Thursday, 12 December 2013

FILM: Gravity (10/10)

Why did I watch it?
I loved the trailers for this film and I read so much about the technical production decisions Cuarõn and his son made that I couldn't wait to see it. Still it took me some time after it was released.

What's it all about?
Servicing the Hubble telescope, first timer Sandra Bullock and experienced George Clooney are caught in an orbiting storm of debris from a defunct Russian satellite and are cut adrift from their tethers into outer space with only each other for company.

The Good:
  • Visually stunning. One of, if not the most impressive looking films made to date. Befits the use of 3D as well. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki deserves an Oscar for his work.
  • The film's sound production. The combination of no sound effects to reflect the true out of space nature along with Stephen Price's score is brilliant and it's so bizarre to watch debris smashing everywhere with no sound effects.
  • Cuarõn gets a fantastic performance from Sandra Bullock and George Clooney isn't too shabby either as the cocksure astronaut jet packing about.
  • Excellent decision to cast Ed Harris as the voice of Houston Mission Control
  • The first shot, 15 minutes from opening to the debris collision
The Bad:
  • After Bullock spins away following the collision, the shot spins with her for what seems ages with space/Earth/space/Earth and I felt pretty dizzy
The worst time for a fumble in the dark
Favourite line:
'Clear skies with a chance of satellite debris' - Ryan Stone

Stand-out moment:
The initial debris hit and subsequent chaos.

Like the film? Watch: Cast Away
Like the director? Watch: Children of Men

What my wife would say: 'Real good', oh and she cried.

What the world thinks:
Rotten Tomatoes - 97%
Metacritic - 96/100
LAMB Score - 4.71
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