Sunday, October 13, 2013

GRAVITY Seems Almost Too Real

Gravity, an exciting thriller set in outer space, stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts trying to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. This unique movie contains breathtaking visuals. While watching the film, I felt like I was actually floating in space or suffering through the mishaps depicted so brilliantly on screen. The cliché “edge of your seat” seems too mild for this thrilling space adventure that combines technical magic with strong emotional pull. Clooney portrays the wisecracking Matt Kowalsky, a veteran astronaut who loves being up in space and telling stories to entertain others. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a medical engineer on her first mission. Ryan can’t help being nervous, and adding to her emotional state, she’s still mourning the loss of a child. Although Clooney does a fine job in a role that’s perfect for him, it’s Bullock who won my heart. Because of Bullock's exceptional likeability and the intensity of her performance, I had no trouble empathizing with Ryan and quickly became deeply involved in scenes showing the terrifying crisis situations she faces. In fact, Gravity becomes a kind of "Perils-of-Pauline-in-Space" story – but one that feels almost too real. No wonder Bullock has zoomed to the top of so many Oscar wish lists. Seeing this film in 3D would probably be best. However, if you’re like me and have trouble adjusting to that process or suffer from migraine headaches, by all means see the digital version. It’s still a memorable viewing experience!

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