ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Movie review: Gravity (3D)

Updated on October 27, 2013

Space. If we've learnt one thing from the films that have ventured into it, it's this: it's big. It's so big that no one knows where it starts or, like Adam Sandler's career (sadly), where it ends.

So, most filmmakers have tackled this issue of the vastness of space by filling it, with the likes of spaceships and aliens. And if box office returns are anything to go by, this has worked out pretty well for a number of sci-fi films.

For Mexican director Alfonso CuarĂ³n's latest feature, he has sent Sandra Bullock and George Clooney out of our atmosphere and into the dark beyond. But instead of battling untold aliens and/or space pirates, he has them taking on, well, pretty much space itself.

Out in space, just hovering over planet Earth, are members of the crew of the shuttle Explorer, who are in the midst of some repairs to the Hubble telescope. Well, two of them are; Matt Kowalski (Clooney) appears to be having too much fun with his jet pack, filling the empty void with his enjoyable jibber jabber.

Ryan Stone (Bullock) is far less relaxed; she's nowhere near as experienced as her colleague is with the whole being in space thing, but she attempts to focus on the mission at hand regardless.

Mission control gives them the heads up regarding a mission that the Russians are up to on the other side of the planet (with the demolition of an outdated satellite), which may or may not have a slight knock-on effect with theirs. As it turns out, the message was a massive understatement, and the team are battered by its debris.

So much so that communications with Mission Control are lost and Stone and Kowalski soon find themselves floating nervously in space. They may well have the greatest view of Earth, but they're a very long way from home.

As you may have guessed by now, Gravity is far from being your average space romp. Much like the jet pack Clooney's character uses, the film is full of deliberate stops and starts; the stops allow you to enjoy the elegance and poetry of space, reminiscent of Moon and the classic Silent Running; the starts instantly bring you back down to Earth, as it were, as you're dramatically bombarded by the many perils of space.

Cuaron uses the universe as his canvas, suspending his characters literally in the middle of it all. During the film's many down times, you can't help but marvel at the beauty and the spectacle of it all. On a large screen, in 3D, it's like gazing out at the stars from your own private planetarium.

And then you have the scenes full of tension. It's similar in certain ways to Buried, the film that found Ryan Reynolds buried alive for the entire film; the setting may well be ironically inverse, what with the characters swimming around in all that space and all, but the same base sensation of severe claustrophobia exists. These tense moments achieved by the director are hardly original, but his execution of them is so effective, it's almost as if he invented them.

He's certainly helped by Bullock's sterling performance. She plays her character as an everyman; she may well be a highly-skilled scientist in her field, but she's as vulnerable as the next non-astronaut would be to the vastness of space. It's certainly more Oscar-worthy than her Oscar-winning turn in the bland The Blind Side, that's for sure.

Mind you, she's ably supported by Clooney, in more ways than one, throughout; Clooney drifts in and out effortlessly, with his affable charm oozing into outer space.

The science behind it all may well come under scrutiny of cinematic conspiracists, as to whether this or that would be really feasible in space, but they should just have their life support systems unplugged as to not spoil things.

Gravity is sc-fi film that relies on a minimum of science. Instead, it is a story of human endeavour; how one woman copes with the extreme emotion and physical pressures of being in space. Think Ripley without the aliens.

It is a film that will fill you with awe, but also, if you let it, it literally take your breath away.

5 booms

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Boomuk profile imageAUTHOR

      Boom 

      4 years ago from London, UK

      No problem, thanks for reading!

    • Vacation Trip profile image

      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing this review.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)