Opinion: 'Gravity' represents a new movie experience
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 22:10
Sandra Bullock needs an Oscar for this role. “Gravity,” starring Bullock and George Clooney is a perilous journey four and a half years in the making.
The 90-minute film tells the story of NASA scientist Ryan Stone, played by Bullock, who is on her first mission in space, along with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney). The opening sequence is a continuous 13-minute shot, with no cuts or edits, circling Bullock, Clooney and their crew.
Disaster strikes when a debris field from a broken Russian satellite comes barreling towards the crew, leaving Bullock and Clooney as the only survivors. As Bullock is sent spinning free into the abyss of space, her disorientation is our disorientation, as we see from her point of view and her breath fogs up her vision. What follows is a masterpiece of cinematography, following Bullock’s and Clooney’s quest for survival with no communication with mission control, no living soul around for hundreds of miles and a limited oxygen supply.
Not only are the performances by Bullock and Clooney spectacular, the cinematography of “Gravity” is awe-inspiring. Director Alfonso Cuaron (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Great Expectations,” “Children of Men”) is able to make the audience forget they are in a movie theater, floating us out in space with Bullock and Clooney and giving us amazing, breath-taking and realistic views of Earth. At no point in the film would you guess the actors weren’t actually in space. Clooney’s character said it best — “Beautiful, don’t you think?”
The performance by Bullock is astounding, as she must contemplate the idea of drifting away, which seems tempting at times, or fighting for her life. Her performance leaves the audience with a renewed belief in the meaning of never giving up. Clooney, as well, contributes a brilliant performance, giving charm and comic relief to a tremendously stressful situation. The chemistry between Bullock and Clooney is honest and genuine, adding yet another layer to the character development.
This is the definition of an edge-of-your-seat thriller with non-stop action until the final credits. I left knowing I had just witnessed something incredible — the future of cinematography. There is no other movie like “Gravity” out there and the only way to experience it is on the big screen. You won’t regret it, especially come Oscar season. If you don’t want to be left out when everyone else is talking about the wonder that is “Gravity,” go see it now.