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Gravity gratifies viewers

Sandra Bullock acting is mediocre in ‘Gravity.’ Released Oct. 4, 2013. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Every so often a film comes out for which all that really needs to be said is: “Just go see it.”

‘Gravity’ is the latest of these movies, and to my memory, the best in a long time.

It’s hard to say much about Gravity’s short, simple story without saying too much. In fact what makes director Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller special is its simplicity. It’s deceptively hard for a movie to be this simple.

Suffice it to say that ‘Gravity’ is a thriller, though certainly not a horror movie, that takes place in low-Earth orbit about astronauts caught in the middle of a disaster.

‘Gravity’s’ cast is very small, mostly consisting of Sandra Bullock with support from George Clooney and the voice of Ed Harris. The acting is done well, but none of the roles are particularly dynamic or groundbreaking.

While script is well-written with a solid plot and great dialogue, the bareness of the writing makes it so that a lot of the dialogue is used as an obvious device to explain to the audience what’s going on.

Instead of sweeping with catchy melodic themes, Steven Price’s orchestrated soundtrack effectively creates the anxious mood of the movie so other elements of the film don’t have to, but the most exciting moments on screen happen in deafening silence.

All of these elements are boiled down to their most essential minimums so that a single aspect of the movie can be fully emphasized: what you’re seeing.

Viewers familiar with “Children of Men,” a previous film by Cuaron, can have some idea what to expect with the way the director uses long, very creative and dynamic camera work to draw viewers into the experience.

That, coupled with great special effects, make ‘Gravity’ an amazing visual experience. The 3D is also done fantastically well and doesn’t fall into any of the pitfalls every other 3D movie seems to.

Make no mistake, see this movie in 3D and see it on the biggest screen you possibly can.

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Sasan Kasravi
Sasan Kasravi, Opinions editor
Opinions editor, spring 2014, fall 2013, spring 2013.

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