“Gravity” BlockBuster Is Out Of This World

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“Gravity” BlockBuster Is Out Of This World

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Outer space. Darkness. Complete silence. Outside of the earth’s atmosphere is complete solitude. It’s normal to look up and wonder what it would be like to float around in utter silence, in total isolation. The silver screen is the closest that 99% of people get to experience of the vacuum that is space, and now it is more real than ever.

“Gravity”, a Alfonso Cuaron -directed movie, is one of the most vivid and visually stunning movies since James Cameron’s “Avatar”. From bright images of space to a beautiful interpretation of the Northern Lights from 500 miles above the Earth’s surface, “Gravity” captures the essence of our planet better than almost any other movie. Another impressive visual component of Gravity are the intense crash sequences. It would be extremely hard for an earth-bound human to imagine the high speeds that someone travels in space. For instance, at one point the main character is floating toward a space station and looks to be going slow because of the great distance she is covering. When she gets closer to the space station, the film-makers clearly portray the true speed at which she is traveling and just how hard it is to maneuver without gravity.

The film-makers did an unbelievable job at capturing the essence of zero-gravity movement. The entire movie was filmed to make the viewer feel as if he/she were outside of the Earth’s atmosphere along with the character. Gravity has easily joined the ranks of one of the best in-theatre experiences for moviegoers (in an aesthetic sense) along with “Avatar” and other visually vibrant movies.

One of the major critiques of “Gravity” is the slow, dragging plot. Admittedly, “Gravity” is relatively torpid, but while the plot develops, the film captivates with intriguing crash scenes and bright lights. During the movie, audience members have a sort of “what’s next?” feeling, but viewers walk out with a sense of awe.

Many critics joke that the movie should be redubbed “Sandra Bullock’s Worst Day.” In many ways, I agree. It seemed as if the film-makers wanted to pile on more and more hardship on Bullock’s character before finally resolving the film. In many ways, though, she was the largest success of the movie. People like watching Sandra Bullock in pain because she is such a brilliant actor. She took every challenge her character faced personally and fed that to the audience in defiance and servitude. This is without a doubt Bullock’s best movie since “The Blind Side” and may be the second best movie of her entire career.

Tarbut students generally have positive feedback on the blockbuster: “I really enjoyed the way the movie drew you in,” said Avery Emond. “The movie did a great job of connecting you to the characters.”

Overall, the acting and effects of “Gravity” make it an unbelievable picture to be seen on the silver screen. “Gravity” is definitely a must see and it is recommended to blow a few extra bucks on IMAX 3D and truly experience one of the most fascinating movies of the year.

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