Alfonso Cuarón gives us one a hell of a story with Gravity.
This is a film that will feel bigger than the theater you are watching it in. At the same time you will feel trapped in the confines of a space suit. It’s hard to imagine that nobody has told this story before, but if they had they never made it the main story to watch.
Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is setting up medical instrumentation on a satellite while in orbit. Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is the senior astronaut on his last space walk. A non-related accident causes them to be hit by space debris and-
Well, suffice to say that Gravity recreates what it feels to be stranded in space. There may be a hundred little factors that are not realistic in this movie, but in essence this is a science-fiction thriller film that will engage you and that doesn’t pull any magical solutions out of the hat. Perhaps some will seem magical if you apply all the science and technology, but the essential mechanics more or less match.
You can pull apart the plot and talk about decompression, inertia, actual zero gravity and the like. I am more interested in an entertaining movie that doesn’t try to pull a rabbit out of a hat and creates a premise that seems plausible in layman’s terms.
It is, very much so, a rather lineal premise. You are stranded in space, you have to survive, you will need all the resources available within reach. Communications have been lost so you’re alone up there.
To top it off, our stranded victim is not Captain America. Dr. Stone is a complex character, a mother that still grieves for a child gone too soon. She is not a veteran astronaut. She has to remember everything in her training and she has to face very real fears of space as well as demons of her own. Although she is weightless in space, it’s her withdrawn attitude that seems to weight her down and keep her from accessing all the possible tools at her disposal. The most important one being the knowledge in her mind.
This movie really uses 3D and IMAX to a great effect. If you want to give yourself a real treat, go see it in the biggest screen you can find. It’s worth it. Strongly recommended.
That will do for now.