema. So it’s a shame that – as is so often the case with groundbreaking effects movies – the emotional content can’t quite compete with the visual.

The first half is close to flawless. Like the astronauts, Cuarón’s ‘camera’ is completely untethered, allowing for astonishing feats of cinematic dexterity: as Stone spirals off into deep space, spinning uncontrollably, we overtake and travel inside her helmet, her breath the only thing we can hear, her panicked gaze becoming the camera’s view. The effect is nauseating, but gloriously so.

But then reality intrudes, and the film loses pace. Played lightly, Stone’s tragic backstory would have been a powerful emotional kicker. Yet as ‘Gravity’ nears its conclusion, honest sentiment is replaced by weepy mawkishness. Ironically, the effect is to push us away from the characters, and out of the flawless, all-encompassing imaginative space that Cuarón has so painstakingly created. Still, despite these flaws, ‘Gravity’ is cinema in its very purest, boldest form, and it’ll leave you weak at the knees.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 8, 2013

Duration:

90 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón

Screenwriter:

Alfonso Cuarón, Jonas Cuaron

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Tom Huddleston is a joke. 97% for Gravity? Sure, it is visually amazing, but it is also ridiculously implausible and let's face it, Sandra Bullock is Meh. Seriously, get a real job. 

Pip

It's beautifully shot, it has a quiet meditative quality, and it's a brave solo, inner kind of film. But it doesn't achieve the transcendence it's going for.

tabii

DISAPPOINTING. WHERE WAS GEORGE CLOONEY WHEN SANDRA WAS FLOATING AROUND IN SPACE> WHEREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE #searchforgeorge

mummybadger

Not Alien is it? Whether the film was any good or not is hard for me to tell. Did anyone else have technical problems with this film? I saw it in a Cineworld cinema in 3D, a process I really don't care for. Most of the time I couldn't tell what was going on. It was like watching a movie on TV with the brightness turned down.

Sarah

Good movie, a little bit to Hollywood-esque at times (really, another meteor storm?), but a star performance by only two actors in a movie that is over before you know it. The filmography is absolutely fantastic and due to being in space, more special effects were possible, without becoming overly unrealistic. Recommended!

James

Nobody seems to get the point. Stone losing her child is important otherwise there is no story. That's the reality. Someone fighting to rebuild her life after great loss. The whole space thing is just an allegory. Pointless, therefore, to squabble about the scientific accuracy of the film or any perceived lack of action.

James

Nobody seems to get the point. Stone losing her child is important otherwise there is no story. That's the reality. Someone fighting to rebuild her life after great loss. The whole space thing is just an allegory. Pointless, therefore, to squabble about the scientific accuracy of the film or any perceived lack of action.

Michael

Brilliant. Genius. Five out of five. Amazing shots, great story, good acting, finally something different and without guns. What is left other than the human condition- not so interesting- the real frontier- space- and it is realised in physical exertion, fear and. . confronting the human condition but where it meets physical exertion and fear, thus providing possible means of moving beyond the human condition.

Michael

Brilliant. Genius. Five out of five. Amazing shots, great story, good acting, finally something different and without guns. What is left other than the human condition- not so interesting- the real frontier- space- and it is realised in physical exertion, fear and. . confronting the human condition but where it meets physical exertion and fear, thus providing possible means of moving beyond the human condition.

franck

I have to respect the people who fell asleep during the film as I read above, but it s the first time I ve heard myself shouting wouah at the cinema during a scene! yes, I felt tense and even if I am not the biggest fan of bullock and Clooney , I did appreciate bullock acting. if you are a movie lover, you have to see it... and I also disagree about the lack of storyline...what did the people expect, a alien intervention?I don't said you will love or even like it, but you have to admire the work put in this movie.

franck

I have to respect the people who fell asleep during the film as I read above, but it s the first time I ve heard myself shouting wouah at the cinema during a scene! yes, I felt tense and even if I am not the biggest fan of bullock and Clooney , I did appreciate bullock acting. if you are a movie lover, you have to see it... and I also disagree about the lack of storyline...what did the people expect, a alien intervention?I don't said you will love or even like it, but you have to admire the work put in this movie.

