Gravity 12A

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
Origin: United States

Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men) directs this sci-fi thriller about a medical engineer and an astronaut (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney) working frantically to save themselves after an accident leaves them spinning hopelessly adrift through space. A technical jaw-dropper and a white-knuckle survival tale, this one will take your breath away in so many ways.


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Colin Shanks said:

Opening with what appears to be one very long continuous take, Sandra Bullock's medical researcher Dr Ryan Stone, and seasoned astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) are in the middle of a space walk to install some new research equipment to the Hubble Telescope, when a shower of debris hits their shuttle and leaves them adrift in space.

Despite the fact this film is set in the vast emptiness of space (agoraphobics beware!) it is also incredibly tense and claustrophobic, and with a cast you can count on one hand the sheer audacity of the project must be applauded. The sound is a revelation, with you hearing only what the characters would hear, emphasising the duality of agoraphobia and claustrophobia.

Although the final scene wrangles with me, I fully expect this to be up for around 8 Oscars (Best Film, Director, Actress, Supporting Actor, Sound Design, Sound Editing, Cinematography and Screenplay) and certainly to win in two or three of those categories.

See it soon as everybody will be talking about it!

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