Thursday, October 3, 2013

Review: Gravity [2013]

"Anybody.... Please Copy!"


Background:
Release Date: 3 October 2013 (Malaysia), 4 October 2013 (USA)
Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron
Written By: Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Duration: 90 minutes
In A Nutshell:
Dr. Ryan Stone (played by Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first mission in space. Along with Matt Kowalski (played by George Clooney), whom is an astronaut on his final mission, they form part of a team on mission in space. A major accident occurs and leaves the two of them stranded alone in the vastness of space with no communication with earth whatsoever.


Thumbs Up:
+ This was probably aided by my first experience in an IMAX-3D theater, but the visuals were just breathtakingly stunning. In fact, they were out of this world! (yes, that was a pun)
+ Sandra Bullock's performance as a rookie astronaut really added to the thrills of the movie. No surprise there!
+ Here's an irony. Despite being in the vastness of space, the audience can actually expect to feel claustrophobic.
+ Nice camera-interchanges from the normal view to the first-person perspective. The audience will feel truly immersed.
+ The score was great. Another nice addition to the emotion and experience of the film.
+ The ending. What an amazing pay-off. 
Thumbs Down:
- n/a. I initially wanted list the lack of Clooney screen time. But then I realized that his absence actually made the film stronger and better (see *The Verdict Is In* segment below)


The Verdict Is In:
I had the chance to see an early preview of this film but passed the opportunity as the screening wasn't in IMAX. I wanted this movie to be my first experience of that format (especially after reading Ruth from Flixchatter's comments). Boy, did I made the right decision because the visuals, camera work, and score really were beyond awesome. I really did feel part of the movie.


The movie starts off with the stunning view of space and earth. Everything is so calm and beautiful as the space crew works and we just can't help but feel mesmerized. But then, after a few minutes, the panic and chaos arrives. From there on, it is just suspense and thrills. Sandra Bullock plays her rookie astronaut character extremely well, as her tendency to panic really does feel contagious to audience in the theater. The sense of danger just fills up the air and eventually infect you. Despite the sheer unlimited vastness of space, its darkness and emptiness will actually make you feel contained and maybe even claustrophobic. The decision to focus on just Sandra Bullock's character later in the movie was genius, as the feeling of loneliness actually added to that claustrophobic feel.

With good movies like Prisoners [2013], Rush [2013], and now Gravity [2013] being released these past few weeks, it is a clear sign that awards season is here. This is when the best movies, story-wise, are released. I'm extremely excited now!
Rating:
9.5 out of 10

10 comments:

  1. Something that needs to be seen on the big screen, in order to be believed. That's all, folks. Good review Asrap.

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  2. gonna watch this tomorrow yea yea...nasib 1 hr 30 min cause judging by the trailer (and director) cerita cam those artsy long shot...and truth be told..aku dah tak tahan cerita more than 2 hrs...dah tua kot..lol

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    1. Haha... setuju! Aku ada ADHD so cite pjg2 nih agak challenging bagi aku kalo x interesting. But lately there seems to be a lot of films with long durations. Plus, when your day is already packed, a 2 1/2 movie seems a distraction right?

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  3. I really want to see this movie in IMAX. Whoa, the score's almost perfect. Got to see this one soon.

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    1. This is one movie where I'm confident in saying "Believe the hype!". And yes, please see it in IMAX Andina! You'll have a blast!

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  4. Cannot wait to see this one. I wasn't as hyped as everyone else until I saw that final trailer - it just looks so insanely powerful. I bet I'll be gasping for breath during the movie.

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    1. I've only seen the teaser trailer. It is intense, and Sandra Bullock plays a big part of that!

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  5. Wahoo! Glad to see the high score for this Asrap. I actually like that Clooney's not in it too long, he's a bit too goofy in the beginning. Besides, the story is more about Sandra's character.

    Thanks for the link, Asrap, thrilled that we agree on this one! :D

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    1. True. Clooney's absence for the good. Sandra Bullock being all alone just raised the stakes and suspense.

      No problem. I'm glad I took your advice to see it IMAX too!

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