September 30, 2013

Haiku Review: Gravity


Gravity (****)

Space is not empty
Explosions cause lots of junk
Sandra is alone


POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. A couple of weeks ago, Colt and I had the chance to attend a free pre-release screening of Gravity. (It officially opens this Friday, Oct. 4.) I wasn't really thinking about seeing the movie in theaters—it looked good, but not need to see good—but came out of the theater really impressed. And—*gasp*—it was even in 3D!

Gravity is the story of an astronaut who gets caught in space after an explosion destroys her ride (the space shuttle), and she must use what she can find to make her way back to earth.

The movie is certainly epic, but it's hard not to be when set in space. It's also fast-paced and action-packed; there were very few moments when I wasn't on the edge of my seat because of what had happened or what was about to happen. Sandra Bullock does an amazing job of practically carrying the movie by herself, although George Clooney's character does add a bit of levity to a very tense two-plus hours. Even the 3D wasn't as distracting as it often is—there were a few points of things flying into your face, but for the most part it just made the movie feel "bigger." I think that helped the epic feel even more.

The film can be a bit predictable, however, and the science behind the issues Sandra's character faces seems a little iffy, but overall, the movie was really good. (Totally makes me have second thoughts about that whole wanting to be an astronaut thing, though.)

2 comments:

  1. I just saw one of the trailers on TV the other day and was blown away. Epic is the word, for sure.

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  2. The more I think about it, the more I like it. And I would be very surprised were Sandra Bullock not to get Oscar buzz for the role.

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