9.5 Overall Score
Visuals: 10/10
Performances: 10/10
Appeal: 9/10

Gravity revolutionizes 3-D technology with dazzling visuals and immense empathetic connection.

Some moments are overly shaky and nauseating.

Many movies are taken with a tiny grain of sand. They’re watched, retained for a few memorable scenes, and eventually forgotten. In a day and age full of the same rinse-dry cycle of entertainment, it’s a big surprise when a film comes out of nowhere and fully submerses the viewer. It’s an even bigger surprise when the idea of ‘fictionalized’ realism is thrown out the window, and the feeling of true reality makes the audience one with the film. Somehow, though, Gravity has shown a full capability of doing both.

Being a guy who hates 3-D, I was a bit hesitant to see Gravity — a movie that makes use of the greatest entertainment gimmick since American Idol. Plus, from the outside, any film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is typically a clear-cut rom-com — the kind of movie that fits the rinse-dry typicality mentioned above. With those two things in mind, Gravity is a bit of a turn-off. And it’s a shame that it should ever be examined with such preconceived notions. In fact, it’s really a shame that any film of this substantiality should be taken so lightly. From start to finish, the film is a masterpiece, an eye-catching classic, a vivid dream. It’s so mesmerizing that it would surely have made Kubrick’s jaw drop.

GRAVITYThe plot encompasses two astronauts working in space, eventually encountering disaster and attempting to survive. Most of the film takes place in the dark, soundless vacuum, and – thanks to both IMAX and 3-D technology – Gravity sucks the viewer in from the get-go. Most movies have a strong line between the seats and the screen. Although they attempt to make this line as thin as possible, they tend to resonate passively. Gravity resonates as aggressively as any film I’ve ever seen. You can literally feel the tension as Bullock attempts to make her way to the nearest space station. As her oxygen runs towards empty, her near-suffocation will have you gasping for air. That’s unfortunate, too, as the stunning visual display of light shining upon the Earth had surely taken your breath away already. Such high-definition, atmospheric, and meticulous filmmaking is revolutionary for the sci-fi genre. You don’t think you’re watching a space movie. You literally feel like you’re in space.

Cuaron’s storytelling is masterful. The script brings in meaning and emotion for the entire 90 minutes. Everything feels weighty, relaying the darkest depths of human existence and keeping the viewer involved. Bullock’s performance aptly fulfills this. She’s soft-spoken, yet grows eternally desperate as she attempts to survive as an independent woman in the most independent place not on Earth. Clooney on the other hand is a lot lighter, despite his full character being revealed early in the film as a happy-go-lucky gentlemen unafraid of death.

GRAVITYThe use of 3-D is effortless and astounding. Characters and objects reach outwards and create a dimensional environment without any forced writing necessary. That being said, this technology isn’t an afterthought at all. This film needs 3-D. It helps keep the audience captivated without sacrificing the human elements of life, love, faith, and survival. Sure, the film is a thrilling survival flick, but it entrenches itself in the characters’ situations and avid tension. The performances and human empathy surely aren’t enough to completely ground Gravity, as the heightened visual display helps maintain a strong counterbalance — and this counterbalance is what allows it to flourish.

Gravity is this year’s most timeless effort – the type of film that will define the decade and become the high mark of competition for future thrillers. It’s the 2001: A Space Odyssey of our generation, The Matrix of the 2010s, and it revolutionizes contemporary filmmaking. Bullock’s clearly got the award for Best Lead Actress in the bag, and Cuaron may bring home more trophies than Ben Affleck did last year for Argo. This movie is so good that I will literally cry tears of sorrow for any person who doesn’t get the chance to see in on the big screen. So, please help preserve my emotions and go see it.


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Author: Tim Dodderidge View all posts by
I'm a student at the University of Kansas hoping to major in journalism. I love Christopher Nolan films, eating at Taco Bell, and playing indoor soccer. I also like to watch How I Met Your Mother and enjoy writing poetry.

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