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Review of "GRAVITY"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2013. Written 1st December 2013. First published 1st December 2013. Revised 2nd December 2013 and again the same day Revised 2nd December 2013.
REVIEW: "GRAVITY" by Jayne Waterford

Come on. This film was a painful exercise in look-at-me. Bullock's box even drifts past our vision. She is out there, alone, for the fans, after the manner of Yoko Ono not sitting in a chair and calling it performance.

Our movie, Alfonso Cuarón's "GRAVITY" (2013), opens with fabulous and credible, goose-bump-inducing vistas of earth from outer space (obviously photographs). Then the crew orbit into view and yep, it's Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) zipping around the space station using up valuable fuel playing, while an unfortunately nervous Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), taking me directly back to Steven Spielberg's teary "MUNICH" (2005), stresses out about conducting a repair. They lay down some moves reminiscent of the Lawrence Kasdan's "THE BIG CHILL" (1983) and then the plot ensues, blowing all suspense with improbability.

And Clooney's Kowalski lets go too soon. Tim Robbins (Woody Blake) and Connie Nielsen (Terri Fisher) did it much better in Brian De Palma's "MISSION TO MARS" (2000). Their relationship was cemented in place in our minds before he - let go. Clooney's astro-desperado acted more like he wanted to be invited around for tea.

There are ghosts, there is credible isolation. There are too many girly near misses on the part of Miss Rinestone.

Apparently the satellite sphere is so cluttered 600km above earth that one thing exploding means they all fall down, all being within the space occupied by one football field, or the interior of a large studio. This was a condensed version of a scenario named by NASA, "the Kessler Syndrome." (PNs)

The star of Cuarón's show is the immaculate, "hybrid of live-action, computer animation and CGI, with sets, backgrounds and even costumes rendered digitally," (PNs) that generated the illusion of being in space. Both wires and the vomit comet (plane in a dive creating momentary weightlessness) were illiminated early.

Unless you are mad about either Clooney, here referred to as Kowalski, reminiscent of Billy Crystal's character (Mike) in "MONSTER'S UNIVERSITY" (2013) OR Bullock, who never quite gets down to her astro-biff, phoning it in with virtually no external point of reference but enamoured with the fact that everyone in the room is starring at her then skip it. In my opinion Bullock acts best when she is asserting her opinion on a contentious issue, like in her Academy Award® winning performance in John Lee Hancock's "THE

BLIND SIDE" (2009) or Paul Haggis' "CRASH" (2004). However, to back off a little I must admit that her performance may have been lost in CGI, that computer operators may have stuck her face on something acting prettily for the camera. It was a performance that was not fun.

Props to Bob McNaught who mapped this space junk to determine our magnetic field at Schmidt Telescope, Siding Springs, NSW, Australia, in the 1980s. Wouldn't he have a field day today?

I'm not jealous. "GRAVITY" was disappointing and the acting was reduced to star gazing. I can't help it if I went twice. This was awful. The idea is great but it didn't move me. I will not be buying the DVD. 3/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2013.


Alfonso Cuarón's
"GRAVITY" (2013)
DON'T LET GO
Director Alfonso Cuarón
Producers Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman
Stars Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone), George Clooney (Matt Kowalski), Ed Harris (Mission Control (voice)), Orto Ignatiussen (Aningaaq (voice)), Phaldut Sharma (Shariff (voice)), Amy Warren (Explorer Captain (voice)), Basher Savage (Russian Space Station Captain (voice))
Release Date 3rd October 2013
Category Action Adventure
Running Time 91 minutes (1 hour, 31 minutes)
Rating M
Origin USA
Awards I hope not.
Coda No
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Official Blurb
"At 600km above planet Earth, the temperature fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is nothing to carry sound.
No air pressure.
No oxygen.

Life in space is impossible.

Academy Award® winners Sandra Bullock (John Lee Hancock's “THE BLIND SIDE” (2009)) and George Clooney (Stephen Gaghan's “SYRIANA” (2005)) star in “GRAVITY”, a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The film was directed by Oscar® nominee Alfonso Cuarón (“CHILDREN OF MEN” (2006)).

Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed,

leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.

But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

“GRAVITY” was written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman (the “HARRY POTTER” films). Chris deFaria, Nikki Penny and Stephen Jones served as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes multiple Oscar®-nominated director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki (“CHILDREN OF MEN”, Terrence Malick's “THE NEW WORLD” (2005)); production designer Andy Nicholson; editors Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger; and costume designer Jany Temime (the “HARRY POTTER” films). The visual effects were handled by Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Tim Webber (Christopher Nolan's “THE DARK KNIGHT” (2008)). The music was composed by Steven Price.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents an Esperanto Filmoj/Heyday Films production, an Alfonso Cuarón film, “Gravity.” Opening beginning October 4, 2013, it will be released in 3D and 2D and IMAX®, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company." - Warner Bros. Pictures PR
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Caption: (L-r) SANDRA BULLOCK as Ryan Stone and GEORGE CLOONEY as Matt Kowalski in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "GRAVITY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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Caption: SANDRA BULLOCK as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller “GRAVITY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures Caption: (L-r) GEORGE CLOONEY as Matt Kowalski and SANDRA BULLOCK as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "GRAVITY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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Caption: David Heyman, Sandra Bullock, Alfonso Cuarón, George Clooney and Basher Savage
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Caption: Sandra Bullock faces the music.
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Photo Credit: Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images
Caption: Sandra Bullock at Sandra Bullock Hands and Footprints Ceremony, on Wednesday, September, 25, 2013 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.