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Friday, October 4, 2013

Gravity (2013)

During a spacewalk, debris from a satellite destroys a space shuttle leaving an astronaut (George Clooney) and an engineer (Sandra Bullock) adrift in space. With time and oxygen running out, what are their options? GRAVITY arrives with near universal critical acclaim since its debut at the Venice film festival. Can it possibly live up to the hype? A resounding YES! It is an extraordinary film experience and experience is the operative word here. It's about as close to space travel that any of us is likely to get near. I'm no fan of 3D but if any film justifies 3D, it's GRAVITY. The clarity is astounding and never once is it used as a gimmick but as a cinematic tool that gives us more insight to what its characters are physically feeling. With this film and TREE OF LIFE, Emmanuel Lubezki has taken his place as the prime cinematographer working in film today and I can't praise the awesome multi directional sound design of Niv Adiri enough who does for your ears what Lubezki does for your eyes. This is not the kind of film you wait for the DVD and see at home. If you don't see it in 3D, you haven't seen it. There are only two characters in the film and Clooney is essentially a supporting role, the film belongs to Bullock whose performance here is a lock on an Oscar nomination. Mention must also be made of Steven Price's near non stop music score which is a very part of the film's fabric. If you love the movies, you can't miss this! Bravo, Alfonso Cuaron!

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