A visual and thematical powerhouse, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity takes us on an adventure travel into space and tells us that life in and around the space stations orbitting our planet is beautiful and breathtaking. It is also harmless and peaceful, as long as everything goes according to plan. But when an emergency situation arises, every intrinsic human emotion of helplessness, isolation and mortality is multiplied out there, and the real horror that unfolds in space is not a battle against aliens and the unknown, but rather a battle against the laws of physics.
This is the genius of
Gravity, the most stirring and realistic
(save a couple of details)
The screenplay, written by Cuarón and his son Jonás, is brilliant in all its simplicity, and brought to life by a superb performance from Sandra Bullock coupled with magnificent use of special effects. The result is probably the most visually astounding film of the CGI era, and Cuarón's confident spacing and elegant use of panning into POV-shifts and long takes that go from quiet to action-filled and back, gives us in the audience a feeling of floating around in space with our two protagonists. I have never seen a film conveying the feeling of weightlessness as well as Gravity does. The title says it all really.
I already mentioned Sandra Bullock, who gives her best performance since Speed here. No wait, strike that, her best performance ever. Her character grows into the predicament she finds herself in, and Bullock is able to project her struggles in a forceful, physical manner that leaves you unnerved and energized at the same time. Rarely have I walked out of the cinema appreciating the ground that I walk on more than I did after having seen Gravity. Wow!