Gravity Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney, directed by Alfonso Cuaron.
Seasoned astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) is on his final mission in space, while medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is making her first outing on the Space Shuttle. While they are engaged in extra-vehicular activity, debris collides into the shuttle, damaging it irreparably. Kowalsky and Stone now find themselves drifting in space with low oxygen supplies and cut off from all communication on Earth. They work together in their attempt to survive but will they make it back to solid ground?
Rating this movie as the best space film ever made makes one rather sceptical given the massive movies that came before including trilogies Star Wars, Star Trek and a multitude of one-off gems like Apollo 13… but I gotta say, it is!
I went into the 3D cinema in Santa Barbara on my trip to the US and sat down with (quite literally) a bucket of popcorn and enough coke to float with Ark (with a promise of a free refill!). But by the time to film started, I hardly move, never mind drank or ate.
This movie did what so many before it haven’t; held me spellbound throughout the entire film and left feeling both elated and exhausted by the end. Great performances, brilliant use of sound (or lack of it) astonishing direction and SFX, but most of all an incredible story.
Verdict: Miss this little beauty at your peril. Astonishingly good! *****
This film will be shown at The Harbour Club, Portscatho on Monday 3rd March.