Gravity is the first film from 2013 that has captured my total love and adoration.
Deep down, I'd be so happy for this film to win Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards. It's one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen.
A team of astronauts are out in space to fix a satellite or telescope (something like that).
The main members are the charismatic and lovable.
Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), and the serious and solemn Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock).
At first I wanted to tell you what led to the main story, but I think I should leave the movie to explain that one.
Basically, female astronaut Ryan Stone must try to survive against all the odds out in space, on her own.
The first ten minutes of the movie is presented without any camera cutaways, as if there is a cameraman who is up in space with these characters and is letting the camera run continuously while moving from one part of the environment to the next and taking in everything that is happening.
Even the sudden transition from routine space work to an emergency situation is shown without jumps in camera shots.
This camera technique is so effective in making this film as gripping as it is.
You can expect to see this throughout much of the rest of the film. The more time you see something continuously on screen, the more you feel like you are part of the action.
As you can see, it is not easy to be an astronaut.
So far, I really did not talk about the plot and characters, and there's a reason for that: they're minimal.
There is nothing more to the story other than the effort to safely make it home, and we learn almost nothing about the personal lives of Stone and Kowalski.
While I always love movies that have well-developed plotlines and characters, I am totally fine with having none of that in this movie, especially when survival is the only thing that is on our minds.
Besides, the special effects and visual presentation make up for it.
I will say, though, that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play their roles well.
Gravity is a great example of a movie that is 90 minutes long but makes full use of its running time.
It shows that, even with almost no plot and a very small cast list,a great film can excel by developing one element well.
Director Alfonso Cuarón can definitely be proud of Gravity, and I certainly can say that this movie is one of his best.
It's a film that provides great breathtaking cinematography, not to mention a greater appreciation for what it's like to be up there in space.