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Issue: Spring, 2013

Gravity 3D (2013) movie review

Fleeing from Disaster


A U.S. Space Shuttle mission is destroyed by flying debris and the survivors must make their way to alternative space-borne accommodations to find a rescue vehicle and flee to the Earth.

Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a mission specialist who has left the safety of her basement laboratory and her lonely life to help upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. As she battles nausea a veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) is flying about decrying the fact that he will not beat the record for space walking. When the shuttle is hit by debris they are the lone survivors and decide to make for the International Space Station, which is also being evacuated.

Gravity is essentially Stone's story as she races from one disaster to another trying to find a way home.

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Movie poster, Gravity 3D
Don't Let Go

This is standard science fiction adventure fare. The astronaut in space (see also Marooned, for example) is a familiar story. What makes Gravity stand out is that this is not a military or paramilitary person, but an ordinary (scientist) person trained in simulators who suddenly finds her life depends on the seemingly impossible. Oh, and the special effects.

The treatment of weightlessness is extraordinary. Objects float about, even Bullock's short hair in the opening sequences. The debris flying out of the screen was convincing and startling enough to make one cringe instinctively. Usually 3D is a bit of a novelty, but in this case it is handled with conviction and taste.

A fast-paced ride.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 3 October 2013
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Just the facts:

Title: Gravity 3D (2013)
Written by: Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Running time: 91 min
Rating: M

The Players: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (Mission Control voice)

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