Review

Film companies have had a hard time recently convincing the public to part with their money when it comes to going to 3D movies. For every "Avatar" and "Life Of Pi" we've had a "Clash of the Titans" or a "Drive Angry". Forget the post-conversion rubbish that you might have seen, 3D when done well can be fantastic, and with "Gravity" it reaches a new level. Jaw dropping is the only way to describe this, see it in 3D and on the biggest screen that you can and you will be taken to an out of this world experience, literally. This could perhaps be the best use of 3D ever.

In "Gravity" Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron ("Children Of Men") brings us a movie that's been four and half years in the making, Cuaron had to wait until the technology was available that would allow him to bring his vision to the screen. Technically the film is flawless, however it doesn't overshadow the performance of the two stars. George Clooney stars as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski whilst Sandra Bullock is magnificent as Dr Ryan Stone, a medical engineer who is on her first mission.

We first meet the two stars on a space walk outside their space shuttle. This one scene is done in one spectacular shot and lasts for 15 minutes before the director makes his first cut. After the shuttle is hit and destroyed by space debris, Kowalski and Stone spiral into deep space. What follows is a movie that will have you gasping for breath as the astronauts try to find a way to get home. Clooney is good and he gives us the initial narrative that sets up the characters, however this is Bullock's film and could be her best performance to date. If it she lifts a second Oscar come awards nights then don't be surprised.

Gravity is a film that needs to be seen in 3D. What Cuaron gives us is nothing short of a masterpiece and easily the best film of the year so far. If you only go to the cinema once a year then go and see this. Fantastic is the only way to describe it.



Gravity (12A)

1h 31m

Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

UK Release: Friday 8th November 2013








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