The science-fiction thriller of the year, if not the decade, and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity follows the brilliant medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) on her first shuttle mission, along with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes; the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky to work together to survive after the accident leaves them completely alone and adrift in space, tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.
Quickly rising to the top of my favourite films list, Gravity is a captivating thriller featuring mind-blowing special effects, powerful story telling, and technological advances beyond all compare.
Gravity really is a cinematic experience, which deserves many awards for director Alfonso Cuaron‘s dedication alone. But what’s so great about Gravity is that it really makes you part of the experience. It’s almost claustrophobic at times, as if you’re in a small room with little air one minute then being swung around in the infinity of space the next. By the end all you want to do is take in a big breathe of fresh air, forgetting that we had a full supply whilst we suffered with the characters that didn’t for 90 minutes straight.
For this reason, the film also excels because of its performances, which are depended on heavily. Sandra Bullock is absolutely phenomenal and this is the best performance I have ever seen from her. Whilst there’s also a fantastic support from George Clooney from time to time, it all comes down to Bullock to hold your attention, fear, and the entire suspense of the film, and she does so superbly.
On a side note, I also love that Gravity proves that the use of a fire extinguisher in space seen in the animation Wall-e was accurate. Who knew?!