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Steen: Not as crazy about Gravity as Earth-bound box office
Six hundred kilometres above Earth, there is no air pressure and no oxygen.
Gravity is certainly a space epic, starring Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone) and George Clooney (Matt Kowalski). Stone is a medical engineer on her first mission and Kowalski is a veteran astronaut.
So, when all Hell breaks loose on what should have been a routine spacewalk, lives are lost and the space station is destroyed.
And therein lies the gravity of the situation. (Well, I’m sorry, but I just had to put that in!)
Bullock spent three months in training to prepare for this role—a role for which 13 other actresses tested before Bullock was selected.
Gravity had been under development for four years awaiting the technology needed to shoot this space thriller. It was James Cameron’s Avatar which produced the technology that was needed for Gravity.
Buzz Aldren (the second man to step foot on the moon) calls Gravity “remarkable,” and the manner in which it was filmed is remarkable.
But for me, personally, having only two actors in a film gets a bit boring.
Having said that, there are edge-of-your-seat moments and the visual effects are awesome.
I think it’s worth seeing and, apparently, so do a lot of other people as the North American debut brought in more than $48 million. So Alfonso Cuaron’s $80-million space survivalist tale looks like it will be a huge hit.
A couple of good lines: Kawalski: “I know I’m devastatingly good looking, but you gotta stop staring at me”
Stone: “I hate space.”
Gravity seems to have it all—big name actors, great cinematography, exceptional visual effects. But it just falls a little flat and it’s hard to pinpoint why, but there is no “wow” when the show’s over.
I give Gravity three reels, and yes, from a distance there are no borders and no wars.