Gravity (2013)

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Dr. Ryan Stone: “Don’t let go.”

When I was a kid, once I dreamed to be an astronaut. And sometimes my friends like to scare me that astronauts might not get back to Earth for several reasons, like running out of oxygen. Now I get to see Sandra Bullock and George Clooney floats around in space, a situation like once I used to fear.

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer doing her first space mission, accompanied by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). Everything seems smooth and goes as planned, until a Russian satellite was destroyed by their own missile, and the extremely high speed debris are going Stone and Kowalski’s way. Out of nowhere, shower of the satellite debris come right at them and destroyed their space shuttle, leaving them completely alone 600 km above Earth.

Low on oxygen and jet-pack fuel, Stone and Kowalski are stranded in zero-gravity environment. The communications with the terrestrial space command are lost, and they have to rely on each other to survive in this extreme environment. And in the next 90 minutes, their hope on survival could get destroyed—by the debris itself. And things are gonna get worse, believe me.

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One word—or two: Visually stunning. Director Alfonso Cuarón—which has been on a hiatus after his last feature film, Children of Men—made a great comeback with this critically acclaimed survival sci-fi drama, Gravity, soaring on top of Rotten Tomatoes with 98% fresh and a-96 Metascore rating in the first week of the release.

Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki guarantee that you will hold your breath and make your jaw drop for 90 minutes. Yep, right from the start of the flick, a great 13 minute long opening shot, starting with a narration to describe how does it feel to be in space. Every scene is intense, thrilling, and makes you feel like you’re also stranded with Bullock and Clooney, trying to survive no matter how. With intense scoring from Steven Price. A score + cinematography combo covers the simple—or I may call it plain—storyline. While Cuarón can’t really develop the story any further, the score and beautiful cinematography are what keeping audiences awake and hold their breath.

There are several survival films out there, such as Buried, 127 Hours, or even the classic Cast Away. But they don’t give you this 90 minutes full of thrill and seat gripping, heart pounding moments, that’s the point. Gravity will make you blown away and rant throughout the film.

The two main casts, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney—both Oscars winners—showed their true quality in acting. Every emotions, either it is nauseated, nervous, scared, or even relieved is portrayed flawlessly by Bullock. And Clooney? He’s flamboyant and charming as usual. No need to doubt their acting skills.

Basically, Gravity is one of a kind cinematic experience. It’s designed for you to feel what the main characters are feeling, see what they are seeing. It’s designed to be enjoyed on either IMAX or 4DX, while choosing 3D is a must to experience the best. It’s up to you to choose either a stunning visual on a huge IMAX screen, or be part of the movie by choosing the cutting-edge 4DX technology.

Gravity in 4DX is one hell of an experience. It’s a space simulator, with vibrating and moving seats, it feels like you’re experiencing the same thing happening with Stone & Kowalski. Not just that, sharp wind shots and fogs effect that occur several times during the film add additional enjoyment. The 3D itself is amazing, and certainly worth the additional bucks. Just forget that million-dollars space tour, and buy a 4DX or IMAX Gravity ticket.

If you think this Gravity hype is just a buzz, it isn’t. Gravity is so beautiful even in regular non-IMAX screens. With amazing special effects and shot techniques, Gravity is a masterpiece. 90 minutes flew so fast, as fast as the debris. A strong candidate for next year’s Oscars Best Pictures nominee, and a must see for all you film snobs.

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