ON A MISSION: Bullock and Clooney star in an eerie, tense space thriller.
Pitch-perfect performances from stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and breathtaking celestial scenery combine to make Gravity an enjoyably engrossing science-fiction thriller/space drama that vividly demonstrates the elasticity of the human spirit under the most unimaginable of circumstances.
Directed, co-written and produced by Alfonso Cuarón (Pan's Labyrinth, Children of Men), Gravity posits Bullock in awards territory as Dr. Ryan Stone, an accomplished engineer on her maiden shuttle voyage, alongside her more seasoned colleague Matt Kowalski. But on what was supposed to be a routine spacewalk disaster strikes: the shuttle is destroyed leaving both astronauts completely isolated. Having lost their only link to Earth, the only way of getting home may be to go farther into the terrifying expanse of space.
Equal parts jolting and fascinating, Cuarón's film deftly explores ideas of fear and vulnerability as he ratchets up the pulse-pounding intrigue and elicits captivating turns from his two actors, who bear the weight of the entire picture on their competent shoulders. If Clooney is the film's source of intermittent humour and effortless charm, Bullock brings a riveting presence to the screen, embodying an impressive sense of calm and focus. Her performance easily ranks among the finest female leads of the year.
Early on in Gravity, Clooney's Matt asks Bullocks Ryan what she loves most about being in outer space. "The silence," she replies. It's a response that rings hauntingly true for what will certainly go down in film history as a spellbinding, visually stunning masterpiece. Tyrone's Verdict: A