Gravity

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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 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. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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Cast

Sandra Bullock
as Dr. Ryan Stone
George Clooney
as Matt Kowalski
Orto Ignatiussen
as Aningaaq Voice
Phaldut Sharma
as Shariff Voice
Ed Harris
as Mission Control Voice
Amy Warren
as Explorer Captain Voice
Basher Savage
as Russian Space Station Captain Voice
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Critic Reviews for Gravity

All Critics (342) | Top Critics (61)

  • 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.

    Dec 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Director and co-writer Cuarón brilliantly manages to create both awe at his glorious space vistas, and knuckle-gobbling tension at what's happening in the foreground.

    Nov 7, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfolding as a series of terrifying object lessons in Newtonian physics, the movie lends new meaning to the phrase "spatial geometry."

    Oct 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 4, 2013 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Nerve-racking, sentimental and thrilling, Gravity honors terra firma even as it reaches for the stars with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

    Oct 4, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gravity

  • Jun 08, 2017
    Simplistic, fast phase, emotional roller coaster that delivers pure deep space terror; nerve wracking suspense; outstanding cinematography, and awe inspiring performance by Bullock and Cloony. Certainly, reiterating that in space, as breath-taking its peaceful beauty could be, can harm anyone in the most cruel manner. Anything could happen in the infinite abyss and no one could ever lend a hand. It's like watching 'Final Destination' in a space setting that possesses more engaging characters, surrealness and delivers a good story with a subtle message.
    John Ross D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2016
    Space, the endless emptiness that holds many wonders and anomalies. It's been the setting for hundreds of movies through the years. In fact many masterpieces have been set in space: Stanley Kubrick's ground breaking 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ridley Scott's terrifying Alien and Pixar's animated feature Wall-E. Then came 2013, a year that seemed to be full of standard summer blockbusters and a few indie films...just like any other year. But in the fall, critics went crazy. "Nothing could ever beat Avatar, visually" they all said, including myself...but i was wrong. The behemoth that took the cinema by storm came out...Gravity. I remember being so excited going to the cinema to watch this, I went on release day with my family. After the film finished, I was on the edge of my seat...sweating with my eyes widened at what I just saw. From that moment, I knew this was the greatest thing I ever watched. For a film that consists of essentially 4 actors (3 of them on screen and 1 voice actor), I was completely engaged and convinced that I was with those characters. Sandra Bullock was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role but it was tough year and unfortunately did not win, but the nomination alone just shows how incredible she was. George Clooney was witty, comedic and re-assuring as the most experienced astronaut in the group. The chemistry between Bullock and Clooney was brilliant, given the circumstance of what happens during the film. This overall however is Bullock's film, she has the most screen time and has to convey the emotions of what she is going through by herself...and also inform the viewers what is happening etc.   Alfonso Cuarón, who also directed the underrated Children of Men, takes directing duties for Gravity and is absolutely outstanding. I mean the first shot of the film is all one take and goes on for 10 minutes. The man is a genius when it comes to controlling the camera, so many great one take shots which just shows the confidence he has in order to pull them off. He balances the dialogue with the thrills perfectly so that it never becomes boring. The fact he won the Oscar for best director just proves all of this. Emmanuel Lubezki is the cinematographer and also won the Oscar for best cinematography for this movie (deservedly so!). There is also one scene where the camera moves slowly towards bullock's character and then (still in the same shot) goes through her helmet to see her point-of-view...it's just genius. Cuarón also wrote the script with his brother, and managed to bring in emotion, courage and humour within the 91 minute runtime. In space, you cannot hear anything. Gravity does something very clever in which we hear the sounds of space through the space suits, so if a character touches something that is shaking we as the viewers hear the reverb through the suit. It's this kind of sound editing that makes this an enthralling experience, especially when viewing with surround sound. Steven Price is the composer and also won the Oscar for original score. The soundtrack to this film is masterful, in fact one scene towards the end is so epic because of the composition behind it...really gets your heart racing.   The star of the film however are the visual effects, never has space looked so good! The detail of Earth in the background and the sun shining in the distance is breathtaking. Even during scenes of intense explosions with pieces of metal flying around, it's just sublime to look at. The way they filmed this was to have Bullock and Clooney in an LED light box and then add the visual effects in after (all done by a British team of visual effect experts). This is one of the few films designed for 3D viewing and I can honestly say it is on par with Avatar for best 3D effects. The ultimate way to view this film is in 3D so if you get the chance, don't blink twice...just watch it!   What else is there to say? Gravity is my favourite film of all time, everyone who knows me knows that I adore this film, I physically cannot find a flaw. It's a masterpiece. Unfortunately it's a film that a lot of people like to hate and sure everyone has their opinions, but hating a film just because it's highly rated is not an excuse. So if you haven't seen Gravity, go out to the shop, but the 3D Blu-ray, but a massive TV with surround sound and enjoy it. No thanks necessary, you are all very welcome! - Review at: http://www.themoviediorama.com
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2016
    I've always been fascinated by outer space. From NASA's space program to nebulas that are millions of light years away, some part of space always seems intriguing to me. Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity provides an exciting and emotional adventure in the far reaches of Earth's atmosphere unlike any I've experienced before. Gravity focuses on two astronauts, played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, as their Space Shuttle mission is torn apart (literally) by an orbiting field of space debris. The rest of the film focuses on their struggle to survive in the silent, zero-gravity, and zero-oxygen environment above earth. The main standouts in the film are the performances by the main (and only) actors, Bullock and Clooney (but did anyone catch Ed Harris' voice as Mission Control?). Bullock's performance is especially good: her portrayal of a scared, vulnerable amateur astronaut is believable, emotionally compelling, and empowering. And while Clooney's performance as a fatherlike, veteran astronaut is easily overshadowed by his co-star's, he also does a great job. The visual effects in the film also deserve praise, because as far as I could tell, the majority of Gravity was actually filmed in space. The above-earth shots are impressive and dazzling, and the scene of the destruction of the International Space Station stood out as some of the thriller's finest eye-candy. Aside from that, the screenplay and script, the beautiful cinematography, the soundtrack (which is sometimes non-existent to emphasize the silence of space), and the story are all spectacular. Gravity defines itself as one of the best thrillers, dramas, and space adventures to ever set foot in the film industry, and it, along with its brilliant director, deserves a thunderous round of applause.
    Paul F Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    A movie with so much buzz surrounding it, should really be a lot better than it actually was. This movie was a great experience in the cinema, but it really doesn't fit into the rewatching category. When you watch it on your small television screen, it is incredibly boring, because you can't indure the amazing picture and amazing cinematography like you could in the cinema. Alfonso Cuarón directs the hell out of this movie, though, and even though Sandra Bullock is only actor in the majority of the movie, she really gives an amazingly perfect performance and you can always see the fear in her eyes. The movie, however, is a bit of a disappointing when you rewatch it, because you can't get the amazing experience you got in the cinema.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer

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