MikeT

The advantage the old (pay for it) Time Out used to have was that it didn't have to suck up to advertisers - it would say a film was mediocre, or worse, when a film was mediocre - or worse. Both Gravity and Don Jon have been given 4 stars, and are nowhere in that league. To my mind 4 stars puts a film in the league of films very likely to be Oscar nominated - like Philomena. Truth be told, I though Gravity was a bit of a bore - it went on and on. It's not that a find space movies boring - Apollo 13 was good. Finding herself alone in space, Bulloch manages to destroy several space ships - one caught fire, she crashed another, maybe she also let the third one catch fire - by that stage I was getting bored. Was there a fourth she managed to wreck? My overwhelming feeling on leaving the cinema was that I wouldn't let a woman drive my spaceship.

LBrown

T Huddleston's review, like many others I've read, just leaves me feeling more disappointed and wondering what's wrong with me. I saw it in 3d but didn't experience any of the panic, loss of breath, dizziness, etc that TH and others did. Perhaps it was the afternoon audience of pensioners all around me, at least 3 of which spent most of the film rustling in their Sainsbury's carrier bags for snacks, which ruined the atmosphere. However, I've had this problem with elderly audiences before (and I'm not young myself) but if the film has been good enough I've managed to ignore it. Unfortunately, Gravity just didn't hold my attention and I kept waiting for the story and some element of suspense to kick in and get me empathising with the actors so I could actually feel something other than irritation at the bag rustlers and boredom with what was happening on screen. The ending couldn't come soon enough and all I could think about it was that Sandra B must have lungs of steel and wondering if I could hold my breath for that long and is that the way astronauts are taught to exit a space pod because it seems a bit dangerous to say the least. Sorry to all the people who obviously had a much better experience with this film than I did. Blame it on an afternoon showing at Exeter PictureHouse if you like (personally, I'd rather watch paint dry than see this film in 3d, or any other d, again).

Adam

I literally don't know what planet some of these people are on! This is without doubt the film of the decade, let alone the year! Stunning. Breathtaking. Nail-bitting. And every other adjective under the sun. My hands were sweaty. And I forgot to breathe. This is cinema at its finest. Sometimes the best films are those without an intricate plot. Just lose yourself in the power of film-making and don't let go of your companion's hand!

Adam

I literally don't know what planet some of these people are on! This is without doubt the film of the decade, let alone the year! Stunning. Breathtaking. Nail-bitting. And every other adjective under the sun. My hands were sweaty. And I forgot to breathe. This is cinema at its finest. Sometimes the best films are those without an intricate plot. Just lose yourself in the power of film-making and don't let go of your companion's hand!

Antony woodward

Pretty boring stuff, should have gone to see the councillor. We waited for the end, just to say we had seen it, but with most reviewers giving this old tosh 4 or 5 stars out of 5, we thought there might have been some non. predictable, plot or even conclusion. Decent dialogue would have been good too. Phill omens ,was excellent , way beet than this, and Captain Phillips of the highest order. What do film critics base their reviews on? Cannot be anything to do with entertainment. Plenty of Hubble telescope views if that's what you want.

tony

I'm old enough to have seen 2001 a Space Odyssey in Cinerama, which in some ways this film resembles. Both are immersive movies, they make you feel what it must be like in space, both could be criticised for their plots and characterisation. Kubrick however, could never have been accused of mawkishness, like the latter parts of this movie. One thing that Cuaron did, that I think was a major weakness for me, was too many "just in time!" moments, it made it more formulaic than it needed to be. All in all, though, I really enjoyed the experience, but it makes me appreciate even more the old tech SFX of 2001. It's been a long wait since 1968!

Complots

Surely Comatose would have been a more apt name. 90 mins of SFX and absolutely nothing else. So absurd is this movie that when Bullock's character is swimming I was half expecting the the swamp creature from Lord of the Rings to wrap a tentacle round her leg and drag her back in.

Balders

I can't get the time back , and a lot of the people coming out of the cinema were very disappointed as well ! Although this is visually well done and the special effects are very good , the story is repetitive and dull ! With the danger of sounding slightly mad, I feel that having a conversation with my cat may be more stimulating .

Anastazja Oppenheim

In times when a minute-long Google search allows you to watch almost anything for free (if not always legally), filmmakers must look for new ways of attracting audiences to the cinema. Perhaps that's what Alfonso Cuaron had in mind when he directed "Gravity" - a movie that has to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated. The plot itself is its weakest point: for over 90 minutes, we mostly observe Sandra Bullock trying to survive one spaceship failure after another, although there are a few interesting twists and insights into the character's psyche. But more than a story, "Gravity" is an experience. The visuals are so convincing, that when a few drops of water fall on the camera, many people instinctively reach to wipe their 3D glasses. In a way, the film feels like one of there simulator rides in amusement parks - but it's one hell of a ride.

