Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Gravity Suspends You Off Your Seat!

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Reviewed by Nancy Snipper

This compelling 3D space odyssey film is the most terrifying ever made. The entire film takes place in space as two astronauts,  Dr, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and the commander of the mission,  Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are faced with the deadly aftermath of a Russian missile striking a defunct satellite causing killer debris to rapidly fly through space at the very point these two US astronauts are. 

Stone is tending to a malfunction while attached to part of the Explorer, and Kowalski is having a space walk. All chaos happens as both try to physically reach each other; Stone has lost her connection to the craft and is drifting in space until her partner is able to grab her and tie her to his own long strip, but she is running out of oxygen. It is important that the film is not described in detail to you as it will give away key moments of gut-wrenching excitement and terror facing. The cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki is extraordinary and absolutely realistic. The music by Steven Price is just eerie and subtle enough to add further chills down your spine. There is ethereal beauty to the sublime filming of space, which ironically contrasts with the horrific, catastrophic events facing the two heroes. These events one after the other demand super strength and bravery to deal effectively in a way that will bring closure… in more ways than one!
A unique space thriller that addresses the present; avoiding any trace of science fiction and this alone makes it bone-chilling and remarkably frightening.

This film was viewed, compliments of Cineplex Forum in Montreal