• Gareth Crook

Gravity (2013)

It’s been a while since I watched this, but it’s a nice brief (by today’s standards) 90 minutes that fit well into the afternoon. I first watched this in a cinema in 3D with one of those chairs that shakes you around. I’m not a fan of gimmicks, or 3D which is largely a gimmick, but I have to admit it worked wonderfully for this film. It is after all a film about floating around in space with several occasions to shake the hell out of you. That’s not all there is to it though. Yes it’s sentimental at its core and follows are fairly predictable story arc, but it’s still looks fantastic, rattles along at an engaging pace, sounds incredible and sets your teeth on edge. There’s some nice shots and tricks, making full use of the fact that very little is real in camera, pulling in through the helmet glass in the opening act. It’s also nice to see a strong female lead, I’m not a big Bullock fan, but she seems to fit this role perfectly. Clooney does his roguish clown thing well, adding that counter humour to the ramping tension. Yes it has an air of ‘Really, what the hell is gonna go wrong next’, but it’s a disaster movie, plain, simple and I really enjoyed it... again.


7/10



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