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Gravity (2013)Visually a staggeringly beautiful film that is as much about the human… More Visually a staggeringly beautiful film that is as much about the human mind-set as it is about the danger and hostility of Space. In terms of a storyline there really isn't much to Gravity but the films simplicity is one of the very many things that I liked. Stone (Bullock), Kowalski (Clooney) and Sharrif are a team of astronauts on a routine maintenance mission to the Hubble space telescope. However, during this the crew are cut adrift from the Shuttle that they arrived in and all communication with Earth is lost and that's about all I can say without giving away anything. There are essentially two actors for the duration of the entire film and for this reason I compare it to films such as Buried and 127 Hours. Ive never made a film in my life but I can guess that it's a challenge to keep things interesting throughout whilst operating within the constraints that this and the aforementioned films do. Where Gravity has an advantage is in that director always has the get out of the setting and in orbit around planet Earth just never gets boring to look at. Seeing the sunrise from Space is something I would pay to watch itself and the various continents lit up at night are nothing short of spectacular. I also loved the use of silence in the film. It is suggested that there is no sound in Space as there is no air to carry the soundwaves so scenes where you would normally hear a cacophony of sound are all the more dramatic without it. There is one scene in particular involving the International Space Station that is worth the price of admission in itself. The effects are mesmeric with a very good use of 3D in that for once this is not a bolted on gimmick (Avatar excluded). One scene that I loved is where Stone crys and you can see her tears in zero gravity. Ive no idea why I thought this was particularly poignant (answers on a postcard please). Ive seen criticism of this film about how the characters lack depth but I think there is as much (or as little) as you want there to be. You learn that Stone has suffered personal tragedy in her life and this may explain how a certain coldness might help make the perfect astronaut? It also tries to suggest that even when at the depths of your despair the human spirit has an uncanny knack of egging you on and this again is a similarity I found with the aforementioned Buried and 127 Hours. Gravity is worthwhile for the visuals alone but I think it is more than that and I was lucky enough to see this at an IMAX. An amazing film.
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