October 6, 2013

The new movie Gravity, directed by the visionary Alfonso Cuarón, is an expertly-crafted emotional ride that makes us realize why we love films so much. I know so many people who have trouble enjoying 3D movies because of various issues, but if there is a movie that has been made to defend and champion 3D film making, it is this one. (Who else has the James Cameron budget to work with?)

Space, that final frontier (sorry, I couldn't help myself), is the perfect environment to show people how effective 3D can be and what it can add to the viewing experience. If you missed the IMAX's "Space Station" which gave an incredible visual look at the international space station program then you're really in for a treat here. While "Space Station" is practically a public service documentary for the NASA program, "Gravity" is a harrowing disaster film that is both a claustrophobic look at survival as well as a sprawling outer space frontier film.

It's a simple movie at its core---a small team of astronauts are doing repairs to the outside of the Hubble Space telescope close to the International Space Station when an accident happens jeopardizing all their lives. Director Cuarón carefully crafts a movie (that clocks in at a tidy 90 minutes) that is riveting and exhilarating. Kudos for his use of sound which is quite brilliant as well because as the film explains, there is no air in space to carry sound so he adheres to the science for optimum effect. I won't tell you much more other than to say that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney also prove why they are top box office stars.

Go see this movie ASAP.

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