Alfonso Cuaron’s glorious imaginary creation will utterly engulf you and leave you breathless.
Gravity, stars two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) floating in space with the beautiful planet earth shimmering below in all it’s blue and green aura.
While the title refers to a notion almost entirely absent from the film, a fully suited spaceman and woman twist and turn in slow motion, tethered to a space station like foetuses attached to their umbilical cords.
Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) is allowed to enter space after just six months of specialist NASA training to attach a new high-tech device to a telescope, under the supervision of Matt Kowalski (Clooney), a space veteran.
Rather than the astronauts telling Houston there is a problem, this time, Houston (the voice of Ed Harris) is telling them a terrifying situation is about to unfold.
As Stone works on Hubble Kowalski boasts joyfully as he dreams of breaking space-walking records, while on the other side of the earth, Russia detonates a satellite and the debris is soon hurtling towards the American explorers.
The breathtaking scenes which Cuaron architects from there on in will leave you gasping with rapture and excitement as the pair wrestle to stay alive in the void of outer space.
Cuaron fantastically balances the glorious vistas of planet earth and the edge-of-your-seat gripping tension from what is unfolding in the foreground.
Stone is soon forced to draw on her status as a bereaved mother to survive.
While the tragedy originally thwarted her survival instinct, the bond - which instinctively draws one human to another - reignites her as the film enters a thrilling and spiritually attuned finale.
Cuaron, who wrote the film with his son Jonas, has given Bullock one of the roles of her career, while Clooney remains true to himself, cool in chaos with the occasional flirting to boot.
This overpowering 3D spectacle will absorb you into outer space as the heart-achingly tender thriller explores the miracle of motherhood.
Sandra Bullock as Dr Ryan Stone
George Clooney as Matt Kowalksi
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