Review: Gravity

At 600km above planet Earth, the temperature  fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is nothing to carry sound.
No air pressure.
No oxygen.

Life in space is impossible.

George Clooney and Sandra Bullock - Gravity

Acadamy Award winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney team up in this non-stop thrill ride set in low Earth orbit.

Gravity takes a few minutes to introduce the audience to the main characters, then it takes a deep breath from it’s rapidly depleting oxygen tanks, and hits you with flying debris, leaving you gasping from the tension and thrills for the rest of the fast paced, heart stopping ride!

Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes.  The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.  The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue.  As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

Clooney and Bullock deliver intense performances, falling nothing short of the high flying standards one would expect. Ed Harris once again play Mission Control, the voice of reason and calm amidst the life threatening chaos. Harris played mission controler Gene Kranz in Apollo 13.

Clooney’s character Kowalksi brings us the few of the lighter, and more humours moments, being the more experienced astronaut, and mainting a clam compusure.

Houston, in the blind.  To confirm:
Mission Specialist Dr. Stone and Mission Commander
Matthew Kowalski are the sole survivors of the STS-157.

Bullock’s character Ryan is the less experienced of the team, fighitng nerves, panic and the on going danger coming at her from every angle.

The effects are biliiant, believable and technically correct, with few titles since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Oddysee presenting such realism and ‘silent space’. See the trailer below (keeping in theme with pushing the visual and technological boundries, now available to view in 2k).

Gravity is a must see, for its thrilling story, impressive effects, and engrossing performance by a top cast. A must see.

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By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb:

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