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Gravity (2013)

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Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 303
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Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is an eerie, tense sci-fi thriller that's masterfully directed and visually stunning.

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Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is an eerie, tense sci-fi thriller that's masterfully directed and visually stunning.

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Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening

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Believe the hype: Gravity is as jaw-droppingly spectacular as you've heard - magnificent from a technical perspective but also a marvel of controlled acting and precise tone.

October 5, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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Unfolding as a series of terrifying object lessons in Newtonian physics, the movie lends new meaning to the phrase "spatial geometry."

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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Gravity is not a film of ideas, like Kubrick's techno-mystical 2001, but it's an overwhelming physical experience -- a challenge to the senses that engages every kind of dread.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Nerve-racking, sentimental and thrilling, Gravity honors terra firma even as it reaches for the stars with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Cuarón and his cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, keep the audience in weightless suspension right along with the astronauts. For most of us, Gravity is the closest we will ever get to the real deal.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Gravity, a weightless ballet and a cold-sweat nightmare, intimates mystery and profundity, with that mixture of beauty and terror that the Romantics called the sublime.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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$90,000,000, a hundred, whatever they spent: this is a taut thriller built for audiences but also one of the most expensive experimental movies ever made. It's a thrill ride, but a work by a visual artist at the extremes of his acuity.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

The fact that the film touches on spiritual themes at all is worth noting, and makes this film just a little bit more than the thrill ride that all the ads have promised.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Patheos

An escape from the past that is simultaneously a flight to no future.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemania

One of the best science fiction movies in years.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

This is a story about people floating through space, and Alfonso Cuarón's feature brilliantly contrives to make the viewer feel similarly untethered, to often thrilling effect. This is surely the closest cinema comes to three-dimensional virtual abseiling.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

The single most stressful two hours you can have in a movie theatre - in the best possible way.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Surely there are Oscar nominations for all involved, and Gravity is set to be a classic.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

What could easily have been a dull practice in CGI is crafted by Alfonso Cuaron in to a journey for survival and learning how to cherish life...

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

For all the complicated CG wizardry and ostensibly visionary gloss...[Gravity] is aesthetically and structurally regressive.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

We've seen films set in outer space before, but nothing has ever felt this real.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

A sleek, smooth, immersive, and rather overwhelming spectacle of economy, efficiency, and all-around proficiency.

January 11, 2014 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

One of the ten best films of 2013.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

If Cuarón's long-gestating thriller is perhaps not quite the masterpiece we were hoping for, it is still a thrilling and visually striking work.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

A marvel of performance and effect utilizing the man against his environment/survival motif to justify visual and technical elegance and brilliance.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

You want to admire the technical achievement, except it never feels like a technical achievement. It just feels like you're there. And desperately want to leave.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

This masterpiece perfectly blends the elements of a science fiction blockbuster- A-list stars and amazing special effects- with a powerful and subtle story.

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

Cuaron's knack for long takes amplifies the terror, where devastation approaches without a sound and that thump you hear could very well be your own pulse.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: AskMen.com

It's a technical marvel -- appropriately breathtaking in its evocation of space's vastness and the buffeting suffered by the two astronauts in their efforts to anchor themselves to something solid. But Cuaron also knows how suspense works.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Gravity is, in the end, a perfect melding of the technological and the emotional.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

An absolute technical marvel in every way possible -- from cinematography to special effects to sound design to score, all of Gravity's technical parts work together in perfect harmony for maximum effectiveness.

December 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Audience Reviews for Gravity

Well here we are, the big Oscar winner, the talk of the town, so it seems. My brother stuck this on the Bluray the other night when I was at my folks, so without any warning I was thrown into orbit alongside the ever annoying Bullock and Hollywood lapdog Clooney. One thing was for sure, it was gonna be pretty.

The lowdown, a small team of astronauts are fixing the Hubble telescope when a field of lethal debris from a recent Russian missile strike on a satellite, hits them head on. The debris causes massive damage and strands our plucky heroes in orbit with virtually nowhere to go. From here on they must fight to survive by spacewalking to other nearby space stations to try and reach any remaining capsules so they can get back down to Earth.

