Alfonso Cuarón may be better known for making the only good Harry Potter film, but it will be for ‘Gravity’ that he is forever remembered.
Straight from the jaw-dropping 17-minute opening take, Cuarón positions ‘Gravity’ as the best space film since ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.
It aggressively defines a generation of technology in cinema, and makes it look easy. I would not hesitate to say that this is the only film that benefits from 3D. Until now, it has never been necessary.
When their ship is destroyed by a catastrophic debris storm, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) become separated from their ship and each other and attempt to survive and seek rescue with nothing but nearly depleted oxygen tanks and the vast unknown of the cosmos surrounding them.
That’s all there is to it – two actors and the deeply embedded human fear of being lost in space. What ‘Gravity’ does so effectively is make you feel claustrophobic even in the infinite boundaries of space. You are in those spacesuits with the characters and fighting for survival with them.