Gravity (2013)

Gravity (2013)
  • Time: 91 min
  • Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris


Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (‘George Clooney’ ) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.


  • My first review here 🙂
    Lets start with Cons:
    1. Slow: 1 or 2 scenes are a bit slow where you can take pee break.

    1. Performances : Sandra Bullock deserves a standing ovation and so does George Clooney. Two veteran actors prove that you don’t need much of a cast to pull a movie, infact only these two constitutes 90% of the film (believe it or not)
    2. SFX : One of those movies, that is a must watch in theaters for its special effects. Some kickass sfx scenes involving view of earth in whole of the movie.
    3. Creativity : Hats off to the writers for a brand new plot which keeps audience on the edge of their seats.
    4. Direction : Standing ovation for the director ‘Alfonso Cuarón’. Hats off for converting a novel plot into a cinematic masterpeice.

    My Rating – 4.5 / 5

  • Judging by various internet rating sites, Gravity is currently the best movie from 2013. And along with those who adore and praise it, there are many people who have spent all their time, after seeing the movie, discussing it on various forums. The most talked-about issue is physics, which makes sense since Gravity is a sci-fi. But I doubt any recent sci-fi has ever been analysed so much – and also hated and loved at the same time. It’s obvious that Gravity is a very interesting movie, and it seems to be different from the usual stuff Hollywood gives us, which should be appreciated. Many people have been comparing it to 2001: A Space Odissey which, I think, best explains and summarizes the fame that’s been building around Gravity ever since it came out.

    The story in Gravity, unfortunately, is not as original as one may think. Doctor Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first mission in space, while Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is an astronaut on his last mission. While trying to repair some damage on the Hubble telescope, they are hit by debris from a destroyed satellite which wrecks the space shuttle Explorer, leaving only Stone and Kowalski alive. Kowalski uses his thruster pack to retrieve Stone, who was sent away from the shuttle, and together they make their way to the International Space Station. Here Gravity becomes a survival thriller – a very good one, no doubt, but still nothing more than that, which is a shame since the setting alone allows more psychologically challenging developments.

    I found the cast selection to be confusing: why Clooney and Bullock? They are not bad actors, but I don’t think they fit their roles. Notably, before Bullock was cast there were many other (better) options, and even Robert Downey Jr. (who was also offered the role of Kowalski) would have been better than Clooney playing himself. Still, both our main actors do a good job – especially Bullock, who spent months training for her role – and even though their characters are not developed enough, it’s difficult to notice that since the story keeps you glued to your seat. Gravity’s opening scene is particularly amazing: there are no sounds apart from the radio communications among the astronauts and Mission Control, and a very long take, going in circle, shows us Earth, the shuttle and the astronauts up close. I admire Cuarón’s decision to acknowledge there is no sound in space, but I’d rather have sounds than a soundtrack that’s occasionally exaggeratedly loud and unnecessary.

    Furthermore, many people claim Gravity is scientifically inaccurate, but unless you’re a physicist or an aerospace engineer, I don’t think you will notice/mind many of those mistakes – besides, Cuarón himself admits he “adapted” the physics to suit the plot. Interestingly, the movie is only 90 minutes long but feels much longer, in a good way. It also has a lower budget than many other epic sci-fi movies, but looks much better. Actually, Gravity is the most beautiful and tense movie I’ve seen in a while, with some perfectly directed scenes. The tension is mostly built through very long takes and some POV shots. In summary, it all comes down to this: the movie is visually stunning and has loads of potential, but doesn’t exploit it fully. The dialogues (and monologues) are mostly cliched, some even make you cringe. Had it been a mostly silent movie, had it concentrated on the psychological effect of the fear of imminent death on people, Gravity would have been better. But it would also have seemed like a Space Odissey ripoff, and it definitely wouldn’t have been a Hollywood movie. Despite its flaws, I recommend this movie, because it’s a unique experience Hollywood probably won’t present us again soon.

    Rating: 8/10

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  • With all the great reviews I read for this movie, I was expecting to watch a wonderful entertaining movie. Unfortunately, I was absolutely bored to death. I totally missed why folks are saying this is Oscar worthy. The dialog between the characters was so boring, as were the characters. Sandra Bullock’s character is so unreal and miscasted. The story is shallow and empty. After you finish watching there is nothing you can say or discuss-because there is nothing. Although visually appealing this is the biggest load of crap I have ever seen. Save your money and watch another flick! “Gravity” was a great disappointment!

  • “You’ve got to learn to let go.”

    In visual terms “Gravity” is overwhelming with those images of Earth. The infinity and immensity of the universe is beautifully put into the picture . The insignificance of man in this intolerable environment gives you a constant tightness . However, I think that you only get that overwhelming feeling when you watch this movie in the cinema. On a normal LCD TV in the living room there’s not much left of this space spectacle. And that’s quite a damper on the expected experience because the story on its own isn’t really that much of a deal. I think it’s a great achievement to create such an entertaining film with this simple story and only two characters constantly on the screen.

    The movie has a surprisingly fast pace. It’s one situation after the other . But if you omit the stunning CGI and forget about the probably impressive 3D images , there remains nothing else than a boring tedious blockbuster. And they made such a big fuss about it. A big hype over nothing, my guess. Reading roughly through the remarks at IMDb I’m not the only one with that idea. I also found it disturbing that someone can be so unlucky in just one day . Chronologically all this happens: the shuttle gets hit by debris resulting in some casualties and one person (Bullock) floating in space, she’s picked up again by Clooney , but is almost without oxygen , with his thruster pack they go on their way to the ISS , they smash into it and Clooney releases himself heroically to rescue Bullock, almost choking she enters the ISS , a fire breaks out and she has to disconnect the Soyuz , the Soyuz gets tangled to a parachute, the ISS is destroyed by debris , the Soyuz has no fuel , Bullock uses the burners for landing, she reaches the Chinese space station using a fire extinguisher , goes into the atmosphere , and even though she doesn’t understand Chinese she lands safely by randomly pressing the right buttons. That’s not enough though. She almost drowns also after the landing . It wouldn’t be a surprise she’ll never ever join a space trip again in her life.

    Although the two main actors are not the least , they can’t make the film look better. Sandra Bullock didn’t convince me as being a scientist with high intellect . She looked more like a Miss America who won a space trip . Clooney was so extremely charming and gallant in space. I expected every moment that he would serve a delicious Nespresso. And then realizing that the making of this empty movie needed $ 100 million. They could have made a few better movies with that kind of money. And I won’t mention the technical and scientific impossibilities as they are described by a NASA expert on Wikipedia. But ok, otherwise it would be a even more boring and dead serious flick . And it should be entertaining, not ? Unlike many other spectators , I didn’t think the moment where Ryan starts barking and howling like a dog was ridiculous or silly. For me it was rather a touching moment .

    Conclusion : a gem in imaging, but as space itself , it is an airless story. It feels more like a black hole.

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