Gravity

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(out of 5)


 and  are astronauts on a routine space-walk fixing machinery in orbit, he an old pro at the job and she in free-fall for the first time.  They try to wrap up quickly when they are informed that debris is speeding at them from a recently destroyed satellite, but are not fast enough to prevent a collision that leaves the two of them stranded and desperate to do whatever they can to make it to a space station and then back home to earth.  Sleek, stylish and so very smooth, Alfonso Cuaron’s exciting and tense adventure film is notable for being an outer-space feature that does not pressure itself to include any science-fiction elements: there isn’t even romance let alone aliens, just humans and technology, the struggle to survive played out in what feels like real time (of course it is not) with the aid of blisteringly charismatic performances and superb visual effects.  Bullock is particularly memorable for employing her familiar amiability and terrific timing without ever overplaying her hand, and she and the director put the audience in her shoes enough to make it a continuously nerve-wracking experience.


Warner Bros., Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films

USA/United Kingdom, 2013

Directed by

Screenplay by Alfonso Cuaron,

Cinematography by

Produced by Alfonso Cuaron,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Alfonso Cuaron,

Academy Awards 2013

Golden Globe Awards 2013

Toronto International Film Festival 2013

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