Movie review: Gravity (2013)


After learning of overwhelming positive feedbacks and critical acclaims to the recently released film entitled ‘Gravity’, I was wondering how could a science-fiction space drama film could achieve this kind of successful result. There is this urge in me to watch it, and the wish fulfilled today. I am speechless and excited that this film truly shines and achieves beyond my expectation. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, it stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and depicts the story of a medical engineer and an astronaut working together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

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The first thought in my mind after going through its movie trailer few weeks ago is that how is it possible that a story can gets further interesting and developed into a full movie once the astronauts were left floating in space. Things are confined, and events are limited to mostly only an engineer within the ‘silent’ outer space. After watching the film, I am stunned and impressed. The story is carried out extremely well, with breathtaking events after events taking place that gives a hard and intense time to Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), intersected with some light moments in between to ease things up. There are intense climax-hitting scenes and also heartfelt emotional moments.

This is something that will keep us at the edge of our seats. The storyline is very engaging. I personally felt the fear and loneliness of being in that state of floating in space reaching for help faced by the main characters. There is no part for boring character development, and things get straight to thrilling and intense scenes to keep our continuous concentration to the movie, eagerly wanting to know Dr. Ryan’s fate till the end of the movie. There is also a bit of well-placed slightly funny moments here and there and also an unexpected frightening scene involving dead people. Be prepared of that if you have not watched it, but it’s only in a few seconds. A thrilling and tension-hitting ride for both the character in the movie and also to the movie audiences.

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Sandra Bullock delivered an outstanding performance as the only lead in the movie. Her convincing expression and brilliant acting in such a difficult setting and state is one of the major praises to the film. She is in almost every seconds of the movie and she nailed it so well that I had nothing else to say. On the other hand, the visual is no doubt spectacular! Truly remarkable visual. The view of the Earth is beautifully captured in the movie, and the scenes of space stations getting destroyed by flying debris are awesome. The heartstopping background musical score also helps a lot to create that kind of exciting atmosphere to let us immerse into many of the tense situations in the movie.

At one moment you’re inside Ryan’s helmet as she looks outside with panic-ridden breath heard, then in a subtle shift you’re outside to check on her reaction. Brilliant usage of two points of view to further grasp the feeling of Dr. Ryan. Eventhough I don’t really get some technical aspects in the movie, but I truly enjoyed what the movie offers. The last few minutes of the movie is finally back on the land, and the ending is a great one. Sorry for a little spoiler here. Everything is good from this film. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Gravity’ a total of 8.3. A dazzling film. This is certainly one of the best movies of the year. A shouldn’t be missed and highly recommended space drama film.

(The images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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