Gravity

2222f3bfa7044f4dc2bb2bff4049d85dGravity is a multi-award winning sci-fi thriller, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, playing on the fear of being stuck in Space.

After debris hits and damages their Space shuttle, Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) must find a way to get back to earth. Through many nail-biting moments and drama, their attempt to survive looks hopeless.

Since Gravity hit the high street shelves, following a successful term on the big silver screen, there has been a lot of talk about how great this film is and why it was so deserving of numerous awards at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. We suggest you believe the rumours, because this film takes special effects to a whole new level.

Despite many Space nerds commenting on the scientific inaccuracies of the film, such as Sandra Bullock’s hair not floating in Space, this is overshadowed by the creative love and thought put into this film. In many parts of Gravity, the audience is put into the perspective of Dr Ryan Stone, which highlights the strain and terror she’s under, making it almost unbearable to watch.

For George Clooney fans, you may be disappointed to find out that he only plays a minor role, but one he portrays brilliantly. Matt Kowalsky is an experienced astronaut, embarking on his last mission before he retires. To make light of the plot, Matt Kowalsky is responsible for many of the witty remarks in the film, but they’re cleverly placed so the sci-fi thriller attributes are not removed.

The majority of the film is solely focused on Sandra Bullock’s character, making her very first mission into Space. For Dr Ryan Stone, she is tested to her limits and fighting against nature to stay alive. We felt immediately gripped by this character, not just because of her admiration to fight but the things you begin to learn about Sandra Bullock’s role makes you feel emotionally attached (hence the Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role).

The downside of this film was the length of it. Director Alfonso Cuarón crams almost everything that could possibly go wrong in Space that you’re tempted to scroll through to the last 15 minutes. Gravity may be the same length as the average film, but felt this was only because you were given a guide to how many things could potentially kill you if you go to Space.

Gravity provides all the right ingredients for a sci-fi thriller, from the action-packed moments to the reminder that we’re just a speck of dust in comparison to what’s beyond planet Earth.

This DVD is recommended for those who enjoyed Castaway (starring Tom Hanks), chair-gripping moments and of course Space.

8/10

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