At the Movies - Gravity - review

Sandra Bullock (left) and George Clooney in 'Gravity'.
Sandra Bullock (left) and George Clooney in 'Gravity'.
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I’ve never seen anything quite like ‘Gravity 3D’ in a cinema before - it’s simply a breathtaking cinematic experience.

I’ve never seen anything quite like ‘Gravity 3D’ in a cinema before - it’s simply a breathtaking cinematic experience.

Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'.

Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'.

If you’ve been to the cinema over the last few months you will more than likely have caught sight of the trailer for Mexican director, Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’.

Trailers are designed to make every movie look like a classic but the trailer for ‘Gravity’ was gripping and demanded attention.

Thankfully, the film exceeds all projected expectations and will be a definite contender the Academy Award for Best Picture in February.

Clichés abound when reviewing a film like ‘Gravity’ but it literally had me on the edge of my seat - it really is that good.

The vast majority of ‘Gravity’ is set in space - 372 miles above Planet Earth to be precise.

Disaster strikes for a team of American astronauts and the space shuttle when they are involved in a mid-orbit collision.

Their only way of returning back to Earth is destroyed when debris rips through their space shuttle and survivors Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock - ‘The Blind Side’) and Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney - ‘The American’) must use all of their training and expertise if they are to survive and make it back to Earth.

‘Gravity’ is a fully fledged Allied assault on the senses.

Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is outstanding and the film’s score by Steven Price is one of the best of the year. Cuarón’s direction isn’t bad either.

Cuarón came up with the idea for the film’s premise with his son Jonás and they attempted to develop the project for United Artists but the rights were sold to Warner Bros.

Several actresses were offered the role of Dr. Ryan Stone before Bullock, and Robert Downey Jnr. turned down the opportunity to play Matt Kowalski before Clooney agreed to come on board.

Bullock and Clooney are on screen for 99 per cent of the time. The fact that they are the only two characters we really see heightens the sense of isolation felt when their space shuttle is destroyed by debris orbiting earth.

Bullock is outstanding.

In recent years she has made some God awful movies (‘The Proposal’ and ‘All About Steve’) but in ‘Gravity’ she displays the talent and skill for which she won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in ‘The Blind Side’ in 2009.

I’m not usually a person who champions 3D but ‘Gravity’ works exceptionally well.

Several times I flinched as pieces of the space shuttle went in a variety of directions during the mid-orbit collision scene.

Coupled with the awesome sound, ‘Gravity’ in 3D was certainly a cinematic experience to be remembered.

The film abounds in so many beautiful and inspiring scenes they are too many to mention but one of the most standout sequences happens when Bullock’s Dr. Ryan Stone begins to cry and because there’s no gravity in space, her tears float away - it’s utterly dreamlike.

‘Gravity’ is currently showing at the Brunswick Moviebowl; for full cinema listings visit www.brunswickmoviebowl.com or telephone 028 71 371 999.

VERDICT: 5/5 - To appreciate Cuarón’s masterpiece you must view it in 3D and on the big screen.

It’s like nothing you will have ever seen before. The cinematography, sound and Cuarón’s direction make ‘Gravity’ a very strong contender for the accolade of Best Picture at next year’s Academy Awards.

Bullock’s performance is fantastic and it’s certainly a tremendous experience in 3D. Go and see this one!!!