Review: 'Gravity' Is A Visual Masterpiece With Brilliant Acting

October 4th, 2013 1:06pm EDT | Two Jews On Film By: Two Jews On Film


There are a few things that really scare me. Being buried alive is one, as well as being locked in a room with snakes and rats. But after watching the brilliant heart stopping thriller 'Gravity,' I can now say being stranded in space is on the list.

'Gravity' is directed by Alfonso Curaron ('Children of Men'), who co-wrote the script with his son Jonas. This film is not only breathtaking but ground breaking. When I left the theatre, I definitely felt that I'd been to deep space - that's how amazing the visual effects are. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what it's like in space, there is nothing to carry sound, there is no oxygen and there is no air pressure. Of course it's not all bad, the beauty is astonishing.

But that's not necessarily the case when you find yourself stranded in such an environment. The film opens in the silent abyss 800 kilometers above the Earth's atmosphere, where the Shuttle Explorer is in orbit. Mission Specialist Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) who is attached to a robotic arm is installing a new scanning system on the Hubble Telescope. Dr. Stone's obvious discomfort in zero gravity is in stark contrast to the Mission Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) - who happily rides around space in his jet pack, while listening to old school country western music on his radio.

This is his final voyage into space and Matt is having a blast.