It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a film quite as exhausting and quite as terrifying as Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Scarier than pretty much any situation imaginable in horror films (or in life itself), Gravity presents you with the idea of being lost in complete nothingness, miles and miles beyond earth.
Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission with Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), a space veteran with a love for vodka and reminiscent stories. Bar few voice parts from mission control and other unseen astronauts, this is a two-man show and the audience follows Bullock and Clooney on a psychologically and physically draining journey of desperation, solidarity and human survival.
Unfortunately for Stone, practically everything that could go wrong on a space mission does go wrong, and the audience are on the edges of their seats, willing her to survive. Never before have I been so grateful to be sitting safely in the cinema, back down here on earth, although at times it didn’t quite feel like it. The 3D aspect of Gravity bring a whole new level of believability to the film, and draw the audience into the drama. Sometimes I feel the whole 3D thing is a bit of an unnecessary gimmick, where things fly out of the screen at you just for the sake of it, but Gravity manages to use the 3D technology to blur the line between reality and fiction. One of the reasons it’s so thrilling is because it feels so real, and it feels so real because you feel like you are physically in the film, floating through the nothingness with the characters. Watching Gravity was more than just watching a film, it was an experience, one which left us all pretty exhausted.
I would thoroughly recommend Gravity, and catch it soon while it’s still in cinemas. This is not the sort of film that would be as good on a small (and non-3D) screen. It’s a truly masterful piece of cinema.
Watch the trailer here.