OK so the first thing anyone with a brain will notice is the special effects, the visuals in general. Without trying to sound too deflating I have come to expect flashy super-duper effects from most modern films these days, its a given really isn't it, if the film doesn't look ultra amazing you'd be shocked. So while this film does have the perfect realistic look of a real NASA film from a real space mission...it somehow isn't overly mind blowing truth be told. It sure does look spot on for total scientific accuracy in every aspect from the space suits, the spacecraft, the space stations, cockpit controls, weightlessness, every little nut bolt and screw, and space physics in general.

So I can understand why this film won visual effects, kudos. But then we have the plot issues and accuracy issues, yeah yeah I know but come on, a big realistic film like this had better get its facts right...yes?, no. First off this Russian missile strike on a defunct satellite?? what the splodge was that about?!. Why would a country fire a missile at a defunct satellite firstly, surely this is bound to cause a chain reaction of problems. Secondly why blow up a satellite that no longer works? seems a bit over the top to me, surely you'd bring on international outrage doing this? causing a massive disaster in space, it just seems a really dumb decision. Then you have the fact that the astronauts lose contact with control completely, really? out of all the kit they have up there on various international platforms they still can't contact control! that's scary right there.

I won't go on about the technical issues as its nitpicking really...oh just one more. The astronauts travel between the Hubble, the ISS and the Chinese space station as if they are all in the same orbit!!. I'm afraid these objects are not in the same orbit and travelling between them would take some planning and a heck of a lot of fuel and oxygen, but hey kudos for trying anyway.

Whilst watching this visual extravaganza I realised something midway through, this film is nothing more than a pumped up Universal Studios or Disney's Hollywood Studios ride (formally MGM). Its all about the visuals and the ride, the plot is minimal and the acting was pretty standard in my opinion. Of course this being shown mainly in 3D only emphasises this notion, this whole experience is merely a theme park ride, hell I'm damn sure this film will be made into a theme park ride seeing as its pretty much there anyway, I can see it now, rumbling seats and smoke. There's nothing wrong with this essentially as it does what its suppose to do and thrill you with flashy CGI, but overall I kinda felt a bit tricked or cheated as it in no way feels like an actual movie.

As I already said the acting didn't inspire me much frankly. I dislike Bullock and have never rated her as an actress in any of her films mainly because she's the same in everything with that annoying squeaky clean voice and image. The same can be said for Clooney who simply plays Clooney in EVERYTHING!!, this guy cannot act one iota, he just does his smooth smug ladies man act because that's all he can do. He acts no better in this film than he does in a recent British coffee advert, its the same performance people!!! only difference here is he has an astronauts suit on sheesh!!.

I won't deny I didn't enjoy the film to a degree, it was nail biting at times which was all made possible down to the stupendous effects. But was it really that exciting? really? I mean the whole thing was so predictable, you know from the start the female will survive because in every film women are now the heroes (see what you have started Mr Cameron, with your 'Ripley' character). There was never a point where I didn't think she wouldn't survive otherwise there would be no film, there was only one slight surprise character wise, and I highlight *slight*.

I can see why this film made a splash and I fully backup the effects award even though in this day and age its not exactly a game changer, I think. The way they went about creating a fully realistic thriller in space that looks no different to something you'd expect to see from real footage is admirable, but that's all it is. Where as 'Apollo 13' was a nail biting epic drama, this really does feel like a short bombastic theme park ride with a wafer thin plot that's no better than a videogame. There's been a lot of fuss over this film and apart from the visuals I really don't get why. I feel like I'm repeating myself (I am) but bottom line its a big thumbs up for the effects and realism, but that's as far as it goes for me, my score reflects those two elements only.
April 12, 2014
phubbs1