Ged

A firm of two extremes - one the one hand the most spectacular visuals, and on the other the weak script and characterisations. The plot starts of as quite plausible but about 45 minutes in descends into farce as the Sandra Bullock character fights to survive progressively difficult situations. Clooney's character was wooden and completely unrealistic - more like Buzz Lightyear than a real NASA astronaut. Sandra Bullock initially turned down her part in this film, and in hindsight maybe that would have been a wise decision. Her acting talents were ill-matched to this film and her character lacked depth and emotional involvement. For a film that made high claims about its realism, there were many numerous technical errors in the storyline too. The zero-g effects were initially quite convincing, but in many cases the characters appeared to be hanging on the bits of spacecraft like someone holding on to a plane in flight, when in reality there would have been no net forces pulling them away from the structure like that. Loss of comms to the ground would not have occured given the scenario presented. Getting from one spacecraft to another in the manner portrayed would never have been possible due to the enormous delta-V's involved. Etc etc...And as for the final sequence, well just ridiculous IMHO.

Janet jones

This film was extremely boring and I really struggled to stay awake. On a good note it was visually good but lacked a storyline and was didn't appeal to me at all.

Juan Carlos

I agree with a number of the reviews in that it is a film of two halves. The first half is stunning and must be seen on the biggest best screen you can. However it is all really rather ruined by an insipid second half. I found it difficult to warm to Bullock's character and on a number of occasions the script loses grip on reality and to that extent the film drifts to a rather disappointing end. I wanted to like it more but overall an OK 3 star film.

Bigsands

Just seen this movie and it was visually stunning, but that's it. I wouldn't recommend it and the Vue Cinema tried to show too many previews and adverts before the film started which was just annoying. Let me know what you think of it via Twitter @bigsands.

John a

Stunning film, sit back and enjoy, don't worry about any missing 'back story or emotional plot padding.. You make you own while watching the amazing spectacle and imagining what it would be like .Made more stunning for me having not read any reviews or knowing any plot details. Watched in the good old Coranet Cinema Notting Hill, which having no naff ad's or trailers before the film sets the scene for 'the out of this world experience'.

John a

Stunning film, sit back and enjoy, don't worry about any missing 'back story or emotional plot padding.. You make you own while watching the amazing spectacle and imagining what it would be like .Made more stunning for me having not read any reviews or knowing any plot details. Watched in the good old Coranet Cinema Notting Hill, which having no naff ad's or trailers before the film sets the scene for 'the out of this world experience'.

Carole

I am sorry for not posting Spoiler Alerts before I posted my thoughtless review of this movie. I didn't think of that and I apologize.

Carole

I agree completely that this movie is cut in 1/2. I was totally into it, and then....pfffft....like the air going out of a balloon by the end of it. I really hated that Clooney was killed off because he was so good when he was on-screen. I got tired of Bullock's constant panting. By the end of the movie, she had been through so many things happening to her, that I was waiting for the shark in the water in which she landed.

Rob

BEST film i have ever seen. Don't buy into this "the emotions fail" bollocks. This film is unreal and is better than any cinema i have ever seen. Sandra Bullock is amazing in this. See it before you listen to any reviewers - including me! Go in IMAX 3D - an experience yo will never forget.

Rob

BEST film i have ever seen. Don't buy into this "the emotions fail" bollocks. This film is unreal and is better than any cinema i have ever seen. Sandra Bullock is amazing in this. See it before you listen to any reviewers - including me! Go in IMAX 3D - an experience yo will never forget.

Justin Berkovi

An accurate review. I saw Gravity last night at the IMAX and it was great of the BFI to bring along the director to introduce the film. Gravity is unfortunately extremely flawed - visually it is superb. The huge IMAX 3D screen is THE place to see this film. There are genuine moments of terror, suspense and awe. But once the visuals have impressed, the film, like space itself seems incredibly empty. The script is extremely weak, the lighthearted tone jarrs with the severity of the scenes being portrayed on screen and whilst the entire film is quite enjoyable it just cannot deliver what it could have promised. Bullock is great, Clooney a little annoying...it's an odd film Gravity - it's almost as though like space 'gravity' or 'gravitas' has been removed from the film completely. It's not all bad though - although lacking punch through it's plot and script some of the visuals are truly breathtaking right through to the end. Definitely worth a watch but could have been better.