gravity-reviewGravity is undoubtedly an amazing cinematic experience. It stays in your head for a long while and the reason is simply the making that is really unique. With so much of realistic events happening around you in a scientifically sensible way we can only say “wow” for this space ride. With those long shots without any cuts making us realize about the depth of that space and a making that utilizes the silence in an intriguing level, Alfonso Cuarón has created something really mind blowing.

The scenario here has Mission Specialist Dr. Ryan Stone, Astronaut Lieutenant Matt Kowalski and another engineer Sheriff on their space shuttle mission. The crew gets warnings from mission control that the debris of a destroyed Russian satellite is heading their way and they must abort the mission. The accident sadly happens and how these astronauts try to escape from this situation that is highly dangerous or literally impossible is what the content all about.

Much like the case of life of pi, the basic idea here also is the hope factor. And where the movie scores or I should rather say amuses you is the way it has been made. To see a grand destruction sequence without much background score and still you sitting and watching it with that “Oh My God!” expression on your face explains how well this movie has been made. The way Matt’s character and the cool attitude influencing the weak hearted Ryan was also really endearing. How they pitched that return of Matt in the later phase was also really cool. The careful detailing in the making like that sequence where our main protagonist is left unaware of the blast that just happened behind her, the floating tears and even those final sequence that doesn’t make it easy for the character to get out of the mess easily makes this cinema much close to perfection.

Alfonso Cuarón’s direction style has this affection for uncut sequences. And if I am not wrong almost the first five or six minutes of the movie is just one shot. Even in visually heavy sequences the cuts are quite less which really increases the anxiety in us. Screenplay is well written as it never relaxes once the angst is there. The last flight involving the Chinese is something that is humorous and anxious simultaneously. The dialogs are less and fitting. Almost all the dialogs of Matt are really humorous. Edits are smooth. Background score is less and they have used it only at those slots which required that emotional ascend. Visual Effects is fantastic without any doubt.

Sandra Bullock is the one who gets the main attention here and she has done a fabulous job as Ryan. George Clooney quite easily makes Matt Kowalski a memorable, influential cool character.

It’s your cheapest way to go for a moonwalk. Even Edwin Aldrin (Buzz Aldrin) has said that the visual treatment is remarkable. I had a great time watching this unique cinema that is fresh in many aspects and my rating is also a fresh one. 4.5/5 – missing this is crime.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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