IMDb Review 1:
There is a sensational and overwhelming power that Alfonso Cuarón's
space thriller "Gravity" possesses and manages to sustain in its 90
minute run time. I think I left my jaw on the theater floor. There are
four things in particular to credit for this occurrence. The first of
which being co-writer and director Cuarón, who has constructed one of
his finest outings. "Gravity" breathes in a way I haven't seen before
and is probably one of the best technical marvels that cinema has
offered in the past twenty years. Cuarón handles the film with absolute
certainty, restraining himself from committing any science fiction
bourgeois, and reinventing the genre in a miraculous execution.
I've never looked at the world of Cinematography with so much respect
and adoration until I saw the works of Roger Deakins and now, firmly
sitting next to him at the table as the most innovative and brilliant
DP working today, Emmanuel Lubezki. We've all seen what he's
accomplished in his Oscar-nominated works in "Children of Men," in
which he was teamed up with Cuarón, and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of
Life," both of which resulted in unimaginable losses. A 13-minute
opening shot shows his abilities to capture the essence of the now, the
feelings that life offers. Real life doesn't cut, Cuarón and Lubezki
understand this. The liberties where he chooses to take us, even when
we step inside from the cold, lonely edge of space, manages to turn
this very simple tale into a full-fledged meditation session with the
sooth sounds of composer Steven Price. Visual effects have never been
put to better use than what you will witness in "Gravity." One of the
few films I urge everyone to see on the biggest screen possible. The
post-conversion in 3D, although cool at times, was a bit unneeded. It
doesn't add to the depth and scope of Cuarón's dramatic endeavor, it
actually undersells it as a cheap, blockbuster space film. An IMAX
screen, the largest you can find, with a sound system able to make your
eardrums bleed, those are the basic requirements. I haven't been in
this much awe of a film's quality and optics this since I saw
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" when I was six years old. "Avatar" and
"Life of Pi" are great spectacles, but this will be revisited in years
to come as the bench mark for modern day science fiction. It's this
generation's "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Finally, I've had a childhood crush on Sandra Bullock since I feasted
my eyes on those pretty browns driving a bus in "Speed" during the
early 90's. This manifested into looking at her abilities as an actor
with a skewed vision. She's hinted at this greatness I've felt she
could achieve in films like "A Time to Kill," "Crash," and her
Oscar-winning role in "The Blind Side." Sandra Bullock has finally
realized her potential as a leading lady and taps into the very essence
of the human spirit as Dr. Ryan Stone; a work that stands as her
greatest endeavor and her gift to the silver screen. Natural, poised,
and fully engulfed, Bullock is absolutely magnificent and in many ways,
my favorite performance of the year so far. She rallies an emotional
connection from the audience and demands things of herself that she
hasn't done before. An Oscar-worthy work that should land her as a Best
Actress nominee...and perhaps a winner.
George Clooney as Matt Kowalsky is exactly what you'd come to expect
from the Oscar-winning producer and actor. He utilizes his wit and
charm to be a lighter force of our dark tale, and is a perfect balance
to Bullock's frantic demeanor. As aforementioned, Steven Price's
musical work is tenderly utilized and precisely executed, building up
lots of affectionate tones that may leave some audience members in
tears. The script by Alfonso Cuarón and son Jonas Cuarón inhabit a rich
texture of dialogue that aren't thrown in for the sake of breaking the
silence. They aren't afraid to let the scenery speak for itself or to
let the actors portray their emotions in mannerisms, but when they step
away from that, everything connects beautifully.
"Gravity" is a rare breed. Simplistic but so refreshingly new.
Visually, it will be studied for years to come, and thematically, will
be revisited by the genre's most ardent enthusiasts. One of the best
films of the year. I'll say, if you haven't watched the trailers and
clips, continue to do so. Too much information.
IMDb Review 2:
Arguably the best tagline for a film EVER, "In space no one can hear
you scream" Alien's "In space no one can hear you scream" tagline is
arguably the best tagline for a film of all-time. That same tagline
could easily be effectively utilized for Alfonso Cuarón's latest
Starring two unknowns by the names of George Clooney and Sandra
Bullock, Gravity puts the two A-listers together as a medical engineer
and an astronaut that must work in tandem to survive once a freak
accident leaves them adrift in space.
