Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Run Time: 90 mins
Opens October 4th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Opening this week is a film that has been pleasing critics across the country since it’s unveiling at the Venice Film Festival. “Gravity” stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Early buzz is predicting that Bullock may be a contender for next year’s Oscars race, but how does the film stack up?
About 300 miles above the surface of the Earth orbits the Hubble Telescope. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) end up being the sole survivors when shrapnel from a Russian satellite strikes the telescope. The result of the damage results in Dr. Stone flung off into open space; spinning, panicking and losing oxygen fast, her only anchor is Kowalski talking her back to her senses.
Once she gets her bearings, Dr. Stone is able to communicate with Kowalski so he can retrieve her and scoot on over to the international space station before the space trash circles around the Earth. They only have about 90 minutes. If they don’t make it to the Space station before the next round of shrapnel hits, there will be no survivors from this latest space mission. Will they be able to make to the station or perish in a unique way?
So many adjectives can be used to describe this film. Stunning. Intense. Breathtaking. Awe-inspiring; most of all, amazing. What doesn’t look like much from the trailers released, this film is a 90 minute rollercoaster ride that will keep the viewer on the edge of their seat until the very end. Sandra Bullocks performance is exceptionable, in as the mental and emotional depths the role requires would take a toll on anyone. The chemistry and playful banter that Clooney and Bullock have on this film is fun to watch in the lighter moments and keeps the viewer rooting for them as they fight for their lives. Director Alfonso Cuarón has outdone himself as this is an unprecedented piece of work to have under his belt. Be sure to catch “Gravity” when it opens in theaters starting Friday October 4, 2013.