Space is one of mankind’s greatest marvels. It’s so vast our knowledge of what is out there is so minimal and it always seems we are learning new things about it. It’s filled with beauty while also being scary as all hell. Gravity nails the scary bit on the head precisely.
Taking place in the Earth’s orbit we find a crew of astronauts on a mission to add medical equipment to an orbiting satellite. Two of the astronauts outside the ship are having a good time, playing around in space, either tethered to the ship or via jetpack. Ryan Stone (Bullock) on the other hand seems to be a bit nervous as it’s her first time out in space. Kowalski (Clooney) uses jokes to help ease the tension and entertain mission control back on Earth. Things take a bit of a turn quickly into the film as mission control gets word of a mass cluster of debris caught in orbit because the Russian’s shot a missile at their own satellite. This is a very real and possible scenario known as the Kessler syndrome.
Gravity has a 91 minute runtime and it feels like a sprint to the finish line. Everything happening in this movie is in real-time. No elapsing of time or flashbacks. The action is going minute by minute and the crew essentially being in danger from the first 10 minutes in to the end of the movie.
The realism and pacing of the film really helps get across how dangerous space can be. It also shows just how frail the suits and ships can are when faced with debris speeding towards it like a super bullet. Some of the scenes can be a bit dizzying/disorienting because of what is going on and that only helps bring the point across that out there in space there is no up or down.
Visually Gravity is one of the most stunning movies I have ever seen. Quite possibly the most. Everything looks so damn real, between the atmosphere and just how they decided to film the scenes. It is a true testament to the director, the cinematographer and editor. As if I ever ventured into space this is what I would picture it looking and feeling like.
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
Written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron
Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris
Runtime: 91 min
Release: October 4, 2013