Their struggle takes place after debris from a Russian satellite comes
speeding through their orbit ripping their space shuttle to shreds
causing Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) to float untethered in space. Coming
to her aid is astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) who estimates that the
debris will again circle the earth and again zip past their location in
approximately 90-minutes. Their mission quickly changes into a race to
survival 600km above the earth where help from anyone outside of each
other is impossible.
Alfonso Cuarón is chiselling himself quite a career. He was last behind
the camera for Children of Men (2006) which was nominated for three
Academy Awards and he was also responsible for the best film in the
Harry Potter film series with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(2004). But Gravity is his best work to date.
Bullock carries the film (expect some murmurs for a Best Actress
nomination) and Gravity centers on the two main characters only. There
are no other developed characters. Two other astronauts and a radio
voice from Houston, Texas are the only other character influences and
their parts wouldn't amount to 2 minutes if strung in order.
With only two actors to carry the entire 90-minute runtime, the film
relies heavily on its visuals of space and the various orbiting
stations with the earth always prominent in the background. And the
visuals are fantastic. There are no side-stories, sub-plots,
unnecessary fluff or sexual tension between the characters. Just a
desperate attempt to make the most of the oxygen they have left.
Gravity is the best 3D film ever. Ever. Add to the mix the incredible
visuals and perfect sound (both loud and quiet) and you have a
faultless mix. Gravity will contend for Oscar's in Visual Effects,
Sound and Editing.
Cuarón incredibly is able to give his audience a sense of
claustrophobia whether his cast are inside an orbiting capsule or in
the vast darkness of space. And as the astronauts deal with each new
developing tragedy, the audience will themselves be gasping for air
rooting for the character's success in each new attempt at survival.
With still a few months left in the year, it's too early to call a film
the year's best. But Gravity will definitely be there on many lists at
the year's conclusion. It's that breathtaking. It's that good.
IMDb Review 3:
What a load of codswhallop. I waited for months to see this film and
was swept along by all of the rave reviews. 10 minutes in and I had
already counted more preposterous flaws and scientific absurdities than
I was any longer able to keep track of. The acting is wooden, one
dimensional and utterly juvenile. Bullock is an emotional and physical
wreck almost from the first instant, she is technically inept, sullen
and devoid of professionalism, or any very redeeming qualities
whatsoever. She is nothing at all that you would expect of an
astronaut. She doesn't so much just not have the right stuff, rather
she appears to have no "stuff" whatsoever. In fact one could say her
performance was such a 'howler' so to speak, that there are junctures
in the film where it becomes utterly comedic. To make things worse
strong comparisons can be drawn between Clooney's character and Toy
Story's Buzz Lightyear, the only difference in this case being that
Buzz produces a much more convincing, likable and 'less plastic'
performance than Clooney. If you like big ass old CGI induced
explosions, vacuous performances and sci-fi films that are utterly
devoid of any of the "sci" component at all, then this is undoubtedly
the film for you. In space it seems, no one can see you create drivel.
The sad thing is that with the utterly inexplicable high reviews and
rave ratings this film has received, Hollywood will only continue to
pump out more dross like this and in so doing will only continue to
contribute to the dumbing down of science among the general public
Basically if you like bad comic books, never progressed beyond junior
level science (and did pretty badly in this), like huge pointless CGI
explosions, enjoy 2D, juvenile, uninspirational characters, backed up
by clueless, uninspirational acting and juvenile one dimensional
dialogue (even though they use 3D special effects to no meaningful
purpose, beyond a pointless visual spectacle for the spectacularly
uniformed ), then this is exactly the film for you! For those with
even a modicum of scientific background, intelligence and taste, I
suggest you do a search on Google for "all the bad science in Gravity
I used to trust IMDb ratings. But that's twice in a row now I have
duped into watching films with off the scale IMDb ratings (the other
being Prisoners), where plot-line, acting and everything about the
film was so abysmally bad, it almost beggared belief.
There must just be an awful lot of non-scientists out there.
Cluelessness abounds ...