‘Gravity’ is a suspenseful, must-see survival space odyssey

Zachariah Swope
Staff Writer

At 372 miles above the Earth there is nothing to carry sound, no air pressure, no oxygen. Life in space is impossible. This is how the new movie “Gravity” begins.
Alfonso Cuaron, after five years of development, has finally released his dream project starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. It is also his first movie since “Children of Men” which was released in 2007 and set high standards for the future of indie film. “Gravity” deals with a space mission gone wrong when debris hits the space shuttle Explorer.
The story is tense and leaves you on the edge of your seat. The suspense is upheld from the title of the movie to the very last shot when the credits role. This is one of many things that makes “Gravity” unique.
For a movie set in space they could have shown the Hollywood version of how things really are, but the filmmakers decided to go another route and tried to make it as realistic as possible.

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in “Gravity”, the story of survival after an accident leaves them in space.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star in “Gravity”, the story of survival after an accident leaves them in space.

One way in which they stayed true to reality was their use of sound. The movie was basically silent, with the exception of the soundtrack and the dialogue. For example, when debris crashes into the shuttle at high speed, there is only a muffle, not a bang. The same applies to the air thrusters in a jet pack. Subtle things like these go a long way to the believability of the film. The soundtrack, done by Steven Price, has the feel of science fiction but also your typical drama, and compliments the movie well.
The cinematography also stands out in the movie. As those who have seen “Children of Men” know, Alfonso Cauron likes to use long, smooth and wide shots. The first 12 minutes of “Gravity” displays unique shots, composed to be one continuous shot. This helps to build suspense because the shot isn’t cut until the space mission goes wrong. Even though there are numerous cuts in the film, they are so seamless that they don’t even seem to exist.
The cast truly completes the film. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are complimented by other very small roles with the only recognizable name being Ed Harris. Sandra Bullock has come a long way over the past decade. She is no longer someone to be typecast into comedies. Clooney does have a humorous attitude to him like he has had in previous serious films like “Gravity.” He lightens the mood quite a bit. His character also acts as a motivator. The cast has the chemistry to make this film believable.
“Gravity” is a film to see. The 3D and IMAX are worth the extra $3-5. Alfonso Cauron has pushed the limits of film again and has set new standards. A must see.
GRADE: 10/10