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Two astronauts are cast adrift when an accident in orbit destroys their space shuttle and leaves them stranded. I saw Gravity in 3D to experience the full effect and I must admit, the space walk scenes are visually spectacular and surely the closest the vast majority of us will ever come to experiencing space travel. Having said that, once you look past the surface Gravity is little more than a formulaic disaster flick with a plot that can be described as flimsy at best. George Clooney's character is a space cowboy stereotype and Sandra Bullock's Dr. Rhinestone (Rian Stone...seriously?!) is a typical Hollywood hero who is totally defined by one tragic experience in her past and just floats around in her undies looking scared while various bits of zero G flotsam drifts conspicuously around. In fact when she started sniffling that nobody had taught her "how to pray" while her tears floated into camera (again...seriously?!) I began to lose patience. There's probably an eco subtext about our planet being precious in there somewhere and as a technical exercise in ground breaking effects Gravity is worth seeing, but as a piece of drama it just does not stand up.
April 1, 2014
garyX
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The most exciting and tremendous sci-fi adventure in years. This is definitely one of the very best pictures of 2013, hands down without a question. A gorgeous and riveting experience. Director, Alfonso Cuarón crafts an incredible work of art that shows off the the best of it's visual effects and the acting of it's lead star. A visually spectacular and emotionally gripping masterpiece. The special effects are outstanding, it really embraces you with its beauty and the power of its in-depth survival story. A jaw-droppingly mesmerizing and edge of your seat thriller that grabs you from its very first frame to its hopeful and unexpected conclusion. An unforgettable thrill-ride that's sentimental, nerve-racking and utterly stunning. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are terrific. Clooney is cool, calm and confident and offers heart and humor and wonderful charm to keep Bullocks shaky character at ease. Bullock is a tour de force, she gives an amazing and gripping performance. Bullock gives the best performance of her career. An awesome movie that delivers alot more than you expect.
March 18, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

Alfonso Cuaron is an interesting director who I've already marveled at in "Children of Men," and here he takes a huge chance and made a stellar sci-fi film that defied the realm of technical beauty. All the awards this won in sound and visual effects were hard earned and completely sage. There's only two people onscreen the entire film, one dies early, and that's that. Bullock, driving herself along on sheer will, pulls this movie's momentum by her teeth, cavorting through the dizzying effects and nausea inducing violence of space. This film could easily have been classified as horror as well, what with the trauma of the situation, the lack of hope and the apparent desperation on Dr. Ryan Stone's face. A lot of what makes this film exceptional is what it accomplishes, what with its shorter running time, the scale of its effects, and the great peril that the story induces. The connection between the character of Stone isn't always fluid, and because it's really a short battle between her and the final frontier, there's not a lot of excitement, even with the acclaimed effects. It has the same energy of "Apollo 13" without using characters besides Stone, and there's a greater danger, since she floats through space at times, rather than sits in a smoking aircraft, yet there's still the same hopelessness, the same inner struggle, and the same brutal end. Bullock is exceptional, Cuaron is a master, and this film is a great achievement in the genre, overall.
March 17, 2014
FrizzDrop

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    1. Matt Kowalski: Don't worry those pretty blue eyes of yours, Stone.
    2. Dr. Ryan Stone: My eyes are brown, Kowalski.
    – Submitted by Omika S (36 days ago)
    1. Dr. Ryan Stone: Don't let go...
    – Submitted by Omika S (36 days ago)
    1. Dr. Ryan Stone: I know, we are all gonna die...
    – Submitted by Oscar E (2 months ago)
    1. Dr. Ryan Stone: Please copy...
    – Submitted by Oscar E (2 months ago)
    1. Dr. Ryan Stone: All right, the way I see it, there's only two possible outcomes.
    2. Dr. Ryan Stone: Either I make it down there in one piece and I have one hell of a story to tell...or I burn up in the next ten minutes.
    3. Dr. Ryan Stone: Either way, whichever way...no harm, no foul!
    4. Dr. Ryan Stone: Because either way...it'll be on helluva ride.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (4 months ago)
    1. Dr. Ryan Stone: I hate space.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (4 months ago)
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