Sorry for not getting a chance to review this sooner, but it's here now! Gravity follows the story of an astronaut, Matt Kowalski, and a medical engineer, Ryan Stone, who are up in space repairing the Hubble telescope. Things soon go wrong as debris floats towards their direction. Tragedity comes when Ryan is disconnected from the shuttle and begins to float endlessly away from Earth. The two survivors must now work together to not only survive, but get back to Earth.
Gravity is a Sandra Bullock driven film. I am just overly happy about the casting of the main two actors because if they were casted badly this film would be atrocious to watch as for majority of the film we just see Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who isn't in it as much as Bullock. Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone and she drives this film. This isn't a negative, but in fact a positive thing. She does outstanding in the film although I will say more about that soon.
The cinematography was just incredible. A lot of scenes feature CGI, but the cinematography in each scene is incredible. Right at the start the film doesn't cut for 13 minutes! A 13 MINUTE LONG TAKE! It was just incredible. Occasionally throughout the film we see things through Sandra Bullock's perspective and I would be pissing my pants in her position. All she could see in spinning and darkness. It was truly terrifying. As well as these two the film also has a few other long cuts and pans and moving shots. None as long as the opening sequence, but still breath taking.
The special effects in the film are just out of this world, pun intended! Practically 95% of the sets and scenery were done using CGI, but it's hard to believe that. Everything in the film just looks so convincing and like I'm literally in space with them. The film, without a doubt, will win an oscar for Visual Effects next year. I have absolutely no doubts about that.
Gravity was just the right length. The film didn't drag on for too long or not go long enough, it was the perfect run time. An hour and a half was the perfect time to show everything and what these characters do in the situation they were in. If it went for any longer then this I would begin to get a bit bored, but I'm glad it didn't.
Gravity had me on the edge of my seat with my jaw dropped for most of the film. It was very intense and at times disturbing. These people were in the worst situation possible and the way they handled it and tried to stay calm just bewilders me. I would do pretty much anything to avoid drifting off into space, it's traumatising just thinking about it.
The acting in the film was sensational. There is really only two actual actors in the film, the rest are just voices that are in it for only a very short period of time. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock give some of the best performances in their career, just like with the cast of Prisoners. Coincidentally both these films will get the same rating as they were both amazing films.
To sum up Gravity was an intense edge of your seat thriller that's driven by Sandra Bullock. The cinematography was great, the special effects were amazing and it was the perfect run time.